Our Story

Our story begins in 2016 with Mr. Ryan Timmermans, then living in South Carolina, purchasing 50 acres in Carson, New Mexico. Since then, we have accomplished many milestones to help homeless veterans and promote eco-friendly living. Click "view full history" to see the events that have gotten us where we are today as well as current achievements.
Jul
2018
COMPOSTING TOILET & OUTDOOR SHOWER FRAME BUILT
Carson, New Mexico  —  Jul 05, 2018
Despite delay from the rain, we worked on getting the composting toilet and outdoor shower frame built, Earthship courtyard tire wall to the 3rd course, and excavated the shed floor for a concrete pour!
Jun
2018
ILLEGAL TIRE DUMP CLEANUP
Taos, New Mexico  —  Jun 30, 2018
Taos County still has problems with illegal tire dumps. Veterans Off-Grid volunteers alongside with Taos County Solid Waste Department organized a tire site clean up day. We took usable tires back to prepare to build the first sustainable house for a homeless veteran.
Jun
2018
SHED FLOOR POUR COMPLETED
Carson, New Mexico  —  Jun 12, 2018
With the help of NeuEarth Biotecture and volunteers, the new shed floor was poured and completed.
Apr
2018
EARTHSHIP GREENHOUSE COMPLETE
Carson, New Mexico  —  Apr 05, 2018
A special thank you to Jan McComas and family for there contributions to the completion of the Earthship greenhouse. We couldn't be more proud of how it turned out. Though a few modifications remain, we will be planting organic, and sustainable, food crops in the very near future!
Mar
2018
BUILDING THE ROAD
Carson, New Mexico  —  Mar 24, 2018
Road repair Fridays went exceptionally well, and we made a tremendous amount of progress despite doing it entirely by hand. We have 1 mile of road to repair, and I am so thankful for our volunteers who are making a difference!
Jan
2018
KANSAS COMMUNITY COLLEGE HELPING IN A BIG WAY
Overland Park, Kansas  —  Jan 12, 2018
We are proud to announce that Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas is allowing our Content Manager Colby Carson to get college credit for working with Veterans Off-Grid! Colby, a member of the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa, will be enrolling in an independent study with a faculty member to further develop leadership skills by managing volunteer contributions to research, communications, and blog writing. Thank you JCCC!
Nov
2017
MATERIALS SHED BUILT
Carson, New Mexico  —  Nov 16, 2017
A big thank you to Sam Coad and Rae Potter for their hard work putting up a 14 x 20 shed for Veterans Off-grid! This shed will store donated materials that will later go on to build sustainable housing for veterans in need of a community. Another big thank you to Jan McComas for capturing all that hard work on film! Veterans Off-Grid appreciates all of you awesome people!
Oct
2017
VOG MENTION IN LIVE TAOS ARTICLE
Taos, New Mexico  —  Oct 25, 2017
"They were made for so much more, is something Ryan Timmermans, a U.S. Army veteran now living in Carson, New Mexico repeatedly says when referring to the millions of combat veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and battling to re-integrate into civilian life."
Oct
2017
OUR NEW HOME
Carson, New Mexico  —  Oct 01, 2017
Say hello to Veterans Off-Grid's new home! This gorgeous 50-acre property is on top of a south-facing hill in Carson, New Mexico and is 11 miles from the International Earthship Academy and Gorge Bridge! It will one day be the home and workplace for 40 to 60 veterans in need of a community.
Sep
2017
BIRTH OF VETERANS OFF-GRID
Taos, New Mexico  —  Sep 23, 2017
I began the second step in my journey to create an organization dedicated to helping veterans in need of a community. I am proud to announce that Veterans Offgrid is now an active and federally recognized 501c3!
Dec
2016
TRAVELING FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO NEW MEXICO
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina  —  Dec 27, 2016
A month ago I left South Carolina armed with a signed land purchase contract, my trusty dog Savannah, a newly acquired truck plus a 5th wheel, and my dream to create a working prototype of an off-grid community for homeless, low income, and retired veterans. On the way, I ran over a deer carcass that damaged my 5th wheel, got hit in the parking lot of Walmart, and the sellers real estate agent died, causing the seller to cancel the land purchase contract! However, I am not giving up! This mission is too important for our veterans and our planet. I have made an offer on two separate properties and headed back to Taos, NM January 1st.
Sep
2015
GRADUATED FROM THE EARTHSHIP ACADEMY
Taos, New Mexico  —  Sep 28, 2015
Today I'm proud to announce I graduated from the Earthship Academy in preparation for establishing a national nonprofit dedicated to building Earthships and sustainable communities for veterans in need.