This superbly written article from Sutherland Living Magazine is the creation of a recent workshop participant, Tiffany Redding. Her enthusiasm and genuine excitement to learn were contagious during that workshop and she will long be remembered by all of those there. Tiffany’s article, “Home Sweet Home, is reprinted courtesy of Sutherland Living Magazine – extraordinary […]
Check out this quick news story I did today with Kevin Lollis of News Channel 10 here in Southern Oregon. It was for their weekly series “Green Wednesday.” We plan to do another follow up later this summer. Click here to watch the video.
As Thailand is a large rice producer, with up to 2 crops per year here in the north, there was a lot of rice straw left standing in the fields after harvesting, either by hand or machine, and most of it was burned to clear the way for more planting. I thought, why not use this neglected resource and build a small cottage.
1. Please introduce yourself: 🙂 I’m Paul Younger, an architect and associate with Hewitt Studios LLP in the UK. Our practice focuses on high-quality, non-traditional sustainable design – just because its green, doesn’t mean it has to be twee or old-fashioned! 2. How did you get involved with the Straw Bale Cafe? Had you built […]
I hope you enjoy this inspiring video on how plastic soda bottles became the simple solution to brightening the homes, and lives, of these people.
Check out this great video from our good friends Dennis and Leslie. It shows you how to build a simple and super efficient fire that not only burns stronger, but gives off less smoke.
It’s not unusual to end up with extra bales after building a straw bale house. In fact, I recommend it. Those extra bales are great to have around as steps or scaffolding supports when plastering. Furthermore, I would always rather have a few too many bales than not enough when building. The question is, what to do with the extra […]
If you are interested in different ways of creating a sustainable community, this website may be of interest to you. Here’s some information I pulled off of their website (I hope they don’t mind, but I want to let their own words inspire you). PURPOSE To be the open-source blueprint for a sustainable civilization. MISSION […]
Here’s a guest article by Paige Taylor. Paige is a creative writer from the University of Texas El Paso. As an aspiring writer she specializes in writing about travel detestations and tourism. I hope you enjoy her perspective. If you too would like to write a guest article for us, please let me know. Here’s […]
How amazing would it be to send your kids to school in a building made from straw? Imagine if all of our public school systems actually took that kind of care when designing and building new structures for our public schools. Here’s the good news. Some school districts, including the Upper Grand District in Ontario […]