Strawbale Studio Mission ~  Connecting People & Nature

By co-creating and connecting with nature, we harmonize with – and support – Life.  And besides . . . it’s FUN !

The Strawbale Studio Natural Building Education Program seeks to lower the ecological footprint of building and living practices by empowering others to take part in the construction and design of structures and supportive environments that are ecologically sustainable and beautiful.




You can choose how you’d like to Contribute: 

GIVE ONLINE or by check / money order


STEPS TO MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION through SEEDS* our fiduciary non-profit sponsor.

IMPORTANT: In order for Strawbale Studio to receive your donation, write a note on your donation that the funds are “for the purposes of the Strawbale Studio” 

  • When you donate through SEEDS (by VISA, PayPal or Check) the following will happen:
  • You will receive a tax receipt from SEEDS.  
  • SEEDS will notify Strawbale Studio of your donation, and send the funds to SBS.
  1. VISA (one-time only) DONATION through SEEDS
    WRITE “For the purposes of Strawbale Studio” IN THE COMMENT BOX


  2. PAYPAL (one-time only) DONATION through SEEDS
    You can give immediately online through PayPalwith no account required for one time donations!
  1. CHECK  Made out to SEEDS
    WRITE “For the purposes of Strawbale Studio in the check MEMO LINE!
    MAIL to SEEDS PO BOX 2454 , Traverse City, MI 49685. 
    I will be notified and receive the funds.


You could also send a gift directly to Strawbale Studio through Deanne’s PayPal, or as a check, but this would not be tax-deductible.

  • PAYPAL : Instant gifting online. Send  to “ecoartdb at”  as a gift. This is a Gift, but not Tax-deductible.
    Steps  to send a PayPal money gift / easy account sign up. You could do a “one time” or “reoccurring” gift this way.
  • BY CHECK made out to “Strawbale Studio” with “Donation” in memo line. Mail to PO Box 733, Oxford, MI 48370. This is a Gift, but not Tax-deductible.
  • WISH LIST  Got skills or leads on these items for Strawbale Studio?



See who helps make this work possible – contributing money, time, effort, skills and other gifts! This list is for 2020 as well as past years!  2020 is in the process of updating! Let me know if you know of anyone who we’d want on the list, including yourself !





SEEDS is Strawbale Studio’s “Fiduciary Sponsor”

SEEDS, ** is an awesome non-profit which “Seeks Environmental & Ecological Design Solutions” They are very active in the Traverse City area with nature education for youth, teaching farming skills & so much more ! When SEEDS supports the Strawbale Studio Program through Fiduciary Sponsorship, it meets SEEDS’ mission of “expanding sustainable education and ecological solutions “.  Strawbale Studio has had a Fiduciary relationship with SEEDS since 2007.



  1. Support to create online programing during Covid.
  2. Scholarships for participants to receive training through workshops and internships. ($40 supports for one day, $250 for one week)
  3. Youth Day Camp. $250 provides a full scholarship for a youth to attend camp for a week. $100 helps partially fund one attendee.
  4. Field trips & programming for urban youth. ($25 provides transportation, tour & workshop for 1 youth).
  5. Exhibits & Presentations.  $50 provides transportation, hand-outs and other costs for a day-long free presentation to the public.
  6. Publicity: printing of 500 copies of the bookmark with basic information about programming and the website ($100).
  7. Potential Programing:  Emergency and refugee housing. Through the use of the “Builders Without Borders” training manual, individuals can learn the basics of shelter. ($100 provides a student manual and a 3 day course)