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August 2017

Strawbale Studio Exhibit / Demo at Eastern Market

Come visit the Eastern Market, and come to Shed 5 to see the Strawbale Studio exhibit and demonstrations !  We will firing up the Traveling Turtle Earth Oven, and also a 15 brick Rocket Stove outdoor cooker.  And come participate in earth plasters on a strawbale, and modeling earth as a sculpture (cob).  Whoopee ! Books and Earth Plaster Sculpting Mix also is for sale at the booth. There will be dozens of other Tent 5 & 6...all oriented…

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October 2017


Explore this beautiful, ecological and long-lasting roof system. Tour several thatched roof buildings, see a demo of thatching, and try your hand at it, see a video on thatching. Deanne received basic training from a Danish Master Thatcher. Join in reed collecting on Sunday at a local field. Bring bag lunches. Strawbale Studio Saturday. January 9, 2016 Arrive 9:30a. Class 10a – 5p. Sunday, January 10 - join in on reed harvesting in a local field ! 10-4p.     $55 prepaid…

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January 2018

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THATCHED ROOF Workshop ~ An Introduction to the Basics

January 13, 2017 Saturday. Tour, Class, Demo & Hands-on thatching, demo of reed collecting. January 14, 2017 Sunday.  Optional practice reed collection in local field. Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system. *Tour the 3 thatched buildings on site, learn the principles of design and construction, *participate in a thatching demo on an indoor frame, & *watch a British & Danish thatching video. On Sunday – come learn how to  harvest Phragmite reed for thatching... in a nearby…

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Rocket Stove & Fire Workshop – Includes Earth Oven

Create useful heat efficiently from local materials !  Tour buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on: mockup of combustion unit, mixing cob & finish plaster, make a model of an Earth Oven and a Rocket Cooker. Principles of construction, code.  Bring a bag lunch. Also experience a Rumford Fireplace, Rocket Stove Cooker, and see Hay Box, Solar Oven and Earth Oven!   January 27 & 28, 2018 Sat 10a-5p Sun 10-4p $125 for both days prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $150…

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March 2018

Fermenting & Fun Food Preservation

Fermenting Fun & Magic Food Preservation !   March 24  1-5p OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Taste test, see demo, experience hands-on, and take home starters … Kimchi,  Butter, Honey Mead, Sour Dough Wraps, Nixtamalizing Corn, Dehydrating apples & more ! YUM !  Tour the enchanting Strawbale Studio & grounds and see thatched roofs, earth plasters, earth oven, rocket stoves + ! $35 Early Bird Special  Paid in Full by Feb. 24 - 1 month in advance) $40 thereafter. Bring-A-Friend ~ $5 off…

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Eco-Cooking !

March 25 1- 5p Eco-friendly ways to cook food: experience a Hay Box insulative Cooker, Sun Oven, Rocket Stove Cooker, Pocket Rocket, Earth Oven & Kelly Kettle !  Located on rural wood land at Strawbale Studio ~ See the enchanting buildings & grounds.  Optional: also attend the Fermenting Class on Sat march 24th the day before.  Overnight and meals just $10 extra. $25 Early-Bird Special 1 mo. In advance / $35 thereafter.   Group discounts ~ 2 or more.   Click…

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April 2018

Edible Plants & Mushroom Foraging + Shiitake Mushroom Log Inoculation

Kelly Thiede and Dryads Saddle at Strawbale Studio 2017 April 15, 2018 Come walk the woods and surrounds at Strawbale Studio exploring the edible and useful plants and mushrooms that are up and about!   Instructors Deanne Bednar and Kelly Theide are delighted to share information and the day with you.  Kelly has her Michigan Mushroom Harvesters Certificate and is really into it ! Foraging Class - common wild plants we can eat ! Deanne loves the diversity of "plant friends"…

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MI Earthday Fest ~ Rochester, MI April 20-22, 2018

The MI Earth Day Fest is one of the planet's largest and liveliest Earth Day celebrations.  Family-Friendly FREE Festival with a wide variety of exhibits, attractions & activities.  Bring your friends and family to downtown Rochester April 20 - 22, 2018 ... and check out the STRAWBALE STUDIO Exhibit Table, Hands-on Activities, Earth Oven and Strawbale Climbing Pyramid !    Friday, April 20 – 4p-8p. Saturday, April 21 – 10a-6p. Sunday, April 22 – 10a-4p.  

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May 2018

Foraging Class + Earth Oven Pizza & Bonfire

Saturday, May 19th from 2:00 - 7:00p Enjoy an afternoon walking the land -- learning about and HARVESTING wild plants and mushrooms ! Then co-create a meal with some of them - as salad, and tea, while others can be added to a pizza as toppings, or cooked up with eggs in a wrap.  We plan to fire up the Earth Oven for the pizza, and eat around the bonfire, based on the weather.  Totally fun 🙂 There are also…

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May 2019

$35 – $160

MEMORIAL DAY Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities !

Attend all or part of this weekend !   Free camping available. MEMORIAL DAY Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities ! Hands-on Workshops: LIVING ROOF, ROCKET STOVE OUTDOOR COOKER, THATCHED ROOF, EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING, Register Now at EventBrite! Schedule Saturday May 25, 2019 Sat 9:30a - 12:00p  LIVING ROOF Workshop !  Hands-on installation includes membrane, drainage, soil layers and installation of some plants.  See several other living roofs on site and tour the enchanting Strawbale Studio and the Hobbit Sauna !  Pricing…

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