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January 2018

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Round Pole Framing ~ the Basics

Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures. Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, use hand tools ~ making a mallet to take home plus a small team project using several types of notching. Bring a bag lunch. Includes on-line handouts.  Instructor: Deanne Bednar has designed and co-built small round-wood structures on site using both notching & lashing techniques. Support from Brita Anderson, carpenter from Ontario.  January 20 & 21, 2018 Sat…

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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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April 2018

Foraging for Wild Plants & Mushrooms

Kelly Thiede and Dryads Saddle at Strawbale Studio 2017 April 14, 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…

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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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The Joy of Foraging Wild Plants & Mushrooms.

Kelly Thiede and Dryads Saddle at Strawbale Studio 2017 Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 - 5:00PM.  SOLD OUT, sorry.  Enjoy roaming the land, finding lots of edible and medicinal things that are growing in this springtime!  Learn about some of the uses, taste test them, and dig up and take some plants home if you wish, where there is abundance.  Bring some plastic bags/containers/shovel if you would like to do that, or we have some here. This class also includes…

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May 29 Full Moon Potluck & Bonfire

Join us for May 29th Potluck & Bonfire, on a Tuesday ! Note - 6p Tour of thatched building & grounds & 7p 'ish Potluck & Bonfire !  Join us for a cozy evening – in the Strawbale Studio, outside & around the bonfire, or in the main house. For more information, check out our Full Moon Potluck INFO page!   RSVP with name & phone number.  Free event, or donations welcomed  ? FIND OUT MORE

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January 2019

WINTERNSHIP 2019 at Strawbale Studio

  2019 Winternship ~ Jan 7 – Feb 7  Harvesting in the Reed Fields During this unique and experiential month together you will learn many skills in Natural Building, Sustainable Living and Community ! The program will include the following weekend workshops for intern and the public:   Thatching & Reed Collection  Jan 12 & 13, 2019 Round Pole Framing Jan 19 & 20, 2019.   Rocket Stove & Earth Oven Jan 26 & 27,  2019. Earth Plaster & Sculpting Feb 2 & 3, 2019.     Participants will be…

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March 2019

$30 – $40

Fermenting Fun !

Fermenting Fun  & Magical Food Preservation !  March 23, 2019  Saturday 1-5p  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Taste test, see demo, experience hands-on, and take home starters … Kimchi,  Butter, Honey Mead, Sour Dough Wraps, Kombucha & Vinegar, Dehydrating apples. 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 March 9, 2 weeks in advance or $40 thereafter. Bring-A-Friend ~ $5 off…

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