Levi & Brenda Meeuwenberg are offering wonderful information and examples in Permaculture. Levi M. took the 2 week Natural Cottage course in July 2012 at the Strawbale Studio.
Eric Moshier is a 3rd-generation mason who likes rocket mass heaters, and is a certified masonry heater builder. He can do up-to-code / permitted installations.
Here’s his masonry heaters gallery page: http://www.solidrockmasonry.com/heaters_stoves.html
Chris A. Snyder – Principal – Equilibrium Energy Spaces | LinkedIn
Architect, builder, Certified Passive House Consultant. Manchester, Michigan. Architecture & Planning. (casnyder at ic.org, spam protected) Manchester, MI Manchester, MI 48158 Phone: (734) 428-9249 equilibriamenergyspaces skype. MI Passive House website Slide presentation – MI Passive Houses
Mark Campbell stjosephsbuilding.com Mark is doing building, strawbale construction in the area and nationally ! Mark has been doing strawbale home construction around the country, and would love to work closer to his home & family in Ann Arbor, MI.
Tom Hoyt – http://ancient-gallery.blogspot.com/ Tom is an artist with landscaping & rocks and does forged steel that also incorporate rocks he finds regionally. He loves this work. Look at 2009 pictures on his blogspot for more landscaping / rock work pics.
Jason Arnott – www.earthenvironments.com Jason is interested in creating sense of place, a sense of community, and creation of local destinations, with a focus on sustainability.
Resources: Natural building education, architects & more
Midwest & Great Lakes Region
Illinois, Indiana, Oho, Michigan, Ontario, Wisconsin
See Chris Reinhart Log – which shows the evolution of the design and build process … and he has spoken extensively around Indiana on natural building. … materials in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, near Bloomington. 812-323-7177 or 812-373-7177
- St. Mary Baird, Strawbale Hermitage near Bloomington, Indiana. Dave Sebolt, from Ann Arbor, MI was the main consultant & organized/implemented most of the building process. Deanne Bednar assisted Dave in collecting reed, along with Str Mary Baird. William Cahill finished up the roof. Wolfson Earthen artisans (above) shaped and finished the interior walls and installed the earthen floor.
South East & Mid Michigan
The Strawbale Studio A place and a learning program.
Deanne Bednar (email@example.com) Oxford, MI (248) 628-1887 Natural Building Activities, Presentations and Internships, with a focus on education & training in strawbale, cob, round pole, thatching, earth oven, earth plasters & sculpting.
Kensington Kids Cottage. A public natural building project, collaboratively built, at the Farm Center in the Kensington Metropark, Milford, Michigan.
The Ann Arbor Folk School . The mission of Mi Folk School is to build community by providing educational programs that promote learning, teaching, and renewal of traditional folk arts and to promote the preservation of forest and farmland.
MI Folk School
Jacob & Julia Gold, possibly buying a camp, and in time opening a permaculture/crafts center near Traverse City connections.
Three Roods Farm
is for sale
in Columbiaville. A good set up for community, arts, on 23 acres next to the Columbiaville Land Conservency. $280,000. some different folks looking at it, maybe they could all get together? Another ad
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Karl and Gaylin Kaufman
Ecovillages in Lansing/Grand Rapids area.
Developing a model for an Ecovillage that will partner with neighboring towns. Bryan Mets, Grand Rapids, contact person for evolving Ecovillage projects & online Great Lakes Permaculture Portal. 586-945-1193 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Smith, Lansing Co-founder of evolving Ecovillage projects & Time bank documentary email@example.com
Michigan Ecovillage Develpment: Karl & Gaylin KaufmanMichigan Ecovillage – Fellowship for Intentional CommunityMichigan Ecovillage | Facebook
Ecofarm in Allegan Teaching organic and natural farming best practices, developing a model eco-living community. Mary Colborn, Director, Allegan Historic Farm and Learning Center.firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Skyline . Almont, Michigan. Offering nature programs that nurtures the spirit.
Joe Trumpee, U of M prof, constructs Strawbale home near Ann Arbor
Mark Campbell email. email@example.com cell 734-368-1234 stjosephbuilding.com Mark has been doing strawbale home construction around the country. He would love to work closer to his home & family in Ann Arbor MI
Gregg Brazell – www.ehrlum.com green designing.Gregg’s passion is to help a small town with a local infrastructure re-localize. He is a designer, has built houses, fine carpentry
Tom Hoyt – http://ancient-gallery.blogspot.com/ Tom is a local landscape artist and sculptor who loves to work with forged steel sculptures that incorporate rocks he finds locally on the land. .
Jason Arnott – www.earthenvironments.com Jason is interested in creating sense of place, a sense of community, and creation of local destinations, with a focus on sustainability. The team does design, building, landscaping, and is looking to help small towns keep their historic & ecological & economic preservation.
Sunstructures Architecture Wayne Appleyard firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 734-994-5650 Ann Arbor, MI Specialiing since 1974 in passive solar, resource efficient, environmentally sound buildings including strawbale.
New Harvest Homes inc. Lance Bowen, LEED AP 248 990 2943. Offers green & Natural Building Services including Straw bale Construction. Has LEED certification. Article by Lance on Green Building in Healing Gardens Journal
RusticBuilder.com . Mike Ross and his sustainability website. (Currently Living in Knoxville TN)
Chris A. Snyder – Principal – Equilibrium Energy Spaces | LinkedIn
Architect, builder, Certified Passive House Consultant. Manchester, Michigan. Architecture & Planning. (casnyder at ic.org, spam protected) Manchester, MI Manchester, MI 48158 Phone: (734) 428-9249 equilibriamenergyspaces skype. Architect of Manatou Arbor Ecolvillage, Kalamazoo, MI. Also teaches/presents on the Zero Energy Home, and more. MI Passive House website
Chris Coon, Renewable Energy System, designer & installer. Phone: (734) 428-9249
Fredric McLaughlin, Architect. email@example.com East Lansing MI Tel: 517-507 0547 General architectural practice, including passive solar, SB, alternatives. Has taught classes on “alternative structures” at Lansing Community College. Has an awesome design for a strawbale home and office on wooded land near downtown Lansing.
David Sebolt. Architect.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 734-747-8860Green design, and helping to coordinate conversation on natural building and community in Ann Arbor area.
Heart and Soul Landscaping & Natural Building (moved to the East Coast?)
Cécile Green & Daniel Little Ann Arbor, MI email@example.com 1-734-761-9144 Focuses on building beautiful living spaces indoors and out. Renovations, Additions, Garden Structures, Greenhouses, and creative Play Structures using Natural, Non-Toxic Materials and Methods. Creating spaces of sanctuary.
River Raisin Institute. Promoting sustainable community development, collaborating with others to promote transformational learning & sustainable community for the 21st Century. Co-sponsor of the Kensington Metropark Kids Cottage, Milford, MI.
Strawbale and general builder/contractor.
Jason Graves is doing natural building in this region. He has built two strawbale structures in New England, led a few workshops, and offers consulting in regards to passive solar gain design and installation. He is also a carpenter and general contractor.
michigannaturalbuilding.com . A website on a little strawbale project in the Flint, MI area being done by Sharon Howell.
Strawbale home near Lansing, MI . Owner-builders Don & Connie Barlow Built in 2009 – 2010.
Strawbale House under construction in 2008-9. Grass Lake, Michigan by Joe Trumpey, U of M Professor www.artsoneearth.org
WARM Training Center. Now named EcoWorks !
promotes the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes and communities through education, training and technical assistance. Detroit, MI, USA
“Community and Natural Building” group meets in the Ann Arbor area. Email Dave Sebolt <firstname.lastname@example.org>to get on the list or ask more questions. This group was active in 2005 +
Detroit area Natural Building Meetup .
Detroit Green Map. An online map of sustainable resources, businesses, places in Detroit, MI.
Kensington Kids Cottage Blog and Pictures. Visit the site at the Kensington Metropark Farm Center, Milford, MI
PERMACULTURE / FARMING connections
Jared Bogdonov-Hanna, Permaculture Educator & Farmer, Background teaching PC at Oakland University Student Organic Farm Program. PC Design & Construction Business.
Mark and Allison Coleman Angelini. PC design, installation business, traditional skills education, Organic Farming, the arts. Now on 1000 acre family farm in VA. Still connected with Michigan.
Les Rogenbuck . 12th generation organic farmer, farm markets, education, community connections.
Jason & Julia Gold . MI Folk School. Traditional Arts Education, Community, land & organic farming.
Karl and Gaylin Kaufman, Michigan Intentional Communities movement, Karl is son of Michigan Organic Farm Association founder, Maynard Kaufman. Community, elders, education, farming.