Strawbale Studio

Natural Building & Sustainable Living Skills

Empower Youth to Create Change

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The Strawbale Studio program wants to make building & natural skills available to youth and young adults. What your donation will do.  Consider a one-time contribution, or a micro-donation monthly.

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2015 Strawbale Studio Year-End REPORT

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Many wonderful events happened in 2015 ! This list has links to more description and pictures for each event.  Below are also lists of Intern, New Projects, Media, Supporters, College…

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Gibbs Center – Sustainable Projects

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  Students from the Gibbs Center ~ who live together and do fabulous sustainability projects ~ came to the Strawbale Studio for a program to learn additional skills to take back…

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Green Club Tour !

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Rocket Stove Cooker Chatsfield School in Lapeer has an ecology club that lead by Peter McCreedy and assistant, Jenny.  This enthusiastic Green Club group rolled into the Strawbale Studio for…

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Candle & Gift-Making Class

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Three wonderful Candle Classes were held this December filling the air with the scent of bees wax.  We made our own wicks, dipped them into local bees wax ~  making…

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Natural Building Colloquium 2015

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This year was a 20th REUNION of the first Natural Building Colloquium, held at Black Range Lodge in Kingston, NM, bringing together natural builders in a  week of building, presentations…

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Forest Stewardship Class with Rick McAvinchey

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Forester and Wildlife Biologist Rick McAvinhey led us into the woods to have a deeper connection with the plant communities  on the Strawbale Studio land, and adjoining land co-owned by…

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Youth Classes

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  The Oakland Steiner School 3rd Graders visited the Strawbale Studio. They are studying  natural building in their curriculum, making it a perfect fit to come and do some foraging and natural building here.…

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Bio Char Demo with Karl & Gaylin Kaufman

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September 2015 Karl & Gayln Kaufman came to Strawbale Studio – to do a  low-tech biochar production demonstration. Biochar is charcoal from biomass, which effectively sequesters carbon for hundreds to thousands…

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The AUGUST INTENSIVE Natural Building Skills Class

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Six fabulous folks joined in during this Week-long Intensive Program ~ August 8 – 14th !  What a rich, productive and fun time we had. Hands-on activities included: base and finish plasters on…

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