Thanks to PAST DONORS !

Funding and Contributions


Great thanks to all the folks who have contributed in so many ways to help build and teach,

and support the process! It takes us all.

There have been so many interns, friends and helpers who have been greatly helpful.


A Special Thanks to the following, who have given substantial donations to support this work.

And great appreciation for the emotional support that goes along with the financial support.

They both are a blessing!


2018 DONATIONS & GIFTS ! Thanks !
Gifts from… Ajeet Khalsa – Futon cover, Golden Milk, Other. Rich Points – Cutting Board he made with 3 woods pattern & built a shelf in the Red Shed for Worktrade. Gene Vilenni – made and helped intern install the West Windows for the Kids Cottage. Assisted in in construction of the Practice Structure. Organized a UHaul cleanup of recyclble items from storage sheds, assisted by Matthew McCoul. Paul Beaudet – spoon, carving set & more. Paul Beaudetand Spencer FieldMathew McCoul & intern Nish helped re-organize and clear parts of the Red Shed ! Spencer Field donated tools. Britta Anderson brought VT maple syrup and other food gifts. Destiny and Jason donated The Barefoot Architect book from the publishing company they work for. Sambhavi Sham Venkateswaraw donated $150. Dawn Holtz $250 check to use if needed. Chris Magwood, gave 4 books he wrote to Strawbale Studio, in exchange for coming to a Workshop! (Making Better Buildings, Pre-Fab Strawbale, Hempcrete Construction, Sustainable Home Design) . Selena Lucas donated $350 toward Deanne attending the SB class with Andrew Morrison which will be held at their place in Chelsea. home-mde celtic spearment soaps and bar towels to Strawbale Studio. Kelly, Theide 5 gal maple syrup sap. Chang Lian $100 donation gift by paypal ! Emily Eisele $25 donation. Sambhavi Sham Venkateswaraw donated $150. Alex Huebal, Sara, Lydia. scanned DB’s THESIS: Arlene Schmitzer – card and bird stamps ! Jared Bogdonov Hanna and Marci Nido: Things they grew: 20 lbs of potatoes, Colored Indian popping corn, garlic, healing salve, Emily & Ryan: Pickled black cherries, ginger kraut, purple kimchi, pickled greenbeans. And a tiny long=handled spoon from Thailand. Wow. Doug and Kat lend their car for use while Deanne finds a different car ! Also bring fab ferments, corn bracelet. Linda Jackson, financial donations, brings guests occasionally to tour ! Patrick Demers: Donated tools and food from his mom;s house and art studio/shop !! Plus a wheelbarrow and wood. ? FAY HANSON, many generousities. Destiny Ebersol made a financial donation also ! And SO many more that I will remember throughout the year !! Thanks, Thanks! Gratitude for your support ! Let me know if I can add your contribution to the list !


I feel so much support from all of you – friends, participants, visitors… together we give hope to the future…and each other ! Individual thanks to …. Fay Hanson & Lois Robbins, for financial and emotional support. Jessica Miskena for financial support & enthusiasm. Gene Villeni – built & installed the Kids Cottage Door, and is building windows, too. Printer from Sherry Vanderputty. Food grown in their organic garden, from Chris & Jug Tarr. Emotional support from many, including Ronna Fisher and Debbie Rowe and Michelle Lane. Steve Baibak and the RCAH art program of MSU for friendship and support. SEEDS non-profit and Sarna Saltzman, for their ongoing support as a “Fiduciary Sponsor” and a believer in the work. Gifts from Natalie & Brett, Emily & Ryan Eisley-Cunningham. Sunny & Richard Byrne. Paul Beaudet – so many creative contributions: spoons, storage improvement, more ! Sue Davis, gifts. Petar Simic, Filming of Reed collection, general support. Jared Bogdonov-Hanna, Permaculture support & friendship. Marcie Nido, website support. Mathew McCoul. Systems Designing. Spencer Field, organizational support, The Many folks who came and helped plaster and create, and organize and gave different kinds of support including Jacob Gnath, Michael Elsterman, Gene Villeni, Dana Driscoll, Arnie & Robert, Tanya Metfah, Micah Lindquist and more ! Neighbors who as always, are there in so many ways: LaFevers, Les & Elizabeth, The Abbots, Lisa and Steve, The Hoyts, Three Roods Farm, Greg and Robin. Marco Elsterman and GLEA. John Batdorf and MI Green Team. Thanks. Thanks! And all the rest of you, unnamed, yet part of co-creating Strawbale Studio and sharing the message !

2016  DONORS 

Fay Hanson, financial support.  Plaster Parties:  Kathy Cob, Hallie Cooper, Kirk Kasperian, Julia Goode, Petar Simic, Nia, Christina,Jordan, Angela Homes, Julie Howells.  

Tanya Meftah –  Hosted an Earth Day Exhibit Table for Strawbale Studio.  Interns are invaluable helpers. See intern lists in Year Reports !  Guests, below, helped out in various ways ! Thanks !

in addition to the many who come to the Potluck ! Dimitri Flam, studying yoga, permaculture, Jared Aiken and sister from Ontario, yoga and natural skills. Michael Mallon – brave spaces, super-hero training academy. Linda Jackson, Clarkston, MI, Peggy Maggid, retired elementary teacher, Susan Schwenn, Battle Creek, MI. Kay Fedewa guest with Dana Driscoll & friends. Ann Ford, Birmingham, MI. Charlie Reischl, Ann Arbor, MI. Emerson Schreiner, Grand Rapids. Jolene Ciglano, Fallon Januska, Matt Swain, Emily Tour. Ruthie Lane, Antioch College & Auburn Hills, Michigan. Genevieve Grover, traveling the Americas, Brita Anderson, studying natural building in Ontario. Peter Simic, co-manager Community Farm of Ann Arbor, Dominec Juarez, previous intern, NY. Gaylyn Kaufman, MI Ecovillage Movement, Christian Smith, Neighborwood presentation for the July Intensive, Andy Bologovski & friend, NY state, Holly Wunderlich, Dori, AK & Mira .Rachel Rogers, Ronni Marcus, , Jen Shannon. Jim & Doris, Keon Walker, Rabi Arnie & Robert Crowe & friend Marie …and more !


Publicity: Levi Meeuweberg, Ross Lukeman, Susan Lovelace, Sherry Margolis, Cyndi Summers, John Batdorf. A list of more to come.
Festival Exhibits: Scott, Laura & Noah, Sue Daves,
Donations:  Fay Hanson,  Veneta Mavrodieva, Heather Haskings & Martha Murphy, Marsha Oyler, Fay Hanson, JimBizer.

And many thanks to the others who Interned, helped at potlucks, and volunteered in so many helpful ways !  See 2015 Report for more details. 


2014 DONORS 

“In essence – and in reality – all Strawbale Studio projects are collaborations, co-created with our hearts & hands, together.” db

The Compost Volunteer Gang Saturday October 11, 2014.

The Compost Volunteer Gang Saturday October 11, 2014.

GRATITUDE  and thanks to CONTRIBUTORS, who have generously supported in so many ways: participants, funders, staff, volunteers, friends, co-teachers & connectors !  Thanks to all those listed and the many unlisted. Every bit contributes to the whole and you are appreciated!  We truly co-created the year at Strawbale Studio  together!

Thanks to FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTORS including Fay Hanson, Mary Alice Dooley, Kit Duffield, Harriet Oliver, Rosalind & Steve.  Thanks to Scott Cameron whose $500 helped support the heating system. The Strawbale Studio Celebration Party provided lots of fun and fulfillment, through community, food, music, a nurturing setting. Greenfire Band donated their performance and $360 was donated that night.  Additionally, excitement was generated by the outside Compost Furnace pile registering 140 degrees!


2013 & 2014 to date

A total of $360 was donated by individuals toward the Compost Furnace during the Celebration Party Nov 15, 2014, when Gene Vilenni and the members of Greenfire Trio donated an evening of their lively music ! Thanks to Lois Robbins – lots of support and collaboration, Chris McClellan, a building partner and all ’round supporter who has also connected me to so many amazing people, Angela, Jess Tess ~ lots of Publicity Development, Donovan Wentworth ~ creator of the website.  Dana Driscoll donated funds, plus a number of supportive activities ! Micah Linquist ~ invaluable co-creator of things wooden on the structures….roofing, skylight, stove pipe in and such.  Michael Elstermann has volunteered lots.  Doug Lovelace, always a help fixing or donating.  Scott Cameron checks in on me and gives business support.  The Tarrs – Chris and Jug have donated food from the garden and things needed along the way.  Jared Bogdonov-Hanna ~ plants and plant wisdom.  Emily Eisley, volunteer with mud and gardens. Roslind Tait and Steve Chang-Jee Lian donated money as well as volunteer time, Harriet Oliver – money and volunteer time, Dawn Holtz ~ lots of time toward infrastructure, grounds and financial planning, Jim and Mary Jo Bizner have contributed yearly. Thanks, Thanks. Volunteers “on the ground” Justin Poppo, Emily, Jake (+other bro) & Arlene Brezinski,  Catherine , Kerry GadosThe Mormon Sisters, T and GreenThe Abbots, Norma & Bill, Dave & Dorinda LeFevreThe HOYTS ~ Tom, Ruth, Rachel, Sarah, Clair and Jack.  Johnie Spezia, John Batdorf (tents & more) Tall Will, and more. Sherrie Vanderputte ~ Yes Magazine ! Kit from Permaculture Meetup ~ donation. Thanks for the teaching support from Paul Angelini~ Mushroom Cultivation Workshop Instructor, Mark Angelini ~ Round Pole Workshop Co-Teacher., and in previous years, Jared Bogdonov-Hanna & Jim McDonald ~ Plants & Permaculture & Plaster workshop with Deanne, Mark Krawchek ~ Copicing Workshop, Lynn Kalfsbeak, Native Plants Workshop…..and there are 10 times more folks. Email me and I would love to add you to this list !



Dana Driscoll ~ contribution and offer to teach a papermaking workshop!

Gloria Lowe ~ contribution

Jim and Mary Jo Bizer ~ contribution

Garret Schloss ~ donation of a DVD: Ben Law, Round Pole Framing.



Miriam Marcus who sponsored an intern to attend classes for 6 months.

Fay Hanson  Thanks so much for your support financially and in so many ways.

Scott Cameron  

Bob Pizzimenti

Mary Alice Dooley

James Bizer and Mary Jo Larson

Mike Ross

and others who contributed in many ways throughout the year.



Chris McClellan

Heather Hasking

Dawn Nelson

Jim McDonald

Jared Bogdonov-Hanna

Tammy Blackfoot


                                                    PREVIOUS DONORS 

Michigan Energy Office

Community Energy Grants were received from the State of Michigan Energy Office in 2004 and 2005

for Natural Building Education outreach and programing. These grants were with the support of the

Upland Hills Ecological Awareness Center. In 2006 the CE Grant partially supported the Kensington

Kid’s Cottage Project, through the Boggs Center.


Detroit Edison & First Solar of Toledo

Through the generosity of Detroit Edison, a solar electric system was given to the Strawbale Studio,

including a photovoltaic panel, regulator, batteries and inverter. The cadmium telurite PV solar panels

were donated by First Solar of Toledo.


Scott Cameron –  for financial & emotional support through the years !


Dewald Foundation

Funding was also received several times from the DeWald Foundation through the Upland Hills

Ecological Awareness Center.

And so many more who have contributed in a variety of wonderful ways.


“Anonymous” was a significant financial contributor.  You know who you are !