Straw Bale Building Workshop

Photo credit: DIY House Building

Long ago, in rural communities, when someone needed a new home, the whole village would come together for a day of building and fellowship. In historic barn raisings, participants would share tools, stories and a meal, building a stronger community with each piece of lumber secured. One drawback of modern building techniques is that this type of collaborative event has become increasingly rare. But supporters and volunteers of Crown Point Ecology Center will soon have a unique opportunity to come together and raise the walls of new housing for the seasonal interns who live and work on this local, organic farm.

Volunteers who participate in the straw bale housing workshop will learn from local natural building experts. Building with straw involves a small carbon footprint because straw bales are a product of cultivated fields, not forests. They are also light and easily transported from field to construction site and produced locally in Ohio.

Local architect Charles Robinson will lead the project, made possible through “Fund-a-Need” donations at Crown Point’s 2016 Taste of Earth fundraiser.

Workshop begins at 9 a.m. No small children, please. Recommended for adults and teens who can work independently.

Lunch will be provided.

Register here.