I get to hear the best stories…because of the people who come through the Strawbale Studio and networking! I have wanted to share them for years….and am now taking the time to share some. Enjoy the inspiration as much as I do !
12/19/2014 ALL-GIRLS YOUTH CORPS WINS NATIONAL AWARD
An award was received by SEEDS (ecoseeds.org, Strawbale Studio’s Fiduciary Sponsor) for a project entitled “G.U.R.L.S.! Corps—Girls United for Resilience, Leadership, and Service. “ This program was created through a partnership with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan to provide opportunities for teenagers aging out of the foster care system, and was supported by the Biederman Foundation. The SEEDS Youth Corps hosted 11 students in the foster care system, five of whom formed this all-girls team. The Corps Network, an association of more than 125 Conservation Corps from around the country just announced their 2015 Project of the Year Awards and SEEDS is one of the three Corps to receive this national recognition !
12/17/2014 The NEW PARADIGM – a small permaculture farm. This is what I am hearing over and over again. For example ~ A fellow asked to be on the Strawbale Studio listserve, and since he is from Ontario I also recommended him to the Endeavour Center, a natural building & sustainable skills program initiated by Chris Magwood. Bob responded: “Yes I know Chris, he is 2 hrs away and I know him well. He has been at our house and we have done various workshops with him.
Currently I am converting 3 acres into a food forest on swales and berms using Permaculture Design as guiding principles and ethics. “ James Robert Chambers Dip. Ed. OCT, PDC. Ontario
12/15/2014 LOCAL ECONOMY – supporting each other in the community. I want to start a link that has the folks I know and love in the area, and their work. Here is one: Dr. Troy Farwell – who does Health Consulting and Education at his awesome store, Simple Organics Oxford, MI. He also offers training to be a Holistic Health Practitioner with OM Wellness Institute.
12/14/2014 MAKERSPACES Miriam Markus first told me about Makerspaces ~ where people can come together and share tools and information. Over the past year or so I heard her be excited about the idea, then actually start a Makerspace in her art studio in Lum, MI. She offered a class on Collage Art…and reports ….
“It was a good time. People all 6, including me, were pleased with the space and the doings. the wood stove got it cozy.. There was lots of food and a friendly atmosphere. Next up felting at Deb Stallings on Jan 19. 6pm. She’s in Imlay City and has offered her space. Got bags of alpaca from a farm in Columbiaville. Gorgeous stuff. “
11/14/2015 MICHIGAN FOLK SCHOOL. I had a conversation with Jason Gold. He and his wife Julie coordinate programs at Washtenaw Community College as well as their farm site near Ann Arbor. Lacto-Fermenting, Snow shoeing, Fiddling, …. on and on. He is collaborating with many, include Nate Ayers, who teaches and does Permaculture. I have been asked to teach some basic 1 day natural building courses there, and a week-long Intensive here at Strawbale Studio. Looking forward to that ! www.mifolkschool.com/ The mission of the Michigan Folk School is to build community by providing educational programs that promote learning, teaching, and renewal of traditional folk skills …
August through October, 2014. I was hearing great stories but not recording them ! Yeow.
7/16/2014 Bob, who delivered some local “sharp sand” for the Sauna Addition 2 week building workshop…told about how they were raised in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan, and bathed in the lake, then set up a pipe with a hand pump on it, to take the water up into a holding tank so it could gravity feed into their house. His grandfather was from Finland where they had awesome saunas, too.
7/16/2014 Jim Leidel of Oakland University energy Program – is hosting an event about Michigans Energy Future. 10/26/2014 at noon.
RENEWABLE ENERGY in Germany has increased from 6.3 percent of the national total in 2000 to about 25 percent in the first half of 2012. Learn about their strategies and goals on this wikipedia article. I have been part of a study group that read Jeremy Rivkin’s latest book “The Third Industrial Revolution” in which he proposes a distributive renewable energy system. He has been advising the Chancellor of Germany (a woman) and has contributed to this hopeful evolution toward sources of energy that are endless. Ah.
Lois Robbins responds: Today I heard about another story I want to include, happening in Chicago. Vacant (“blighted”) land in Chicago is being offered to residents for $1 a lot. The only stipulation is that the purchaser must already own property on that block. Result: parks, playgrounds, art projects, community gardens are popping up spontaneously everywhere.Chicago is practically giving away land: vacant lots for just $1 each. The catch? To buy one, you must already own a home on the same block.
Thatched ROUND HOUSE in Wales
6-14/2014 Jo, from England, visited this weekend. I met her at the Cob Cottage Company where she was coordinating the internship natural building program there. Over the last 7 years she has been teaching natural building and contributing in many ways to the movement. She is now on a Permaculture Tour of the U.S. with a friend, to get ideas that they will take back to England with the goal of integrating the best of them into projects there. Jo told me about a friend of hers in Wales who is making a thatched Roundhouse of Phragmite Reed Grass, like the Strawbale Studio. Check out the design and shape of this ancient traditional building style ! The woman who built it lives off the grid and walkes up the hill to use the phone. I can write her, Jo says.
WHAT IS A “FOOD TRUCK” ?
6/12/2014 Background: I did a thatching workshop on the Cordwood Chapel at Kristine Beck’s family farm which is evolving into an awesome Permaculture Center (Kinstone Circle Academy for Applied Permaculture) In addition to organizing Permaculture & Reskilling workshops for adults and youth, she is creating a Food Truck. (Deanne)