Mother Earth News published a nice article written by Joe Silins about his journey as a natural builder and building his small straw bale guest house. The first paragraph reads:

Volunteers helped raise and plaster the straw bale walls in exchange for a learning opportunity.
Photos by Joe Silins

“Building my own straw bale guest house was the culmination of one journey and the beginning of another. After graduating from college in 2005 with a fine arts degree, I decided to pursue a career in environmental conservation. I worked at different nonprofits for a couple of years before going back to graduate school for urban planning. My grad program provided a lot of flexibility, so I explored the fields of affordable housing, community development, and international development in addition to environmental planning. I began to see that you can’t separate people from the environment, and that a lot of the destruction of our planet stems from our desire to see ourselves apart from and above the natural world that surrounds us. After school, I got a job with Pima County in Tucson, Arizona, bought a house, and joined the board of directors of a nonprofit working to connect people to the environment.”

 

You can read the original article at www.motherearthnews.com and you can find out more about the author at his website.


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A Natural Building Journey — 1 Comment

  1. I just read the whole article. I am always happy when people find their ways and fulfill their objectives and build their Casitas. Thank you Kelly for sharing such inspiring stories. Best Regards. Cato Arce

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