Author Archives: Chris Foraker

$1000 Scholarship to Support Women in Technology

Aprovecho is pleased to announce a $1000 scholarship to support the participation of a woman student in the 2016 Appropriate Technology Series!  In a field traditionally populated by men, we wish to encourage women considering a career in technology as … Continue reading

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$10,000 Matching Grant Offer!

Aprovecho would like you to know about our $10,000 matching grant campaign.  We have received from a generous donor the pledge to match each dollar donated in 2015 1:1 up to $10,000.  That would transform our 2015 fundraising goal into … Continue reading

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Third Annual Hunter’s Moon Harvest Dinner

We are so excited to host our third annual Harvest Dinner! This is going to be a fun, festive event, featuring local food, artists, raffles, and more! Thanks to a generous donor, we will receive a matching dollar-for-dollar grant up … Continue reading

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Student Design/Build Project: Tipi from Scratch by Brett Sasine

An important component of Aprovecho’s educational programming is the independent study.  The independent study is an opportunity for students to make use of Aprovecho’s material and human resources in order to achieve a specific educational outcome in-line with their future … Continue reading

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Earthen Sonce: DIY Natural Building

Here’s an easy natural building project that you can try in your own home. These beautiful sconces are made from wood, sticks, straw, sand, and clay. They can be affixed to any type of wall and utilize a standard wall … Continue reading

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New Directions for Natural Building in the Pacific Northwest

A group of conferring students engages around an earth-toned bench lounging in the cooling shade. A meandering earthen wall guides the eye toward the straw bale dormitory and two acre garden stretching below and to the south. A stilted cupcake … Continue reading

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As Clear as Mud

But it covers the ground.  In July 2010, seven students gathered from the U.S. and Canada to learn the art of the earthen floor at Aprovecho.  Taught by earthen floor expert Sukita Crimmel (, the students spent three days with … Continue reading

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