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Earthen Sonce: DIY Natural Building

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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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The Spirit of Verkenvalden Re-kindled

Troweling the clay mixture onto the floor

by Jeremy Roth with excerpts from The Spirit of Verkenvalden by Josh Fattal As I sit here taking a breather from day two of our Earthen Floor installation work party,I can’t help but think about Josh Fattal and a term … Continue reading

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As Clear as Mud

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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 (www.sukita.com), the students spent three days with … Continue reading

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Summer Experience in Green Jobs for Youth

This program employed ten youth, ages 17 -21, for two months during the summer. They were paid hourly and worked a four day week at Aprovecho and focused on four seperate projects. They gained valuable skills and experience in a variety of disciplines both inside and outside of the “traditional” trade occupations. This program was nationally recognized by the US Department of Labor as an exemplary program. Continue reading

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