ABC 10 News in San Diego came out to our current job site and made this great piece about strawbale construction:
Join us to tour 2 straw bale houses in the process of being built at Terra Corazon Farm in Valley Center as part of the SD-GBC's Annual Green Homes Tour.
We are proud to announce that we have restructured our business to reflect and embed our values: we have become a Benefit Corporation. This means that, although we are a for-profit company, maximizing profits is not our only consideration. We have written into our articles of incorporation that:
“The specific public benefit of this corporation is to preserve the environment and improve human health by reducing the embodied-energy, consumption, toxicity, and carbon footprint of construction through the use of local, natural, and carbon-sequestering building materials.”
As part of this process, we also defined our mission:
Our mission is to create high-performance natural homes from local, carbon-sequestering materials; to preserve the environment by reducing embodied-carbon; and to educate about, advocate for, and provide healthy, high-quality shelter for as many people as possible.
We hope you share our vision for a way of building that not only does less harm, but can actively do good for the environment and human health.
Join us at Terra Corazon Farm in Valley Center for a fun, free day of learning!
- Learn how to mix and apply natural clay plaster to a straw bale wall by getting your hands in the mud and on the wall
- Learn how to make adobe blocks from site soil using dirt, straw, water, and a simple wooden form
- Learn about the CA Straw Building Association’s new book”Straw Bale Building Details: an illustrated guide for design and construction,” which was published this spring
- Learn about what happened next in the Story of the 4th Little Pig, which will be read by the author
This event is free but you must register in advance
Please join us for a fun and elegant dinner, mezcal tasting, and guided tour of the two straw bale homes we are building at Terra Corazon Farm. This event is a fundraiser for the farm which is in the process of becoming a model for sustainable, regenerative living, building, and farming. More info and tickets can be found here: https://www.sdsustainable.org/Agave_Spirits_Mezcal_Celebration
Hope to see you there: https://netzeroconference.com/
Tour the 2 straw bale homes we are building at Terra Corazon as part of the annual Green Homes Tour 10/20/19. We will post more info soon, also check the SD-GBC site here: https://www.sdgreenhomestour.org/terra-corazon
Interested in part-time on-the-job training and focused classwork centered on natural, high-performance building? Check out our new Pre-Apprenticeship + Certificate Program!
We are pleased to offer this unique opportunity in partnership with the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute. Only four places will be offered per 3 month semester, applications are due May 18, 2019. Here’s a link to more info: https://www.sdsustainable.org/natural-building-pre-apprenti….
After more than ten years of work by many, many people, the book actually really exists! I’m proud to be one of about 40 contributors to this great book that covers many options and variations for building with straw bales and is full of good illustrations. This is the book I wish I had had when I started building with bales 15 years ago. On sale now: https://www.newsociety.com/Bo…/S/Straw-Bale-Building-Details.
Attached are some photos taken this AM of the house - 3-4" of snow which is pretty good for Campo. Low 20's outside at night. Interior drops to 72 when the woodstove is cold or overnight, and the whole house heats quite uniformly. We haven't used the mini-split heater. I know I harp on this, but such performance is remarkable. This house is just so damn easy to live in