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Abuela Gardens

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4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States
707 272-2929

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August 2019
650-1300 sliding scale

Natural Building Part 1: Straw Bales, Cob and Earthen Floors

August 16 - October 22

This is one of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will be constructing a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on clay and straw, two of the most versatile natural building materials. In the first part of the workshop, you will learn to: • Build a highly insulating and fire-resistant straw bale wall • Mix clay soil, sand and straw into cob • Sculpt cob into beautiful, durable walls • Sustainably harvest…

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September 2019
650-1300 sliding scale

Natural Building Part 2: Adobe, Cob, Wattle and Daub, Arches & Clay Plasters

September 6 - September 12

More fun with clay, straw, and sticks! This is one of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will be constructing a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. Building on what we learned in the previous workshop, we will branch out into other earthen wall systems and begin the finishing process. • Make adobe blocks from clay soil mixed with straw or other fibers • Build different styles of earthen arches, with and without forms •…

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October 2019
650-$1300 sliding scale

Batch Rocket Thermal Mass Heaters

October 11 - October 17

This is the last of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will construct a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on inexpensive, efficient ways to heat space and water that you can construct yourself. Learn the essential points to clean combustion. Why Batch Heaters? Differences and similarities between Batch Rocket Mass Heaters and classic, J-tube Rocket Mass Heaters. Learn how thermal mass improves heating and how, with the bell system, thermal mass can be utilized flexibly…

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