Instruction will be offered by some of the most progressive architects
and experienced straw builders in the nation, including Ken Haggard,
Polly Cooper, and Bob Theis. Other respected straw professionals will be
This special weekend is part of the Cal Poly Permaculture and Ecological
Design Series coordinated by Akiva Werbalowsky, Julian Kayne, and senior
Permaculture designer Larry Santoyo.
Registration is $98 ($49 for each day).Saturday will include
instruction, slides, discussion, and demonstrations of basic techniques.
Sunday will be mainly hands-on activities building with straw (and many
other materials readily available on site) alongside experienced others.
First come registration is by calling Cal Poly Extended Education:
Saturday (9:30-3:30) will be mostly at the Crops Unit (corner of
Highland Drive and Mount Bishop Road): presentations, discussions,
slides, etc. by learned and experienced straw bale elders
such as Profs. Polly Cooper, Ken Haggard, and Bob Theis. Sunday
(9:30-3:30) will also include (weather permitting) "learn by doing"
experience actually constructing with straw at the Permaculture
Center/Student Experimental Farm. Breaks both days for lunch from
12noon-1:15. Bring your own lunch or something to share if you like,
many restaurants and a great health food store are within a five minute
Bring gloves, appropriate footware and attire, musical instruments
(party in the evenings?), sunscreen, bags for taking home produce
harvested from organic gardens, positive attitudes
For overnight accommodations contact Rob Kimmel of the Central Coast
Permaculture Guild 438-KRIK (5745) (who will know of home stay
possibilities) or contact the SLO Chamber of Commerce re: youth hostel
Directions are available from Cal Poly Extended Ed 805-756-2053
Info about "Earth Stewardship and Community" the Summer Solstice
Two-Week Residential Permaculture Design Intensive (June 21-July 5) will
be sent to you upon request if you call 805-756-7600
Peace (of straw),
Akiva Werbalowsky, MA
California Polytechnic State University
College of Agriculture
Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering Department
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
phone: (805) 756-5086
fax: (805) 756-2626
"Cultivating Bioregional Stewardship"
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