I am so lucky to be meeting so many inspirational people in the natural building world. Last Tuesday I had a couple of hours in the company of Andrew Morrison, a straw bale builder with years of commercial experience who now takes workshops around the world. www.strawbale.com On Wednesday I met with Eden Brukman from the International Living Building Institute www.ilbi.org which is committed to a truly sustainable built environment. Their program goes beyond materials. It envisions a future that is "socially just, culturally rich and ecologically benign".
In snowy Nebraska I have been attending a conference organised by the Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society. There have been several excellent speakers at this event so I will write a separate report for the website to share all that I have heard here.
My guide here in Lincoln, is the wonderful Joyce Coppinger, editor of The Last Straw www.thelaststraw.org She has had a booth at the conference to promote straw bale building and we have been out this afternoon to see the straw bale Audubon Centre at Spring Creek Prairie www.sprincreekprairie.org and a straw bale classroom at a Montessori school. This is Joyce and I at the conference