Strawbale Garden Walls - June 2, 2018 - Papillion, NE

Come join us for a single day, hands on workshop to learn the basics of straw bale building as we create a short garden wall. These techniques are useful to anyone looking for alternative DIY ways to build deer fences, privacy walls or garden courtyards, but can also lend experience to those wanting to understand the basics of straw bale building.

We will begin with foundations and footings, featuring a rubble trench/french drain and 'rails' to support the straw bales which we will stack and plaster with a clay before the days end. We will also cover basic roof framing for the wall to prevent moisture from eating away our work. A basic vegetarian lunch will be provided, and we can fire up the wood-fired pizza oven for a potluck at the end of the workday if participants are interested.

Class pricing will be on a sliding scale set from $45-80 dollars. If you are able to pay on the high end of the scale, you are encouraged to do so, which allows us to open up scholarships for those who have an interest in learning but might be financially restricted. If you are wanting to participate but money is a limiting factor, please contact me for potential scholarships/worktrade.

Kids' (Ages 6-10) Natural Building Day Camp - June 18-22, 2018 - Papillion, NE

Give your self a break by sending us your children to play in the mud for a week of crafting, design and mud mixing. We will be designing and sculpting a play structure out of sand, straw and clay with the help of those who know playgrounds the!

Day camp will begin by drawing out and discussing what makes playgrounds great, and what a dream playground might look like. We will take elements from each of the kids ideas and then begin to build the playground out of the earth together. Not only will you get a break and your child get a chance to play in the dirt, but they will also feel empowered by being the designers and builders of their own ideas.

For this camp, we are opening space for 6-10 year olds. We feel its important that those who help build/design it will be the same age demographic that use it. The day camp sessions will run from 9 a.m until 3 p.m, Monday through Friday and will finish with a pizza party from the wood-fired oven on Friday afternoon for all the participants to show off their project. Attendees should come prepared with clothes to get dirty in, a fresh change of clothes to wear home, and a sack lunch every day, although snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the week.

Tuition for Summer of Mud Day Camp is being set on a sliding scale to offer affordable options for parents/kids who may have interest but who are more limited in their financial ability to pay. Tuition is being set from $200-325. If you are able to pay on the high end of the sliding scale, you are encouraged to do so, so that we may offer scholarships and tuition breaks for lower-income families.

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