Natural Building, Day 2

Another glorious day was ahead of us, and everyone was ready to get down to business. With so many people working in a small space, Wayne decided to make use of the many hands, so a cob oven was added to the agenda. Roof support beam is set, bamboo lath is complete, oven form is ready, and tomorrow we start applying the cob.

The plants that feed raised beds in the yard near the construction


Muscovy ducklings, watching us work


Cliff's sketch of the entrance to the new building


Side view of building, perhaps with a glass bottle cross design built in?


The sawdust was flying!


Bamboo is beautiful


Nicole and Juby, hanging more lath


Josh and Cliff raise the roofbeam


At 1:30, the cob oven site looked like this...


...and when I returned at 5:00 this is what I found!


Amazing work, amazing people…it doesn’t get much better than this!



For weeks now, I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging. My vision for this site has changed, and I want to keep you all up to date on the progress of all the amazing and inspiring work happening at Koinonia Farm. My posts will be shorter and (hopefully) more frequent. For longer philosophical musings, check my other site Turning Dreams Into Deeds.

As a jumping-off point, here’s a peek at some of the work done by students in Koinonia’s fourth Permaculture Design Course. In preparation for next week’s Natural Building Workshop they’ve been digging swales and drainage trenches in my front yard. These will direct water away from the earthen walls of the building and towards the fruit trees and annual garden beds. More photos to come as construction begins next week!


Students dig a drainage trench around the existing structure



The building site, prepped and ready to go!



Digging a swale uphill from the building site



Testing the swale to make sure the water will wind up where we want it to go