We wrote this in the winter and sent it out but unfortunately many people told us they did not receive it. So here it is! Jan 5, 2015 Hello All! TCUP here wanting to say thank you to all you volunteers who came out over the past year and helped make our dream into a... Continue Reading →
It's a mad-dash to get ready for winter here. First was the roof, which is complete except the gutters and some windows. Now we're nailing up salvaged plywood, shoving shredded news paper (cellulose) insulation into the wall cavities, and doing landscaping to drain water away from the house. We hope to get two stoves installed... Continue Reading →
Unbelievable as it seems, we finally finished the tire wall on the 10th row...only to find out that we'd gone too high and had to undo a whole course of tires - a bit of an anticlimax! Still, we got over it pretty quickly once we realized we wouldn't have to pound tires anymore and... Continue Reading →
So our summer tire pounding volunteers have arrived and after one month we've dug a drainage ditch, covered it back up, dug out another ditch for the tire course, covered that back up with gravel, pounded 4 courses of tires complete with vapor barrier, insulation, and backfill. We took a little break to make a cob oven,... Continue Reading →
The field is almost already for construction time. We've fashioned a city of tires, a mountain range of foam, two outhouses, an earthen mini-fridge, and a dock for our pond. And we are welcoming more people to our crew! Brett and Carl are joining us for the next foreseeable future and have set up a mini trailer... Continue Reading →
Greetings Friends! We are gearing up for a busy season! Starting seeds, building a chicken coop, gathering building materials from down south, and organizing four workshops! Check out our workshop schedule for this summer. Feel free to spread widely!
While the winter weather is keeping us inside, we have been discussing designs for the new building. Topics such as bedroom size, water filtration, insulated or non-insulated floors, types of rocket stoves and ovens, and straw-bales versus reclaimed foam offcuts have filled our days. Our resident DIY architect Chris has gotten to a pretty good place in terms... Continue Reading →