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Barn Raising


In 2010, we built a freestanding log structure barn with a living roof and wattle (woven sapling) and daub (clay, straw, sand mixture) wall. All the materials (with the exception of the fasteners, windows and roof liner) were harvested from our property and within 50 yards of the building site. We chose to build this way to show what can be created from the resources that you might have available right around you. This type of building is very labor intensive, and very inexpensive - The barn, which is 20'x25', cost about $1000 to build.


Root Cellar
In 2012 we began building a rammed-earth / recycled-tire structure, often known as an 'Earthship', to use as a cheese cave, root cellar, and ice-shed. Tires are stacked in layers like bricks, then filled with tamped dirt. This type of structure, commonly used for retaining walls, is sturdy and weather resistant. The walls have a large thermal mass, which is beneficial for regulating temperature. Using old tires is cost efficient, ecologically sound, and lends itself to flexible designs.


In 2013 we plan to finish the root cellar and build a storage/work area out of cordwood and glass bottles, using recycled tire shingles for the roof.

More fun alternative buildings to come!


Farm Tour, Winter Games and Potluck - February 9th from 11-3pm
See the Farm in winter, tour and potluck meal. Go snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating (bring your own equipment -- weather and snow dependent) and eat some great food! Please preregister! (518) 797-3373 or use sign up form.

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