Dear Friends,

A lot has happened in the last year since I was able to update our website. Some information and photos exist on our Facebook page. While I will be working to post regular updates to catch you up on all of the exciting details, I hope that you will look there to see some of the work we have been doing over the past year including a light straw clay building, hosting a summer camp for girls, building a rocket mass heater, growing a big garden and composting with worms in the community!

 

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Are you interested in natural building, food growing and sustainable living? Then, welcome to what Raven Says where Raven will teach you the basics.



Episode 1: How to make clay and milk wall plaster

This easy recipe requires:

Six (6) parts fine white sand (the same kind used in swimming pool filters, careful to buy REAL sand silicate and not the plastic imitation when looking for this product.)

One (1) part fine white clay (we found both the clay and the sand at a pottery store.)

Milk (fresh, canned or dried all work.)

In Ravenís instructional video she demonstrates making a small test batch using small bowls. When making enough for walls or other things (like our rocket mass heater) we use a 5 gallon bucket for mixing and medium size yogurt containers for measuring. Using the yoghurt container we usually add 12 parts sand and 2 parts clay for 1-1.5 gallons of milk.

When using mason stain for color keep in mind that the color will fade as it dries. For this reason we usually make two or three small batches with different amounts of stain. We apply one or two stripes to the wall next to each other to make a color stripe. This is the easiest way to compare the color and pick your favorite one.

Regards,
shannon@earthtipi.org
 
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Kids love to garden, these guys jumped at the chance to help even
though they were offered the choice to play

 
 
 

Children from the Lakota Waldorf Kindergarden enjoy weekly visits where
we talk about food, where it comes from and then make healthy snacks