|Lou Host-Jablonski, renowned
architect, has developed an innovative design that incorporates all of the
benefits of natural home building (straw and clay) into an integrated plan
that can easily fit into any urban/suburban setting. The concept also
overcomes building codes and permitting that would certainly be an issue in
a typical neighborhood. This concept is completely scalable for large
projects and has been already implemented in suburban neighborhoods!
Participants will gain hands-on experience using natural materials including
walls made from clay and straw, a clay floor and natural plasters. The
course will be taught by renowned Lou Host-Jablonski. Important details
about planning, designing and building a home will be included in the
course. All who attend will leave with a full set of architectural plans
that will allow them to build their own home or start a business!
Cost to attend is $850, there is a $100 discount for registering before June
1, 2012. For more information or to register at
Our goal is to offer full scholarships to Lakota tribal members. If you
can't join us, please
consider donating $25-$100 so that someone in need can
email@example.com, Tuesday 24th April 2012
Kids love to garden, these guys jumped at the chance to help even
though they were offered the choice to play
We're turning our orchard into a food forest.
Last year, with your help, we won a fruit tree orchard in the Edy's
Fruit Bar voting contest. The 45 apple, pear, plum and cherry trees
we planted in June of 2011 will be added to this month (April 2012).
Guilds, (AKA groups of mutually beneficial plants) will be planted
around the trees along with swales which will help retain more water
in the landscape to feed the trees as well as help reduce run off
and evaporation. Within the next few years we will have a diverse
system that will provide varieties of foods and medicinal plants.
Some of the new foods to be highlighted in our food forest are
blueberries, raspberries, apricots as well as perennial greens like
asparagus, lambs quarter and wild lettuce. We are still seeking
funding to complete this effort. How far we advance will depend on
donations received in the coming months.
Children from the Lakota Waldorf Kindergarden enjoy weekly visits
we talk about food, where it comes from and then make healthy snacks
Earth Tipi Current Events
Exciting things are
happening for Earth Tipi on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation! In March
we hosted vermiculturist John Victor Anderson aka "The Colorado Worm
Man". He presented on the radio, at two schools and in the community. In
all 108 people were directly impacted and many now have their own worms
to care for. The worms in turn are now digesting some of the garbage
that would otherwise make it to the landfill and we are slowly cleaning
up the rez one worm at a time. Other new happenings since the beginning
of the year are weekly presentations at the Lakota Waldorf Kindergarden
as well as a weekly radio show called "Zani" which means "Health" in the
presentations focus on teaching the children where food originates from
and how to prepare it. We talk about if food grows in the ground or not
and if it grows from the ground what it looks like when it's growing.
The children love making their lunch or afternoon snack. Some favorites
to date were granola and kale chips.
The radio show airs every Wednesday from 6:30 am -7:30 am mountain
standard time. We talk about superfoods, why they are good for you and
how to integrate them into your diet and other health related topics.
Hope you will join us to
To add to these programs we are working on a plan to expand our fruit
tree orchard to include other perennial foods and windblocks. Over time
we hope to develop a self sustaining permanent food garden. So we can
really step up our food production efforts, we submitted a grant
application so we can build a root cellar and small sunken greenhouse,
we expect to hear back within the next week or two.
We are now gearing up for an exciting summer. We are currently
establishing partnerships with
and the University of Wisconsin ~ Madison to build a caretaker home and
office at our education and model homestead site. The building will
feature a bunk house for interns as well as cutting edge natural
building technologies that will be used for educational purposes.
Saturday 14th April 2012