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Earth Construction: Rammed Earth, Ceramic, Earthbag, Cob
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Volunteer Opportunities

-Are you offering an alternative home-building class?
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-Are you a potential volunteer looking for some hands-on experience?

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Green Building & Remodeling Schools

Stone Masonry Schools & Organizations

Cordwood Construction Schools

Strawbale Construction Schools

Log Home Building Schools

Timber Framing Schools

Earth Construction: Rammed Earth, Ceramic, Earthbag, Cob, Cast Earth, Adobe & Mudbrick Schools

Schools for designing and building your own Resource-Efficient, healthy home

Volunteer Opportunities
(These listings may be out of date.)

Log House Construction: Blount County, Alabama. We are beginning construction of a vertical log (stockade style) home on our 144 acres. Willing to negotiate on room and board if needed. Please contact Dwight Norris:

Slipform Stone Masonry: Columbus, Ohio. I am starting to build a slipform stone house based on the method shown in Tom Elpel's book and video. For more info, please contact Andrew at 614-356-3299:

Alternative Building / Organic Farming: Lewistown, Montana. I am in starting a small farm located outside of Lewistown, Montana. This season I am offering volunteer positions to those interested in learning a wide range of homesteading skills. We are building a greenhouse, putting in an organic garden large enough to supply enough food for family, volunteers and the local farmers market. We have a big year ahead with fun projects planned! Experiments with natural building including a cob sauna, straw bale garden walls, utility sheds and animal housing. We are planting grapes to establish a local Montana vineyard and winery. We are looking for those of you who like to garden, and want to learn alternative building skills. We have camping set up in a beautiful setting and like to have fun in an easy going environment. If you think this might be the place for you, email with any detailed questions about our place, our projects and goals, or our lifestyle here.

I am hosting a six day, hands on intensive workshop the last week of July. I will be teaching participants how to design and build their own backyard courtyard using cob as a building material. Participants will learn the basics of cob, build a cob oven, dining and eating area, and garden wall. Please contact Kate Whitney:

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