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Free Straw Bale Workshop This Weekend

In Eco-Construction on October 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Singer Farm Naturals, an emerging grower of organic garlic and supplier of fruit products, is hosting a hands-on “Straw Bale Workshop” on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, Oct. 10th, 2010 from dawn to dusk at Singer Farm Naturals’ Eco Barn located at 6730 Lake Road, Appleton, NY.

The “Straw Bale Workshop” offers a unique, hands-on learning opportunity to help renovate a 180-year old barn that has been in the Singer Family since 1915, by using eco-friendly building methods. Attendees will have the chance to apply this modern day straw bale construction technique by stacking locally sourced straw bales to form an insulating wrap around the old barn. Construction methods demonstrated also include the use of locally milled and salvaged lumber, recycled house parts and SIPs (Structurally Integrated Panels).

The Eco Barn is being transformed by Buffalo professionals, architects from Eco-Logic Studio and Dave Lanfear of Bale on Bale Construction, into an energy efficient building that will retain much of its original character. The barn is being designed with sustainable energy features including solar thermal (hot water) and photovoltaic (electric). Ultimately, the Eco Barn will be used by Singer Farm Naturals as a retail space, learning center and venue for events.

According to Vivianne Singer Szulist of Singer Farm Naturals, “In considering making a retail outlet, we knew that if we were going to do any building we would want to follow sustainable practices. It’s not just about being energy efficient, using recycled materials or choosing green products.  For us, it’s a mindset to attempt to truly live more gently on this earth.”

All are invited to this FREE event, but attendees must pre-register at:

This is a 2-day event. Everyone is welcome either or both days.

Volunteers who wish to stay both days are welcome to camp on-site.

Food and entertainment will be provided.

See website for details and schedule: