Caption: Laura's broccoli stalks and squash grow healthy and tall in her straw bale
The festival aims to educate the public about more sustainable farming techniques, such as the use of straw bales
Critique: What is it truly like to build a straw bale
house with one's own hands?
In his book, Straw Bale
Gardens Complete, author and gardener Joel Karsten walks gardeners through the steps necessary to turn a plain bale of straw into a thriving, weed-free mini-garden.
For instance, two types of straw bale
construction prefabricated straw bale
panels and on-site constructed straw bale
--are used for the exterior walls.
Consumers, especially since the 1990s, have been looking for natural, sustainable building materials, and consequently straw bale
construction has been revived.
We considered various options for the construction, including straw bales
and rammed earth walls," says Mark.
This book provides a comprehensive manual for combining materials such as cordwood, earth plaster, and straw bales
with step-by-step green construction techniques.
In May 2008 a Government planning inspector rejected Mr Fidler's appeal, saying the removal of the straw bale
camouflage constituted part of the building works.
Pupils at Rudston infant school, Childwall, have spent this term enjoying the benefits of their straw bale
How did we talk ourselves into building a cordwood and straw bale
Among the green products in use at the Preserve: carpet made from recycled pop bottles, bio-filtration ponds that reclaim on-site wastewater, certified sustainable lumber, rammed earth walls, straw bale
walls, radiant floor heating, cool towers for evaporative cooling systems, computer controlled building operations systems, and "Low VOC" paints, furniture, fabrics and wood composites.