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    Throughout the course of each build, this blog is a place where we share photos, videos, stories, progress updates and wild anecdotes.

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Alumni Spotlight | Josh Raff

Life in the Trees I interned with Community Rebuilds in the Spring 14 semester and the experience was life altering. I left Moab with no real plan, besides working in the Red River Gorge so I could be back in my home state and climb as much as possible for the remainder of the year. … Continue reading

The group celebrates being done with straw!

Perfectly Imperfect

This experience at CR has so far been stunningly amazing and incredibly challenging. For someone who had studied building but never worked in construction, I knew that it would be hard. I was prepared for physical toil and baking in the sun, but I was not prepared for many other things, like giving up my … Continue reading

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Then And Now

Hello all – Jerry here. Longtime readers of this blog might remember me from Community Rebuild’s early history, when I was an intern for the second and third Moab builds. Well I’m back! I’m interning on the current build in Crested Butte. I guess that I just can’t get enough of strawbales… Coming back to … Continue reading

Community Rebuilds – Then and Now

Hello all – Jerry here. Longtime readers of this blog might remember me from Community Rebuild’s early history, when I was an intern for the second and third Moab builds. Well I’m back! I’m interning on the current build in Crested Butte. I guess that I just can’t get enough of strawbales… Coming back to … Continue reading

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Do you know your Farmer?

The visit to Farmer Dave’s farm in Fruita, CO was awesome! He is such a smart person.  He learns things by himself by just talking to other people, reading books and trying whatever he thinks may work. He showed us some of the things he’s been experimenting while building his own natural home and I was so impressed … Continue reading

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Amazing Day Off

Today on our day off a few of us decided to go for a hike (little did I know what I was in for). The goal was to summit Manns Peak at 12,272 ft. We drove up to approximately 10,000 ft and started the hike along Burro Pass Trail, of course listing our names in … Continue reading

View of the finished foundation from above

Foundation Process

The Community Rebuilds straw bale build in Crested Butte, Colorado. We are building a 3 story duplex for two families, here is the process we went through to build our foundation. 1. Concrete Form Our first job was to build the form for the concrete.This was a very tedious process because you have to get … Continue reading

Intern Blaise looks confident in her foundations.

Foundation(s)

If you want to get something done right, you don’t do it yourself.  You do it with other people at a turtle’s pace.  Slow and steady wins the race.  This week, we finished the foundation(s) for both Daniela and Andrew’s homes.  We learned that when you try to jump around and speed through tasks like … Continue reading

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Journal Entries

Currently I’m participating in an internship with a non-profit organization, Community Rebuilds (CR) in the small desert town of Moab, Utah. CR’s mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability/natural building and improve the housing conditions through an affordable program. What is natural building? Natural building uses techniques and materials that minimize ecological … Continue reading

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Lime, Sand, & Water

This week, we spent some time in the community putting the finishing touches (literally) on a large greenhouse located right here in central Gunnison.  We are paid employees of the greenhouse project for the week — and perhaps even after, depending on how good a job we’ve done.  (I think it’s pretty good.)  I like … Continue reading