Community Rebuilds' mission is to build energy-efficient housing, provide education on sustainability and improve the housing conditions of the workforce through an affordable program. Visit our website, www.communityrebuilds.org, and find us Facebook.

    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: Building my own home

I first discovered the idea of Natural Building on a visit to the Earth-ships in Taos New Mexico 7 years ago. I had moved West to Utah from Massachusetts to rebuild and reinvent my life. After almost a year in the desert, I still didn’t know what was next. Then, I discovered a house that … Continue reading

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Somewhere Over the Rainbow Probably one of the best decisions I made. I am from India and Community Re-builds has provided me an excellent opportunity to learn and grow both as a person as well as professionally. I was definitely hesitant to travel from one corner of the world to another. I have by far … Continue reading

Finally, with the straw bales installed!   Reached this point September 1st ---Farmer Dave delivered a big load of straw bales (as well as some peaches) and then we set to work stacking the bales after some much appreciated instruction from straw bale veteran Doug.  Our house is finally starting to look like a house.

Two months in…

Hard to believe we’re already two months into the Fall Semester. Every stage of the build has taken so much careful work, yet gone so quickly. First, some background: –Tim Knowlton Fall 2015 Moab, Utah

Alumni Spotlight: Russell Tamura -Aboard The Greenpeace Flagship

Russell Tamura (CR Alumni Spring 2015) recently spent time sailing the high seas of the South Pacific with the Greenpeace flagship, The Rainbow Warrior lll, during it’s ongoing Tuna Campaign.  He writes about his experience here: My first visit to a long lining tuna fishing vessel happened yesterday morning. Nine of us piled into a … Continue reading


So far…

We have yet another wonderful group of humans who have come together from all over the world to build a couple of super groovy, energy efficient, straw bale homes in Moab, UT.  We’ve been pestering our interns to write a blog post about their experiences, but they have been far to busy building these beautiful houses and … Continue reading

Meet Our Straw Farmer, Dave Swinger

About Dave Swinger: I was born and raised in west/central Ohio. I had worked on farms while in high school but had fallen in love with the wide open spaces of the west. I escaped in 1971 and I worked on farms and ranches in Wyo. Nev., and Colo. I landed in Eastern Utah and … Continue reading


Building houses, making homes

Home is more than a physical structure built out of wood, dirt and straw. After a 5 month crash course in strawbale building, we can see the tangible outcomes- We’ve built two new strawbale houses to take the place of an empty lot and an outdated trailer. They are layered in earthen plasters, topped with … Continue reading


Half Way Home!

As we reach the midway point of our semester and comeback together after our adventurous Spring Breaks, the straw bale homes and CR interns fully take form and perform! We bear witness the results of our combined and prolonged efforts and admire at the effects of communal cohesiveness and purpose. As the straw has grown … Continue reading


Alumni Spotlight: Kristen O’Brien “Once you are in the family, you are always in the family.”

Back in August 2014, I started a year of service as an Americorps VISTA at Solar Energy International working on Community Revitalization through Solar in Delta County, CO (where SEI is located). SEI decided to apply to Americorps for my position due to the fact that over the last 2 years, nearly 500 local people … Continue reading

strawbale selfies

We made a house!

photo credits to Juliana Dearr, James Larson, Amanda Clemons and Daphne Rich


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