Can we make this last a lifetime?

This post was written by Spring 2018 intern, Lauren van Vliet. The Community Rebuilds Interns are like Kevin Bacon, but with a better reputation.  If someone doesn’t know us, they have a friend with a home built in previous semesters or know one of the past interns. Even tourists who see us around know we … Continue reading

First Weeks in the Book

I grew up in a cool temperate rainforest on the southeast coast of Australia, so it’s difficult to imagine a more alien environment than Moab, Utah; or a more welcoming one.   I’ve been living in the US almost a year, clinging to the west coast’s forests and rocky shores and liberal cities that feel like home.  I … Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight | Leslie Witter

From raising the roof to raising the roots I interned with Community Rebuilds in 2013 during a period of career transition and exploration into what kind of work I might want to do related to sustainable lifestyles.  I learned so much (both about community dynamics and construction) and enjoyed getting to stretch well out of … Continue reading

A Dive into Permaculture

This post was written by Fall 2017 intern, Solona Sisco. What is permaculture, and how can/should we implement its principles throughout our lives? This was much of the focus for us interns for three days toward the end of October. Permaculture is permanent agriculture for a permanent culture, but it is also so much more. … Continue reading

October Update

Blog post written by Moab Fall 2017 intern, Maya Fohrman.     What a perfectly adorable group we are. (I’m the one with my eyes closed.) This is not the most up-to-date picture, but I haven’t been taking my camera to site. (You ought to picture three straw bale houses behind us coated in clay … Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight – Cheryl Corsiglia

I was an intern in 2010, during the second half of the first ever CR build. The first house was completed in 8 months, instead of 4. Our crew came in for the bale stacking, floor, plasters, and interior framing and finishes. For a few years after leaving Moab, I never felt strongly motivated by … Continue reading

Community Rebuilds Thus Far

This post was written by Fall 2017 intern, Linnea Morgan. Monday Aug. 14 Time has flown.  One month has turned into a constant stream of beautiful memories, and excitement for what is still yet to come. Friends here are beautiful and amazing people.  There is so much to learn from everyone.  Even outside the house, … Continue reading

First Month Recap

Post written by Fall 2017 intern, Gary Foresman These first two weeks with Community Rebuilds has been completely inspirational and overall a wonderful experience. Getting to meet such an amazing community of people who are all driven to do amazing good and work with the Earth and those living on it in all the ways … Continue reading

Alumni Spotlight – Lindsey Love

I was one of the first CR interns in 2010.  I went to architecture school because I wanted to help folks design/build their own shelter and have taken on as many building opportunities as possible intermittent from an architectural apprenticeship, co-managing an all-women’s build for Kleiwerks International, building my own straw bale home, and working … Continue reading

Building Straw Bale Panels

This post was written by Spring 2017 Intern, Rachel Fixsen. A few weeks ago we went on a field trip to Fruita, Colorado, to visit Dave Swinger and check out his SSIP project. Dave Swinger (“Farmer Dave”) bales and delivers the straw we use for CR builds. SSIP stands for Straw bale Structural Insulated Panels. … Continue reading