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

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

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


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

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

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

How to Rebuild a Community

It’s been a busy week — we’ve finally got interns on site — today, Laura, Sarah, Stacey, Mike, Jerry and Matt all went up to the site to take preliminary measurements for footings and accomplish some rough plumbing work under the foundation.  I’m incredibly excited to go to the site and do some work tomorrow, … Continue reading

Mount Crested Butte Team Meets Moab Team

Moab, Utah.  I’d never been here on my few cross country tours.  Needless to say, the view is quite exhilarating.  After a four hour van ride with the whole crew, all of our things, and too much food, we stopped for a brief moment to take in the Moab sunshine.  The view (to mention it … Continue reading

Mount Crested Butte, Colorado

Seventy nine days ago, I was still confused about what was happening in my life.  You never know what’s really happening to you — however, you are compelled to do things, and when you do them, those decisions put you wherever you are. So, here I am — an intern for six months at Community Rebuilds in Gunnison, … Continue reading

Why will you come to Moab?

I wish I could rediscover CR with fresh eyes; entirely unknowing of what the internship would mean. With each month this program gets richer in its value to me. I struggle at the thought of leaving my window filled with La Sals & globe mallow in bloom. But I’ll share what I have discovered thus … Continue reading