Najia Arrihani via Crowdrise
January 19, 2011
BENEFITING: TRACES OF 400000
Burr Oak Center for Durable Culture is a pretty unique educational project focusing on environmental, societal and cultural sustainability, where student interns and guests come to learn for varying lengths of time and do much of the seasonal labor.
BOC is sponsored by TRACES.org, a nonprofit organization based in Saint Paul/MN; committed to the philosophy of community building and sustainable development through peace and green living and dedicated to the education of the community-at-large on permaculture, sustainable living and alternative energy. BOC takes its responsibility to educate to the next level, learning from the mistakes of the past to guide our future.
BOC is located in Loess Hills, Iowa in a big old house (5,100 square feet) called “Big Blue”, which has been extensively renovated, with dorm and other bedrooms, a cozy community room, well-appointed common spaces, etc...and has a large garden, growing various crops for consumption, plus a small-livestock ménagerie consisting of three goats (2 to deliver in spring), 2 breeding rabbits, 8 hens and a handsome rooster, a house rabbit and a mouser cat.
A second house serves as the “barn” and a pond area offers green space for relaxing.
The "Big Blue" could do a lot better in terms of energy efficiency; so plans to install solar panels and other alternative-energy sources are in the works, and will be implemented as funding becomes available....AND that's where we really could use YOUR help.
If you'd like to help raise funds, donate, and/or help spread the word, we would greatly appreciate it.
Big Blue is currently heated with a highly efficient corn-burning stove; in the summer the house is cooled without air conditioning.
Please find more amazing details about this project at: http://traces.org/green/ and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Burr-Oak-Center-for-Durable-Culture/160311440655523
Thanks a bunch!