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2016 Straw Bale Building Basics Workshop

  • 04 Nov 2016
  • 12:00 PM
  • 06 Nov 2016
  • 3:00 PM
  • Vacaville


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CASBA 2016 "Straw Bale Building Basics"

3 day workshop November 4-6 at Soul Food Farm in Vacaville

Come learn about Straw Bale Building at this 3 day workshop which will focus on a 200 sq. ft. straw bale agricultural building at Soul Food Farm. We will install straw bales in wood framed structure. Participants will learn bale handling, notching, window detailing, papering, lathing, and base-coat plastering. A mix of instruction time, hands-on experience along with a hand-out will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building to go build your own project. Evenings will allow for additional question/answer time and photo presentations.

The structure for the workshop is an owner-builder design. The instructors are strawbale contractors and long time CASBA members, Jim Reiland and Ray Sheehy. Instruction during the workshop will cover subjects related to building with straw; foundations, windows and doors, electrical, plumbing, roofs, etc., along with some basic information on plasters. We will have a chance to touch upon the art and science of plasters, but for an in depth lesson on plasters join us for our upcoming September 23-25 Plaster Workshop in Santa Cruz or stay tuned for our future plaster workshop dates TBD.

The goal of the Straw Bale Building Basics Workshop is to accommodate every participant’s interest and skill level. Each participant can expect to participate in the various aspects of the straw bale construction to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience.


$325. Register by Sept 20th for a 10% discount. (Attendees also receive a free CASBA membership for 1 year). Student discount price $245 (~25%) Price includes meals during workshop and free camping at site.


The farm has room for camping and we will have a washing/showering area and toilet facility. There are hotels/motels minutes away. Information to these will be provided when requested. Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

More Info

For additional Workshop info contact Jenna Yu at or 510-541-7753.

CASBA is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

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