Hi Permies! I'm a young natural builder in Oregon and very new to any sort of fundraising endeavors (& hate asking for money in general), but I'm leading the build of a really exciting project next spring and we so need support. That includes monetary donations, but also materials and time if anyone is local and interested!
I'll be leading the build of a 200sq ft straw/clay home with natural plasters, living roof, and earthen floor in a new affordable income housing community called Emerald Village to be built in Eugene, OR. Emerald Village is following a urban tiny-home village model to address affordable housing needs (think Dignity Village in Portland and Opportunity Village also in Eugene).
At Emerald Village, each individual house is designed and built by a different local designer and contractor. Our build will be the ONLY building using natural techniques. It will also be the first permitted straw/clay home in Eugene! If (/when!) successful, we're hoping to use this home as an example and resource to other urban affordable housing projects. We'll be exploring what it means to build naturally in a city as affordably as possible, building with as many natural materials as we can and also recycled/construction waste products. We'll be hosting work parties for community members and welcoming future residents of the village to be a major part of the build to spread the natural building word and skills! We already have a deserving (and VERY excited) resident lined up who's so ready to have a home to call their own.