This weekend is the first round of construction tours of Burh Becc at Beacon Springs, a unique opportunity to see deep green building from the ground up.

Barn progress

Barn progress

Tours start on the hour, through the day on Saturday and Sunday. You’ll learn some history and descriptions of green building certifications, including LEED and the Living Building Challenge. You’ll hear about Tom’s and my hope for restoring the land using principles of permaculture. And you’ll understand why it is that Tom and I, with crucial assistance from so many, are going to such lengths to build this home in the manner we are.

Crucial assistance from so many . . . When we broke ground in the spring, we gathered the team and video taped our individual answers to questions about the project: why we’re doing it, what we’re learning, and so on. I’ve intended to edit the sound on these, since it was a very windy day and we only had the camera mic. That’s not happened, so here they are, just as they happened:

Amanda | Bob | Shannan | Jane | Susan | Michael | Tom | Marti

I love roller coasters. Cedar Point has just announced its latest and greatest, to be ready for next summer: higher and steeper and faster than any yet built. I can’t wait! But there’s still that moment as one crests the first hill: the rush of excitement, anticipation, fear. I feel a bit of that now as we put our project “out there” for everyone to see. Thank you for your interest and encouragement on this ride of a lifetime.

Sign up here for a tour; I’ve just now seen the agenda and am sure you won’t regret it!


“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time.” ― Terry Tempest Williams, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert

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