SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2005 - at the Common Ground, 5 p.m.
We had our most recent meeting at the Common Ground (above Everyone's Books on Elliot St, downtown) for the first time. Roomy! Everyone fit comfortably; there were even enough chairs. About 20 of us showed up—an excellent size for discussion, and not a bad turnout at all considering it was Mother's Day. We're going to meet there again on Sunday, June 5. There was a request to move it back an hour; nobody had a problem with that, so things will get started at 5:00 and go from there. The Common Ground is providing this space to us for free; we'll pass a hat, and if you have a buck or two to thank them, that's great.
The meetings have been running a couple hours or so, but some of us will probably duck out a few minutes earlier than that this time in order to take in an economics discussion that BANG regular Chris Martenson is leading. Armed with an MBA from Cornell and a few years as a financial analyst and strategic consultant, the guy's been delivering a fascinating and sobering series of "lectures" (I use that term oh-so-loosely) over the past few weeks. He speaks a language that mere mortals can understand. This one is the last in a series—which he may repeat—and will be an open discussion that's promising to be quite something. Previous attendance is not mandatory. There will be more info at the BANG meeting for those interested. Highly recommended.
Sunday, June 5, Common Ground, 25 Elliot Street in downtown Brattleboro (above Everyone's Books), 5:00 p.m.—see you there! This group is intended to be for everybody, whether or not they've ever built anything. It's about learning, empowerment, and—whenever possible—doing.
Hi I would love to connect with other people who have actually built.
I am trying to come up with rough numbers to see if me and my partner can even afford to build.
we want to build a simple timberframe 24'x 32' max. and infill with wood chip clay.
I would love to hear how people did plumbing and electric in similar sized homes, how much did it cost you? did you do it yourself?
We would also love to come visit and see in person what others have done.
If you have any information to share please email me. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jun 10, '05; 2:24 PM
Its great to see a natural building group in vermont. I currently go to the new college in Santa Rosa California where I am acquiring my BA and focusing my studies on Natural Building. I will be out in Vermont this August and was wondering if your group will be having anymore meetings, maybe I can just sit in and meet new people. Thanks
Jun 29, '05; 12:27 AM
You wrote, "Its great to see a natural building group in vermont."
It's great to have one. There's a bunch of smart folks in this small area of southern Vermont - some who have already built, and many more that are interested. I'm not sure if there's more natural building activity in the Northern Kingdom, but I suspect there is.
"I currently go to the new college in Santa Rosa California where I am acquiring my BA and focusing my studies on Natural Building."
Is Joe Kennedy still teaching there?
"I will be out in Vermont this August and was wondering if your group will be having anymore meetings, maybe I can just sit in and meet new people."
We plan on continuing to have meetings for as long as there's interest. I haven't been as prompt about updating this website as I should be; hopefully I'll get better about it.
Anybody who wants to come to the meetings is absolutely welcome. As a new group, we're still figuring out the best place to have meetings, the most conducive way to do things, and even how many people to expect (we've had as many as 30 and as few as a dozen). I think things are going great, and hope to be able to meet you in August.
Jul 4, '05; 7:20 AM
A friend just mentioned your group and I'd love to connect at some point. I've moved from southern VT up to the Mad River Valley and will be offering the (free) wednesday evening presentation at Yestermorrow Design-Build School on July 13 at 7:30 pm. It'll be a slide show on superinsulation strategies, but also featuring my own building history and a couple of extraordinary sun-tempered superinsulated homes I've built in Western MA (less than a cord a year for heat).
You're all invited up if you can make it. Yestermorrow is in Warren on Rt. 100 (just north of Sugarbush Ski Area).
When is your next meeting in B'boro?
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Jul 6, '05; 10:28 PM
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