Zak Kahn's Bee Habitat Wall at State Arboretum of Virginia w/ Sarah Peebles!

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Build Project Description

******* OUR PRIMARY NEED for volunteers is from October 12th-22nd. If you're thinking about coming out, aim for then! Volunteers are of course also welcome outside those dates!******** >>>Build site is on the edge of fields at the Blandy Experimental Farm. Shade and a covered pavilion are close by. Accessible by short walk on gravel road from main parking area, vehicle accessible as needed. >>>We will be constructing a cob wall that functions as habitat for native pollinators. The wall features a sensory observation cabinet that allows immersive, up-close observation of solitary bees nesting, providing visitors with educational and research activities. >>>The Blandy Experimental Farm is a 712 acre property that contains the State Arboretum within it, as well as the Blandy Historic Site which features buildings dating to the 1820's. The property is a National Register of Historic Places and is absolutely beautiful. >>This will be the 2nd in the series of environmental artworks by Toronto artist Sarah Peebles - see also "Dwelling: Paint Branch Creek" at UMD: https://www.flickr.com/photos/resonatingbodies/albums/72157686003684573

Structure of My Build Project

Non-Profit Organisation

Building Styles Integrated

Cob
Local Materials
Stone
Green Roof
Dry Stack Stone Foundation

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Solar Power

Build Project Facilities

2 to 3 cabins are available. Each has 2 bedrooms with 2 beds each, and a private "traditional" bathroom. Please plan to bring your own bedding for the beds though. Multiple kitchens are available. The Farm plays host to grad students during the spring/summer, and we are lucky enough that those facilities we be unoccupied during the project! Camping is also an option.

Activities near the Build Project

You get to live at the State Arboretum of Virginia! Its beautiful! https://www.google.com/search?q=blandy+arboretum&safe=off&client=firefox-b-1-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwju7a_pr5XdAhVuc98KHR8NDYUQ_AUIDCgD&biw=1536&bih=750

What to Expect about Food

You should bring/cook your own food
Food for lunches which you prepare is provided. You should bring and prepare your own breakfast & dinner. Indoor kitchen(s) provided.
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Current Building Status

Planning and Preparation

Type of Build Project

New Structure

Projected Start and End Dates

8 Oct 2018 to 28 Oct 2018

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

All volunteers are welcome, but expect to work! Accomodations (indoors, with bathrooms!) are available on site, and ideally you would be able to spend a few days with us. I am able to offer ample hands-on instruction in cob and natural building within the context of this project. If you've always been curious, come by and work for a couple days and get the crash course. If natural building is something you want to dive into, spend a few weeks and leave with a strong foundation in cob building and a kick start to your natural building education. A few special skills/interests that would be great: dry stacking stone walls and carpentry.

Where you will be Sleeping

Private cabins.

Maximum Time a Volunteer can Stay

21 days

Minimum Time a Volunteer can Stay

2 days

How much Notice Needed Prior to Hosting

1 days

The Number of POOSHers Desired

6 POOSHers