Michael Beck's Profile

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A Little about Me

I am currently working with thePOOSH.org as the social media guy. I am living in community near Berea, KY where we are building a log cabin. I am involved as a Bioregional Ambassador with Permaculture Action Network and enjoy forest gardening, wild-crafting and reading good books. We are becoming permaculture superstars!

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Eric Puro's picture Keep this one fed with coffee and food, and you will love having his spirit around. He makes great sounds out of a guitar and great tastes out of some food. Can't wait to continue traveling around Europe with MichaelBeck!
Jim Self's picture When I first met Michael we were embarking on a trek in the olympic national park, USA. The car ride was long- he provided the tunes & casual radio chat! He's a wealth of musical knowledge. Focused and valued team player, Michael built his home (earthship) and is committed to creating more...
Maarja Õunaste's picture I have worked together with Michael and really enjoyed it! He has a good understanding of sustainable building, and know-how to work in a team. He is one of the people, who you can find searching for precious stones in the build site and creating a piece of art in your living space!

My Build Projects

A group of us bought 62 acres 9 miles south of Berea, KY last summer. We are currently working on building a log cabin as a community building which we will all live in until personal houses are built. It will continue to be used as the communal...
We had a wonderful festival and are now looking for whoever wants to come out to the lake to help build, be creative, keep us company, share stories, have a beer, etc! Reach me at 574-312-8811 to come out!

Why I Build Sustainably

There are many facets of sustainable building that interest me. Economically, it is a much more viable option to build your own house than pay rent or spend your life savings on a roof over your head. Environmentally, it makes sense for your house to function in harmony with the environment in which it is built rather than just use and use and use more energy to heat, cool, provide water, etc. Socially and psychologically, I feel better in a house made of natural and recycled materials than a conventionally built square box!

Skills I would like to Work on or Share.

If there is a guitar around, I am a happier camper. I'm a fairly quick learner and enjoy learning new tasks. I'm a great cook too!

My Life Philosophy


Building Styles I have Experience in

Earthship/used tires
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
Log cabin
drystacked stone

My Building Qualifications

Built 4 buildings, working on the 5th. It will be the best. Natural builder of Soulpatch area of Summer Camp Music Festival

What I Read, Watch, and Listen to

I enjoy fiction. Some of my favorite authors are Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Dostoyevsky, David Mitchell and JRR Tolkien. Music is one of my passions. I like bluegrass and funk and certain electronic genres. Stephen Colbert is my hero.

Building Styles I'm Interested in

Rammed Earth
Earthship/used tires
Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Reclaimed Materials
Local Materials (ie Sustainable Wood)
Stone/Flint walls
Log cabin
Natural = Better.

My Education

BA in English from Simon Fraser University, BC, Canada 2012 PDC from Terra Alta and Treeyo Permaculture

My Eating Habits

I love food. That's the short end of it!