Straw Bale Building

June 11-12, 2021

Hi Friends,

As you know, we are building a small straw bale house and next Friday (6/11) we will start raising the walls. Logan, our builder, said that it should take two days. He estimated that we will need ~12 people each day to get it done. Logan said this is when you see the biggest difference in the house. Here is our house as of this week:


We will be stacking some 350 straw bales between the posts to build the walls. Some people will be stacking and others will be stuffing straw into the corners and odd shaped sides (roof). Logan said the key is to stuff the straw and pack the bales tightly. Here is a picture of a house with the straw bale walls partially in:


Logan and his workers are very experienced in straw bale building and can explain everything as we work. We will start around 8am each day and work until dinnertime. If you want to help both days and don’t want to drive home – you are welcome to camp at the farm (we do have a composting toilet out there ;>). Needless to say, there will be plenty of food and drinks provided all day and we will have a dinner at the end of the day.

Many hands make light work, so we are hoping to get as many people as possible. If you can’t make this weekend, we will be applying (smearing) mud and lime on the walls for a number of weekends in July. More on that later…

If you want to help with the wall raising please text (919-324-4069) or email ( us about which day(s) you can come so we can plan for food. We will have a farm dinner and can do farm tours if you haven’t been out here yet.

Our new house is at:

593 Howard Gilliland Rd.

Siler City, NC 27344

Thanks so much,

Lynn & Lee Ann