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Austin Earth Day Festival 2012

Sunday, April 22, 12:00 – 6:00 pm

The Browning Hangar at the Mueller Redevelopment

Put this on your calendar!

Come out and experience the best Austin Earth Day celebration ever! Free admission!

Informative speakers ~ Interactive exhibits ~ Kids activities ~ Local food trailers ~ Entertainment ~ Raffle prizes ~ and more

Design~Build~Live is an event partner. We will have a booth with natural building materials displays, photos of beautiful projects, and experienced natural builders to answer your questions.

*** Hear our presentation, “Natural Building for Austinites” at 2:40 pm in the big hanger***


So You Are Thinking About Building?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 pm

House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78703 (map)

Guest presenters: Kindra Welch, www.claysandstraw, and Sara Schmidt

Somewhere in the back of almost everyone’s mind simmers an idea about a little piece of land and a dream house.  If this is you and the plan includes building that house, don’t miss this presentation.  Natural builders and educators Sara Schmidt and Kindra Welch will talk strategy and process, the practical steps to prepare yourself for a great project. They will touch on all facets of the process, with emphasis on land / site selection.

This presentation is free an open to the public. (DBL is a volunteer-run organization, and optional donations at the door are always appreciated.) No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.

Bastrop Harvested/Salvaged Wood Furniture Workshop

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

This is carpentry and structural design at it’s core!  We are surrounded by strong, durable and readily-available materials that are often considered unfit for the lumber yard.  This workshop involves the use of Bastrop pine, Juniper/Cedar and other sustainably-harvested/salvaged materials from trees and bushes to make a stool, chair, and/or bench that you can take home with you!   Design, joinery, material selection, and efficient tool use will be some of the subjects covered.

For more information, or to register for this workshop, email Lauren at lauren AT


Banana Peels and 2x4s to Black Gold

A Design~Build~Live Monthly Presentation

 Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

House + Earth, 1214 West 6th Street, Suite 120, Austin, Texas, 78703 (map)

Guest Speaker: Phil Gosh, owner of Organics by Gosh
Zero waste is a goal of the City of Austin and many of us wishing to create a more sustainable existence. Organics by Gosh, a local family-owned business, is helping to achieve that goal while producing wonderful, useful products for enriching gardens, farms and landscapes. Learn about  food scrap composting, construction waste recycling, engineered soils, mulching, educational programs, and how Organics by Gosh approaches zero waste and supports sustainable communities. Discover how black gold is created from organic waste materials and how you can use this to grow more good green stuff and save water.
DBL is a volunteer-run organization. In order to support our educational efforts, we ask for a small $5 donation at the door from non-members.  No RSVP required. For more details, email us via “Contact Us” or call Scott Clay at 512-689-1149.

Shop Natural Grocers in Temple to Help Rebuild Bastrop County Naturally

December 17, 2011, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Natural Grocers3621 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, Texas 76504
On December 17th, 2011 the Natural Grocers store in Temple, Tx will be holding a 5% Day benefiting Earthen Love, DBL’s Bastrop County wildfire recovery project.  Earthen Love seeks to help rebuild Bastrop County homes and buildings using natural, nontoxic, fire-resistant, earth-friendly methods. Natural Grocers, which sells only foods and supplements with natural and organic ingredients, is a great match for Earthen Love’s vision.
Natural Grocers will donate 5% of the gross sales for the entire day to the Earthen Love project. The money will be used to support educational efforts as well as to help construct specific homes using natural, sustainable materials and system.
Please shop Natural Grocers and help DBL maximize the opportunity to rebuild Bastrop County in a more healthful, life-supporting, durable way. Envision a deep green community sprouting up along with the new pines!
For those who don’t live near Temple and can’t be there, donations to the Earthen Love project in any amount will be greatly appreciated and can by made right now online. Simply create or enter your account (login in right margin) and select “My donation history” from the dropdown menu. Please type  “Earthen Love” in the comments box.
For more information, contact us via the Design~Build~Live website (nav bar above) or call Tracy at (254) 541-6978 .

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