Thursday, June 16, 2011

Earthbag Building At South Melbourne Commons

** FREE SKILL - SHARING EVENT - EARTHBAG BUILDING **
The South Melbourne Commons Food Garden team invites you to take part in our skill-sharing event on rammed earth building with earthbags. 

Dates:
  • Sunday 26th June 2011, 10am – 4pm
  • Sunday 10th July, 2011, 10am – 4pm

You can come on either or both days!

Location: South Melbourne Commons - Corner of Bank & Montague St, South Melbourne

The fun continues at South Melbourne Commons.
If you were not able to make to the previous workshops, come along to the free skill share and learn about earthbag building!
Here's how the earthbag retaining wall looks so far.
What is Earthbag building? Learn more here
Our 100 meter long curvy retaining wall is inspired by the keyhole design with a view of maximising edge and creating an aesthetically pleasing functional space for South Melbourne Commons café patrons to sit within. Serving multiple purposes, the wall will also serve as a casual seating area and be a fun walking adventure for children. The walls thermal mass should assist to create a microclimate for early Spring planting and an extended Summer growing season. The garden team will talk over their design and invite participants to comment on plant selection for make the best use of horizontal and vertical space whilst balancing a mix of perennial and annual planting to provide colour, beauty and yield in the garden beds all year long.

The focus of the skill-share days will be to pass on the knowledge required to make rammed earth retaining walls using earthbag building techniques. By the end of the day participants will have all the knowledge they need to start their own earthbag building project.

We’ll cover the basics of Earthbag building: testing soil, mixing, filling, laying, arranging, and tamping earthbags before applying a render finish in each day.

The South Melbourne Commons is a joint venture between the Father Bob Maguire Foundation and Friends of the Earth - a new community hub that reconnects people back to a sense of place and belonging.

RSVP: Charlie on 0403 216 252 or smsscharlie@gmail.com (20 places available for each day)
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