June was a very nice month in a lot of ways and at the end of it , I attended a four day workshop at Tim and Beth Reese’s Taproot Farm http://taprootfarm.info/ in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, to gain some hands on experience in the craft of building with Strawbales. There were so many great aspects to the workshop–just one in a series on natural building at the farm, this summer–but the best feature of all was the presence of the remarkable designer, teacher, and consultant, Sigi Koko of Down to Earth Design.


That's me working hard as always. Somebody had to keep those guys in line.


The facilities at the farm were excellent, from the clean well laid out camping sites, to the delicious food (fine vegetarian alternatives available at every meal), to the river for swimming right on the property, the nice clean outdoor shower and so many more ammenities. An old-time country band played one night and they asked me to sit in. They also asked me to play one of my original songs, so I played The Ballad of One Time, which has elements of blugrass and old-time and they were very appreciative.


The Amazing Sigi Koko















Of course, we all wanted to keep in touch.

Tara, showing us where she lives on a map of West Virginia


So, if you want to build naturally, don’t forget about Sigi and Down to Earth Design.

Sigi Koko ~ Designer, Teacher, Consultant