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Downtown Harvest and Wine Festival Part 2
September 29, 2009, 6:31 pm
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We had a great time at the Downtown Sioux Falls Harvest and Wine Festival and wanted to say “thank you” to everyone that stopped by!  There were a lot of great questions and interest in straw bale construction.  A couple highlights:

  • A display of design and technical information about straw bale construction including a brief history, tips on choosing bales, infill and structural techniques, moisture protection, insulation and R-values, max compressive strengths, and fire testing data.
  • A straw bale mock up demonstrating how to build a proper foundation and sill plates to protect bales from moisture and one example of pre compression for an infill wall.
  • Additional information about alternative natural materials including rammed earth, cordwood masonry, and compressed earth blocks.

Go to to view additional photos and download display boards.

Information Boards
September 28, 2009, 7:11 pm
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If you are ever in need of large info boards on green materials, check out our website and download them for free!  Currently we have display boards for:

Download them by clicking on the links above or by going to one of our event pages on our website such as the Harvest Festival at  Note: These are all large files and may take a few minutes to load.  More information boards will be posted as they become available.

Downtown Harvest and Wine Festival
September 23, 2009, 3:24 pm
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Downtown Harvest and Wine Festival 2009 | Saturday, September 26, 2009
10:00-4:00 at Fawick Park, Phillips Avenue, East Bank and 5:00-8:00 at 2nd Avenue between 10th and 11th Street

About the Event:

The 2009 Harvest and Wine Festival in downtown Sioux Falls is focused “on sustainability and our South Dakota Heritage.” There will be booths about local history, food, and demonstrations such as stone cutting and straw bale construction as well as the Zoo Mobile, a working beehive, a pet show, horse and wagon rides, and a farmer’s market in Fawick Park from 10-4.  From 5-8 there will be wine and beer sampling and live music on 2nd avenue between 10th and 11th street.

Be sure to check out Chartreuse in Fawick Park.  We will be demonstrating straw bale construction techniques!

To learn more about the event visit the Downtown Sioux Falls Website at or download the Festival Flyer.

September Green Drinks
September 22, 2009, 1:51 pm
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It’s that time again! September Green Drinks is almost here!

Where: Buffaloberries Select Ingredient Bar (329 S. Phillips Ave.)
When: September 23, 2009 5:00 until whenever!

Jamie Horter will be discussing her upcoming trip to represent the Midwest at the global climate talks in Copenhagen and her involvement with

Green Drinks is a monthly mixer organized by Astronaut and the Sioux Falls Green Project for anyone interested in conversation about all aspects of sustainability. Sioux Falls is just one of 610 cities world wide making green conversation over drinks. For more information about Green Drinks check out the website at

City of Sioux Falls Green-ival Part 2
September 21, 2009, 10:09 pm
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We had a great time at the City of Sioux Falls Green-ival and wanted to say “thank you” to everyone that stopped by!  There were a lot of great questions and interest in natural building techniques.

We will also be at the Harvest and Wine Festival next Saturday, September 26th so check back for more information regarding the event.  We hope to see you there!

City of Sioux Falls Green-ival
September 9, 2009, 4:25 pm
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Saturday, September 19, 2009
10am-2pm at Falls Park

Come visit the first annual Green-ival!  The City of Sioux Falls is sponsoring this free public event that includes arts & crafts vendors, musicians, educational displays, food, recycling companies, clothing, cleaning companies, landscapers and builders, and much more!

Chartreuse will be displaying some green building information for the public so swing by, say hello, and learn about alternative building methods.

The Sioux Falls Green Project is in charge of keeping this event clean and green and they are looking for volunteers.  Trash Talkers will be working from 9:45am to 2:00pm in two hour shifts so if you’re interested, contact Joe at or 605.610.4240.

Also, if you’re one of the first 50 people that take public transportation to this event you will receive a bag filled with fun green stuff from Leading Green Sioux Falls.

For more information visit