The First Straw: Building the First Straw Bale Home in Virginia

Hanuman Bertschy trod where no Virginian had gone before when she built a straw bale home on an ashram just outside of Charlottesville.

Hanuman and her husband, Ray, spend many peaceful moments in the garden surrounding the house. Hanuman had fond memories of her grandmother’s porch swing but lacked a porch on which to replicate it. So she hung the swing, a table, and plants on a pipe that her father hoisted between two trees.
Photo By Philip Beaurline