The Ionia barn, under construction, is located at the small macrobiotic village in Alaska called Ionia. It is designed to be a place where therapy and subsistence meet. It will hold the harvest, a carpentry shop, mechanics shop, storage for farming and processing equipment, and provide a grain and vegetable processing center. Heated with renewable resources and built with local log beams, clay and straw, it will be an educational environment with a low carbon footprint. We are using Kenai Peninsula logs and clay, which is of the highest possible grade, and dry 2010 harvest Delta Junction barley straw.
The finished barn will serve as the center for many of Ionia’s simple seasonal activities. Ionia residents are providing most of the labor. Each summer, volunteers from all over the world are traveling to Ionia to help out and learn about natural building.
The Ionia Barn is funded by matching grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, MJ Murdock Charitable Trust, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, USDA Rural Development (planning grant) and Paul G Allen Family Foundation as well as generous private donations.