Here’s an update on our progress in modular CEB construction. In a previous post we’ve seen the beginning of CEB columns and foundations. These are part of an experimental modular CEB construction method.
In the 10 days that were left, we were able to demonstrate how a section of roof can be mounted on columns. We abandoned the first tall column for later, since we figured that we could grow the columns right under the roof, with the roof in place on the ground. What you see here is the start of a single section of our workshop. We started to build the roof right on the concrete pads. We then propped up the roof on one side with a farm jack, put 2×4 supports underneath, and began to build up the 2 supporting columns. Once the columns were about 4 feet, we dropped the roof on them with the farm jack, and propped up the opposite side of the roof – so we could continue growing the columns as needed. We attached roof overhangs to the main roof section, so that the columns would be protected from the elements. We then put on the sheet metal for the roof, and that’s as far as we got within our window of opportunity.
Sean and his crew dropped in on the last day for an interview and to collect more footage for his forthcoming 8 minute documentary on Factor e Farm.
Regarding construction – we’re continuing where we left off on April 1 – towards our 3000 sq foot production facility – when the weather becomes favorable again. In the meantime, we’ve got a few things to keep us going – which we’ll report on next.