75 people or 140 people
Built in 1990, the Baleyfield House is a straw bale construction and one of the first of its kind in Central Texas. The walls are two feet thick, full of straw, and painted with a clay exterior. The house needs one fourth less energy to power the central heat and air conditioning because of its efficiency. The ceiling insulation is made of shredded newspaper soaked in chrysanthemum flowers to act as a fire retardant insulation.
Throughout the year, primary and secondary schools bring their students for week long farm experiences to expose their students to above out of the ordinary life lessons including operating as family units participating in cooking, while incorporating academic school lessons, farming and land best practices.
The Baleyfield House overlooks the original Kitchen garden. The food grown here is at least 40% higher nutritional value than conventional food bought at a grocery store and its because of our nurtured soil. This is the cure for the uncommon host who takes pride in a life honoring best practices and reverence for the land.