Straw Bale House on the Prairie

Jane Koger designed her home in the Flint Hills of Kansas using a number of sustainable strategies, from building with salvaged lumber and limestone to insulating with bales of native Indiangrass to getting her power from the wind and sun. In this excerpt from the book “The Hybrid House” by Catherine Wanek, Koger, a fourth-generation homesteader, shares how she built and maintains her beautiful, energy-efficient home, what she’s doing to help prairie wildlife, and what she loves about her life of frugal comfort on the land.

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