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The $20,000 House

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We all need a place to call home. Here’s how students and faculty from Auburn’s “Rural Studio” program are creating new ways to make homes affordable for everyone.

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Here’s an example of a $20,000 house designed by Rural Studio. Rural Studio is an off-campus d
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Rachel's interest in sustainable agriculture and grazing has deep roots in the soil. She's been following that passion around the world, working on an ancient Nabatean farm in the Negev, and with farmers in West Africa's Niger. After returning to the US, Rachel received her M.S. and Ph.D. in agronomy and soil science from the University of Maryland. For her doctoral research, Rachel spent 3 years working with Maryland dairy farmers using management intensive grazing. She then began her work with grass farmers, a source of joy and a journey of discovery.


  1. Sylvia A Long says:

    I’m excited about the opportunities that Alabama’s “Black Belt” low income residents were able to tap into. But, what about the perceived expensive septic systems that could chalk up cost nearly equal to the homes on prairie soils?

    • Kathy Voth says:

      I’ve spent a lot of time looking at “tiny houses” and their construction. Some of the solutions to septic systems include composting toilets and setting up grey water systems. I don’t know how Rural Studio addresses these issues. There might be more on their website.

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