The Castanea Community house is a multi-family straw bale building in downtown Nashville, TN.
Castanea, Latin for chestnut, is a group of young adults, some with children, that have formed a community whose mission is to grow food for the people in their neighborhood, which they are already doing to an impressive degree in the South Chestnut Hill area of Nashville. They meet every evening to break bread together at a communal meal often welcoming neighbors to join them. They decided to buy two adjacent apartment buildings that had been foreclosed on to create a place for all members to live together. Then it was discovered that it had been condemned and slated for tearing down. The good concrete block structure will get a new living roof that will be gardened for food, a straw bale wrap on three sides, a 2 story sun space for an indoor vertical garden and living walls to aid summer cooling.