Building Moore Passion
Story and Photos by Emma Marie Chiang
Published by the Missouri Photo Workshop, MPW.68 / Cuba
Lorian Moore, 55, walks her talk.
As a pioneer in the small town of Leasburg, Missouri she unites communities to care about the earth, natural building and preserving the history of her town. Known as straw-bale people, Moore and husband Rex Rohrer have been married for 28 years and together with friends they constructed their straw-bale home in 1994 from donated recycled material.
Moore encourages others to live off the grid or grid-tie (connected to a utility company). "Being off the grid is the simple life, but it requires hard work," Moore said. "It's freeing to be making your energy from the sun.” She is assisting her friend, Tracy Brennan, in the building process of her own off the grid home.
Twice a week she spends hours educating visitors of the earth’s wonders guiding tours at the Onandaga Caves State Park in Leasburg. In between her role as a wife and mom of two previously home-schooled children, Sage, 23, and Kai, 17, she works toward the revitalization of Leasburg with a population of 350. With the help of others she formed a non-profit in hopes to purchase vacant storefronts, organize events in the community and upgrade public facilities.
Moore lives with passion for the earth, natural building, and love for all.
This story was published during the MPW.68/2016 Missiouri Photo Workshop in Cuba, Missiouri.