Jim Schalles is the Founder of Tallgrass Vernacular. After receiving his Bachelors of Environmental Sciences in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, he traveled through Patagonia where he became enamored with Natural Building in the town of El Bolson, Argentina. Upon returning to the United States, he headed out for Oregon where he began his education at Aprovecho School of Permaculture. He has taken classes and workshops up and down the West Coast of the U.S. and began his own building career by practicing with Cob Ovens which has turned into a passion of wood-fired devices. He is now a member of the Masonry Heater Association of North America and is well versed in numerous natural building techniques. His hope is to start a School of Natural Building for the Great Plains in the Loess Hills of Western Iowa and to one day have a baby bison grazing on his Tallgrass Prairie planted living roof.