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“It’s going to take at least two years to build.”


mixing the materials, and adding water to the dry parts of the mixture. Once it was the perfect consistency we folded the tarp over onto itself until it became a flat rectangular shape about 9 inches by 4 inches. It then sat for 15 minutes where nature took its course. They called it the brick. Once the brick was done, it was taken to the foundation and stacked to produce the walls. There were four people working away in the heat. Dave, the owner of the property, had already built a smaller cob house that was one day going to become his daughter’s castle next to the main house. Right now, the smaller cob house was being used as the kitchen. The main house was the one we had just help build. He estimated “It’s going to take at least two years to build.”


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Well, the cook… she was the cog that kept the machine running. According to Dave, in the world of cob house workshops, the cook is the queen since she keeps everyone well-fed. It was getting close to dinnertime so they kindly asked us to stay. We graciously accepted their offer, especially since we didn’t have a lot to eat back at our place, not to mention that it smelled fantastic. We squeezed around a small table outside. We were treated to an incredible vegan meal on the side of a small mountain, surrounded by a beautiful forest. A pot of lentil stew, a bowl of rice, a frying pan with beet greens and a plate of homemade flat bread with hummus was placed on the table and we ate family style. We were finally feeling like we were being accepted into the community and


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