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Cob repair days – March and April

Cob repair days – March and April

Want to play in the mud? Are you interested in building with cob? (straw + mud combination, a sustainable building method) A small team will be repairing the Westchester Community Oven during selected workdays in March and April. Damage to the Oven During one of the fierce January storms, high winds lifted the rain tarp and the Oven was exposed to a downpour.

Cactus juice preservative for the cob oven

Cactus juice preservative for the cob oven

I’m “cooking up” a batch of Opuntia juice preservative.  It is a traditional weather coating used on adobe and cob structures.  We will be adding it to the final coat on the Westchester Community Oven when we re-surface it next weekend. I had to post this because it is absolutely a frightful color of green.  No filters in that photo! To make the preservative, you finely mince or puree cactus pads (Opuntia species, better known as prickly pear, or “nopales”),…

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Rainstorms and the cob oven

Rainstorms and the cob oven

After months of drought, last Tuesday in the wee hours of the morning we got 1.79 inches of rain within about 6 hours — the tail end of Hurricane Linda. Long story short, the Oven was uncovered during a severe downpour, and the Oven has suffered damage.  

Adobe Brick-making Success!

Adobe Brick-making Success!

This past Saturday, we had LOTS of fun making adobe bricks at the Community Garden. Kids, both small and tall, got to experience squishy-squashy mud.  It is so tactile and cool and smooth, and once you start, you just can’t get enough of it!

Wish Bricks

Wish Bricks

Make a wish. Write it down. Put it into an adobe brick. The community will gather around your wish, for years to come. Here’s how …

Asphalt Demolition Party – April 25

Asphalt Demolition Party – April 25

What’s your opinion about asphalt, really?  Wouldn’t you love to be there as nearly 1000square foot of it meets its demise? Too much stress at work, or school?  Frustrated with insufficient action on political issues? Wouldn’t you love to take out your frustrations on some lowly asphalt? On Saturday, April 25, we’ll be removing asphalt to make way for the new Westchester Community Oven.  And we’re going to make it a party!

Cob Oven workshop – June 6,7,13,14

Cob Oven workshop – June 6,7,13,14

Earthen ovens are cheap to build, fun to use, and provide a baking environment that is impossible to recreate in the kitchen. Ben Loescher will conduct a 4-day hands-on workshop this June, to teach you how to make your own earthen oven. Ben has built dozens of these ovens, and has great expertise in both adobe construction and earthen plasters and finishes. You will leave the class with the knowledge necessary to build an oven of your own, with materials that…

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Adobe Brickmaking hands-on workshop – May 9, May 16

Adobe Brickmaking hands-on workshop – May 9, May 16

This Earth Day, get in touch with Adobe.  California schoolchildren learn about it in 4th grade when they study the Missions.  But did you know it’s part of the cutting edge of sustainable architecture and building with local materials. On May 9 or May 16, get your hands muddy and have a lot of fun as we make Adobe Bricks to be used in building the Community Bread Oven. This hands-on, get messy workshop is free and open to ALL AGES,…

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Artisan Bread Tasting (and raffle!)

Artisan Bread Tasting (and raffle!)

Imagine: hand-baked artisan bread, fresh from the oven.  Would you like to sample a diverse assortment of flavors and textures? …and enjoy a fun afternoon with great company?  …and possibly WIN special loaves to take home? …or win the 50/50 pot at the raffle! Come to the Artisan Bread Tasting (and raffle) on March 15.  It’s a fun-raiser for the Community Oven project we’re building at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity.

The cob oven at RootSimple homestead

The cob oven at RootSimple homestead

Mr Homegrown of RootSimple shared this video of their construction process.  He is part of the team, advising us as we plan how to build the cob oven at the Community Garden at Holy Nativity.