All posts by susan

new car

I bought a used Prius from Craigslist! It is very exciting because we have been car free for a really long time; close to 15 years. It is also exciting because we can go adventuring to places we want to move to. We are interested in staying in California and we prefer the northern part of the state.

Our first field trip after getting the car registed was to attend the last and only in person school event which was a meet up at Caesar Chavez park. We also shopped at Berkeley Bowl and just had to get a melon since we had a car to transport it. ^_^

Cob on Wood

Today we visited the site of a West Oakland camp under the highway. This particular spot is being developed by Cob on Wood to provide community buildings like a kitchen, restroom, free store, raised garden beds and a cob oven. The buildings are constructed with free wood pallets and covered inside and out with cob. All the work is done by community volunteers. Today they were finishing up a cob bench that encircled a fire pit.

Emma and I took the bus all the way down Grand and walked over. We had collected items from arond the house they needed like old clothes, shoes and toys. We really wanted to help out and were given paint brushes and a bucket of lime wash to paint one of the buildings with its final protective layer. Emma loved the experience and asked if she could help out every day. The lead builder said they would soon begin building a workshop so there was still work to be done.

Housing insecurity is one of Oakland’s biggest struggles and everyone knows the pandemic is only exacerbating the problem. This year I have really enjoyed reading more about permaculture and eco friendly housing. The idea to utilize cob in this way is so brilliant and I was eager to see it in person. It is beautiful and cheaply done. I am so glad to have shared the experience with Emma! To learn more visit their instagram and donate here.