Friday, April 24, 2015

cob Cob COB!!! (Arkansas Garden Corps)

April has been a great month for our cob building project. Arkansas Garden Corps planned to have a gathering of current service members. These service members are serving at garden projects all across the state, so of course they wanted to get their hands dirty with CMAP. Since they all probably pull weeds daily, we decided to offer some more novel tasks: COB BUILDING.

We were so excited to build cob with the ARGC service members that we rushed the completion of our first stem wall. Tristan worked from 8am to 10:30pm and is now an expert stone mason.

Finally we got to slap on our first mix of cob!

ARGC Service Members mixing clay, sand and straw to make cob

Building up our first layer of cob
A big thank you goes out to all the ARGC service members! You did some awesome work on your visit to CMAP that will carry on through the ages.
If you would like to play in the mud and build a long lasting, sustainable structure at the same time, just contact us! Bring anybody you want. Kids will love it! Bring your grandparents! Bring your boss! There is something everyone can do to contribute to this fun and worthwhile work!

If you are interested in serving with ARGC or getting a service member for your garden project, it is a great program that I highly recommend. Their website is here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

New Chicken Yard

We moved the fences of the chicken yard so we could have our garden beds back. They have spent all winter fertilizing the beds with their manure. This photo shows the chickens hesitantly approaching the new yard full of fresh green grass!