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8/20/2012

Mud Mavens

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Women can not only think of great products, but actually make them as well. Mud Girls is an all-female building crew that make eco-friendly homes in and around Canada.  Read more stories like this

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A Q&A with founder Jen Gobby

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Diana Budds
Published: 15 Aug 2012, Dwell

The MudGirls Collective (circa 2005) on Jen Gobby's living roof. Photo courtesy of Jen Gobby
Just off Canada's west coast near Vancouver is a paradise for self-sufficiency seekers. Approximately five miles wide and thirteen-and-a-half miles long, Lasqueti Island is home to poets, artists, designers, musicians, and people from all walks of life trying to live off the land responsibly. There are no paved roads or public utilities—just ingenuity and elbow grease.

It was here that Mud Girls, an all-woman natural building collective, got their start in 2004. Founded by Lasqueti Island-resident Jen Gobby, the collective specializes in building compact energy-efficient homes, cabins, and sheds using cob - a clay mixture of sand, clay, straw, and water - and whatever materials are readily available. [read more]


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