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Cal-Earth Superadobes

(1) shelter is a basic human right, (2) every human being should be able to build a house for him or herself, and (3) the best way to provide shelter for the exponentially increasing human population is by building with earth. — The three principles in Cal-Earth’s mission.

This place was nothing like I imagined, thank God. It was amazing! I highly recommend checking out one of their open houses, especially if you have kids. They can climb all over the superadobes, even up onto the roofs. Yes, of course, I tried it out myself!

The open house is the first Saturday of the month (except August). You can either bring a pot luck item or a minimum donation of $7.00. While you’re exploring the superadobes and taking in a lecture, the Cal-Earth people are setting up the potluck.

The superadobes are made out of sandbags and barbed wire. The structures have passed California’s high-seismic building codes, making them resistant to earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes. But even more imporantly (ha ha) they are cuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

Read about the founder Nader Khalili here, and about his inspiration, the poet Rumi, here.

Thanks to The Valencia Hiking Crew for organizing another amazing event!





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