Podcast Episode 191: These Moms Build Houses Out of Mud

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 191 of The New Family Podcast where we talk to two members of a group of mostly moms who, by building houses out of mud, have created an alternative lifestyle that’s sustainable and beneficial for everyone involved.

Our guests for this episode, Molly Murphy and Clare Kenny, are members of an organization called The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective based in British Columbia on Canada’s west coast. This all-woman group (pictured above with some of their partners) builds eco-friendly “Cob Houses” out of mud, for both customers and for each other.

They work in a patriarchy-busting, non-hierarchical manner, and get this — childcare is included in all their projects so that women can find employment opportunities that don’t come with the usual strain of finding good, affordable care for their kids.

Mom Claire Kenny works on mudhouse with baby on her back

Clare Kenny

The Mudgirls have put together a beautiful book about their work and way of life. It’s called The Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives. Clare and Molly challenge us to think differently about how work — and life — can look.

Mudgirl Molly Murphy with dust mask leans out window of mudhouse during construction

Molly Murphy

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Mudgirls Manifesto: Handbuilt Homes, Handcrafted Lives

The Mudgirls Natural Building Collective website

Mudgirls Natural Building Collective Facebook Page

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What the authors say they hope people will get out of reading the book:

“Work together. Think more about reaching out to people in your community and to other mothers. Also, to realize that motherhood is not a liability. Motherhood is a superpower. Mothers are the most amazing multitaskers ever… I think it’s the most radical thing we do — it’s our child-care policy and I’m really proud of us for that.”

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Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by


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