What Ryan’s cooking up these days.…

Posted March 16, 2009 at 11:15 pm by

Ryan Browne

Ryan Browne

When I ran into FHHS grad Ryan Browne over the hol­i­days, he told me about his busi­ness, which includ­ed build­ing cob ovens — straw, mud, sand, clay all put togeth­er for the most heat-effi­cient oven you’ve ever seen. I saw him last night (as you can see, about to fire up the oven)… I asked him to tell me what he’s been doing, with this and help­ing with the slow food group.

Here’s more:

Hey Ian,
Thanks for writ­ing!  Yes, I have been work­ing recent­ly with the slow food group at the high school, build­ing a cob oven at Matt and Mau­reen Marinkovich’s house. I think Lin­da Cobos men­tioned that she might have spo­ken with you? It’s wood fired, made out of clay and sand, and designed to cook every­thing from breads and piz­zas to veg­eta­bles and yogurt. I taught work­shop about how to build it.

I have start­ed my own ‘busi­ness by dona­tion’ here on the Island called Earth­lore.  It will pro­vide aware­ness and edu­ca­tion through rein­te­gra­tion of the land in which we live with­in (not ‘upon’), focus­ing on earth­en build­ing and sus­tain­able land prac­tices. My hope is to encour­age cre­ativ­i­ty and inde­pen­dence by empow­er­ing peo­ple to learn how to build, what to plant (if any­thing), and most impor­tant­ly, how to lis­ten. If we can only get back in touch with the land in an inti­mate way and deep­en our under­stand­ing of place, we can live eas­i­er, health­i­er, more abun­dant lives, while embrac­ing the true spir­it of this place. We are the stew­ards of these beau­ti­ful, frag­ile islands, and we as landown­ers are the ones who will shape their future.

I am hop­ing to start a web­site soon, so I can have more infor­ma­tion avail­able on the inter­net.  Any­one who is inter­est­ed in all this should email me at ryanjamesbrowne@gmail.com. And it’s free! The young and the elder­ly are espe­cial­ly encouraged.

Thanks a lot, Ian, and I hope to talk to you soon!


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