Earlier this year I had the opportunity to talk to Richard Betts of Sombra Mezcal about the company’s foray into making adobe bricks from mezcal by-product. The idea is pretty simple, use viñaza and bagasso from mezcal production to make adobe bricks. Of course simplicity is never easy, and after much trial and error, they created a solid blueprint that others could use.

This weekend in Matatlan, Oaxaca, Sombra Mezcal and the COAA (an association of architects) are leading a work brigade to make adobe bricks that will be used in constructing housing for people still affected by last year’s powerful earthquake that leveled homes and structures across the region. There is a caravan from Mexico City traveling to Oaxaca today, with work commencing tomorrow and through the weekend. Here’s a little look at the ambitious itinerary:

Viernes 02 de Noviembre de 2018

10:00 a 11:00 Recorrido Sombra Mezcal: Palenque Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

11:00 a 14:00 Recorrido planta de adobes y jornada de trabajo: Planta Adobes COAA+ Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

14:00 a 15:00 Comida: Planta Adobes COAA+ Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

15:00 a 18:00 Trabajo: Planta Adobes COAA+ Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

19:00 a 21:00 Fogata: Palenque Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

Sábado 03 de noviembre de 2018

07:00 a 8:00 desayuno café: Palenque Sombra, Santiago Matatlán.

8:00 a 13:00 Tequio mezcalero Planta Adobes COAA + Sombra, Santiago Matatlán.

13:00 a 14:00 Convivio mezcalero Planta Adobes COAA + Sombra, Santiago Matatlán.

14:00 a 15:00 Recorrido Sombra mezcal mezcaleros: Palenque Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

15:00 a 18:00 Tequio mezcalero: Planta Adobes COAA + Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

19:00 a 21:00 Fogata: Palenque Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

Domingo 4 de noviembre de 2018

07:00 a 8:00 desayuno café : Palenque Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

8:00 a 11:00 Jornada de trabajo Planta Adobes COAA + Sombra, Santiago Matatlán

12:00 viaje Santiago Matatlán Oaxaca

13:00 a 14:00 Visita guiada con Mauricio Cervantes a la exposición “la tierra es cruda y sin embargo se mueve”, Ex convento de Santo Domingo

21:00 Salida Oaxaca – Ciudad de México: Periférico

It’s a great idea and we look forward to more like these (with a bit more advance notice so we can get the word out!) If you are in Oaxaca and have interest in participating, here are some things to know:

If you want to attend, please contact them through Facebook – @ConsultorioCOAA, or by email or by text message at this number (+521) 5531898412. They are also asking that folks bring food that can be donated to the community, specifically:

  • 3 kg de grano (frijol, arroz, lentejas, maíz, garbanzo)
  • 3 productos de abarrotes (café, azúcar, leche en polvo, aceite para cocinar, pasta para sopa, sal de grano)
  • Puedes traer ropa o cobijas que quieras donar a las comunidades