Welcome to the Clan
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WELCOME TO THE CLAN Fourteen members of the Cedar Moon commune (and one winged friend) relax on the T-Whale, a covered gazebo that serves as the social hub of their home on the edge of Tryon Creek State Park.

Full Bounty
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FULL BOUNTY In preparation for the evening’s group dinner, Bonsai Matt and fellow Cedar Moon resident 3-year-old Myrtle pick an armful of giant, leafy kale form their seven-acre farm.

Motor mouth
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MOTOR MOUTH One of Cedar Moon’s three Nubian goats does its part to help cut back blackberry brambles and other invasive weeds while satisfying its insatiable appetite.

Outhouse
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RULE NO. 2 Everything at Cedar Moon is recycled, even human waste, which is collected in this composting toilet for later use as fertilizer in the garden.

rustic cooking
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RUSTIC COOKING Cedar Moon’s outdoor stoves and oven are made of a combination of mud and straw called cob. The kitchen’s recently finished roof protects the natural appliances from the rain.

Commune fire
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FIRE IN THE HOLE This dragon-shaped, cob-built "rocket stove" not only cooks food, but when properly stoked, it also warms the entire length of the adjacent bench, which is used for outdoor dining.

commune tepee
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NO-CAR GARAGE A rustic tepee makes a perfect environmentally friendly abode for Cedar Moon resident Bernhard Bach.

commune spa
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SPA FRODO It might look like something from Middle Earth, but this cob building is actually a sauna, one of the more popular social venues on the property.

commune bricks
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HOT ROCKS Inside the earthen structure, a wood-burning stove heats bricks; mud-and-straw walls keep the temperature at a steady, sweat-inducing level.

Welcome to the Clan
Full Bounty
Motor mouth
Outhouse
rustic cooking
Commune fire
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