January 2009

There are several new things happening at Heathcote to talk about. First, news of members coming and going. Thia, who was going through the membership process, decided to move on, so she left us around Thanksgiving. Then Andrea decided to become a member so she's currently a provisional member. And we've got Nick joining us for his 21-day visit (an early stage of the process). Also, we're glad to have Devin here as an intern for the 2009 gardening season. He's here now getting an early start on the gardens plus helping out with the open classroom homeschooler program and a little bit of maintenance here and there. It's exciting to have all the new faces around contributing their energy and enthusiasm!

The other big news is that Karen and the education committee are planning a really big year for permaculture education. Starting in the spring we'll be having permaculture design courses and a whole lot of weekend workshops. They're working on the calendar now, and it'll be on the website in a few days. We'll also be emailing our events list with updates, so please consider signing up so you'll be notified about the various classes.

Our new strawbale building is in the final phases of trim work and painting. Greg, Juji, and their family hope to move into it in the next couple of months. The major work was done last spring, so we have the occupancy permit, but who wants to move in when the trim work is still happening. Hopefully by the next update we can announce a major milestone! If you haven't seen it yet, think about coming by for a visit -- it's really beautiful!

Another piece of news is that Bob is going to start on a boat building project. He already has one that he finished, which you can either sail or row. Now he wants to do the project again and pass on his knowledge to others. So he's looking for people to do it with him. Give him a call if you'reinterested at 410-343-3478 #6.