November 2009

There is a lot happening at Heathcote these days.  We've had several new people join us, which has brought our numbers up to 15 adults and 6 kids.  Mike & Larissa, with their two boys Galen and Noah, have moved in and are now doing their provisional membership.  Also Gloria has completed her 21-day visit and is waiting for the room in Polaris (the staw-bale building) to be ready for her to move into so she can start her provisional membership.  We also have Betsy back, who used to be a member and is now back and taking over as lead gardener.  And then we have Anne who will be joining us to start the membership process later this month, and Steve the intern who is thinking about applying for membership.

It's been really fun to start using the wood-fired cob hot tub.  We've had a couple of hot-tub parties so far.  We're still trying to figure out how to control the fire to get just the right temperature, but we're starting to get the hang of it. 

It's hard to invite the entire wider community to these parties, since we can only fit about 5 people at a time, but if you're interested in coming to one just send us an email and we'll let you know when the next one is. There are some pictures of the cob workshop where we built the hot tub in the photo gallery if you're interested in seeing more.

There are also pictures of the new hoop greenhouse that we are building in the garden.  We got a grant from the Koinonia Foundation to build it. We're really excited about having greens and other vegetables all year 'round!