We're having an enjoyable spring at Heathcote. Associate member Mick Vogt, with funding from his nonprofit Oberon Associates, led a project to revive a vernal pond where the frogs like to mate. Mick and several other community members cleaned out the pond and planted plants around it.
We’re enjoying another beautiful summer in the valley. Heathcote Community is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and we are in the throes of planning a big party that is scheduled for October 10th.
We have lost and are losing a few more members. John and Mary are now gone, and Nick and Rachel are in the process of moving on. We also lost our gardener, Julie (although Betsy is doing a great job replacing her). So if you've been thinking about living in community, now is a great time to apply to be a Heathcote member!
Also, we're working on preparations for our 50th anniversary, coming up next year. Stay tuned for the announcement for a BIG PARTY to celebrate!
It's been about a year since I've updated this column. Sorry to be out of touch for so long. A lot has happened in the last year. We've had a couple of farmers help us out over the summer. Patrick primarily, and Alex a bit too. But now they've moved on and Julie has taken over as the lead farmer. She and her two daughters have moved into the farmhouse where Kathy had lived (yes Kathy has moved on as well).
We've also had two weddings for Heathcoters. In June Rachel and Nick got married here, and in October Mary and John were married. They were both very fun, and they tended to take up lots of the community's attention during the planning.
Several months have gone by since our last update. The whole growing season has come and gone (for the most part -- though we're still getting a few things out of the greenhouses). Leah has done a good job keeping the gardens productive, along with work-exchangers Rob, Kathy, and others.
As of our last update we were working with the county to update our zoning status, and were hoping to be designated as a farm so we could have educational programs as an "accessory use". Well, we're pleased to announce that the county has agreed to the farm designation and we're moving ahead with new on-site education programs. In October we had "Autumnal bliss" -- the first of our "living with the seasons" seasonal workshops on permaculture, acupuncture, and sustainable living.