November 2012

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.

February 2012

A lot has happened at Heathcote since the last update.  Back in the spring we started planning to purchase the neighboring Anacker property to make it part of a united Heathcote valley and expand our permaculture programs.  Our land committee worked hard and the fund raising committee put together over $150,000 in donations to make it happen.  Unfortunately, the Anackers turned down our offer and signed a contract with another buyer.  There is still a chance that the deal won't go to settlement, so cross your fingers for us.  Even if we are not able to buy the Anacker land, we are still planning to expand our permaculture demonstration and education programs by acquiring other land in the local area or continuing to improve our current land.

Another thing that happened is that we are working with the county to update our zoning status.  In order to come into compliance with county regulations, we decided to move out of some of the buildings that we had been living in.  There has been a little bit of shuffling -- John and Bob moved into the mill apartment, Matt and Betsy moved into the farmhouse, and Nick and Rachel moved into Polaris. 

May 2011

For the past 35 years, generations of Heathcoters have gone up to Anacker Acres to swing in the swings, play cards, pick apples and blackberries, and enjoy the generous hospitality of Bill and Margaret Anacker.

February 2011

We are very sad to see Mike, Larissa, and their kids Galen and Noah leave the community.  But we wish them well on their new adventure in Atlanta.  The community is still very full, however, thanks to several new applicants.  We've got Anne, Lisa, and Betsy still in the provisional membership phase, and we've got CT, Rachel, Matt, Howard and Heart now in the 21-day visit phase.  We've also had Michelle and Ted staying with us as work-exchangers for the last couple of months.  Ted has turned out to be a bread-baker extraordinaire (Ted the Bread-Head), and Michelle is making a beautiful mosaic in the laundry room floor out of Nick's broken pottery.  I'm sad to report that they'll be leaving us this week.  Our intern Jonathan left recently as well.

Another bit of big news in the community lately is that the new large greenhouse is being finished.  Matt has been putting a lot of work into it, late into the evenings in the freezing cold, but it looks like it'll be ready for the upcoming growing season.  Matt recently wrote an article about the greenhouse that you can read here, and there are some pictures here

June 2010

The community continues to be pretty full.  We've got several new members finishing up their provisional membership, plus there are currently 6 interns here!  Three of them, Kwame, Patty, and Matt, have been here for quite some time, and the other three, Kat, Eric, and Tori just got here at the beginning of June and will be here for 1 to 2 months.  But it's great to have such energy and enthusiasm in the community!  We've been having weekly intern nights where we get together in the evening and hang out and socialize with the interns.  We've had a bonfire, game night, drumming, and almost had a hot-tub party so far.