Workday Wonders

by Margret Mueller

After a very rainy week, Sunday August 5th dawned clear and bright. Our main task for this day was to spruce up our entry from Frazier Road all the way to the tractor shed. Jeffry (weed whacker and riding mower) and Margret (push mower, hand weeding tool, and clippers) tackled the sadly-overgrown roadside entrance. A couple dozen small invasive Ailanthus trees had sprouted up along the ditches, our small decorative planting was subsumed by weeds, the shrubs and Redbud tree needed pruning, and the grassy areas were knee-high.
 
Wonder #1:  See before and after pictures!
  
 
Next, a team comprised of Amy, Mir, Randy, Jeffry, Margret, and Lisa progressed down the drive with loppers, clippers, and weed whacker, widening and making more welcoming the whole length. 
 
Wonder #2:  The constant rains had popped out a world of mushrooms, beautiful and various. Margret identified several as edible, bearing such marvelous names as Shaggy-stalked bolete, Indigo Milky, Gem-studded puffball, and Meadow mushroom. 
 
Meanwhile, back at the pump-house, Anthony and his friend Nate, plus our summer intern Jess, were adding supports to the roof and painting the door of what is proving to be a very cool multipurpose structure: Wonder #3:  
 
Around 1 p.m. we convened at the pavilion for lunch and camaraderie. Margret encouraged folks to please (please!) take home some of Wonder #4–Hart’s Mill’s very own “generously-proportioned” zucchini and yellow squash. [attach photo]
 
 
Land Stewardship’s OL and ER thank our willing helping hands  and encourages YOU to be a part of our next workday! (See August calendar).
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Pumphouse News

by Anthony Weston

For the emerging farm operation we need water! Accordingly, we drilled a well this spring — 350 feet down — and since then have been assembling the pumping and water storage system and the pumphouse that will house it all and grace our land as well. 

Early on we decided to run the water system entirely on solar panels – we’re an ecovillage, after all – and Jeffry has been hard at work wiring them in and plumbing the water system. As of 4:44 pm on July 20th, the system went live!!! One pump pulls fresh cold pure water out of our 350-ft well and into the storage tank; the other pumps the water from the storage tank into a smaller pressure tank that then feeds the irrigation hoses at the proper pressure. Solar panels run the first pump when the sun’s out and charge the batteries that run the second pump on demand. Sound like complicated wiring? It was! Jeffry claims to be neither electrician or plumber, but you’d never guess from the results. Of course, since then it’s mostly been raining, but still, water is ready to go.

Meanwhile a new pumphouse is taking shape alongside the 1500-gallon water storage tank.  The foundation with its low masonry wall as well as the floor are built entirely out of salvaged chunks of concrete from driveway or sidewalk tear-outs around Durham (lots of heavy lifting!) with some facing stone found in Hart’s Mill’s own fields and woods. I’ve topped off the masonry wall  in front with a nice wide bench for people to sit under the wide-overhanging roof and look out at the land. Come check it out!

Framing has progressed far enough that the outline of the structure has clearly emerged. We’re about to move into slip-straw construction on the rest of the walls — please watch for notices of special workdays and workshops in September as we experiment with this earth-building technique with the help of Greg Allen, our cob guru. Eventually there will also be a produce-washing sink area near the tank, and an outdoor shower around the back – yes, a full-service pumphouse! 

By the way, if anyone has any (or access to any) interesting yard sculpture (big colorful heron statue, say, or a water goddess – donations warmly contemplated), please be in touch with me – I might try one suitable statue for the top of the roof… we’ll see. 

Many hands have pitched in at times: Paul, Virginia, Victoria, Amy, Ruthie, and Kenny. Our intern Jess and an old student and friend of mine, Nate, are shown hard at work in this photo. Randy is donating slip and some roofing left over from Cob Haven. Thanks to you all! Anyone who’d like to join in the building effort, please be in touch -– there’s lots more to do!

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Amazing August Calendar, and July Highlights

Indian pipe, McGowan Creek trail

JULY HIGHLIGHTS
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  • We have a fully functioning solar-powered well pump!  Thanks to Jeffry’s hard work, acquired engineering skills, and much ingenuity and problem-solving, we now can pump water from the well into a 1500-gallon Cistern and along drip lines into the farm field.  This is a major accomplishment!  Anthony is hard at work master-minding and building a one-of-a-kind pump house.  Come to the land and take a look!
  • Thanks to Membership & Marketing, Hart’s Mill had a presence at the Festival for the Eno on July 4&7.  Marilyn and Victoria prepared a “seed bomb” activity to enable kids to take home and plant a clay ball infused with milkweed seeds.  Margret provided “eye candy”—beautiful greeting cards that she has produced with her own exquisite artwork—and they made an enticing display.    It was a great opportunity to get the word out about our Ecovillage, network with other communities in the area, and talk with many interesting—and interested!—people.  Special thanks to Amy for coordinating this even
  • The Governance & Training Circle Last Saturday:  Three communities gathered in circle at Hart’s Nest to look closely at Hart’s Mill adopted Conflict Policy and the top-secret attitudes, approaches, and facilitation hints that make it work. Thank you to Blue Heron and Elderberry for joining us as we all shared our successes and failures in community living. Special thanks to Joe Cole and Maria Silvia for collaborating with Governance & Training in this offer to the larger community.

AUGUST, 2018, CALENDAR
Note: All events are open to everyone unless noted otherwise, and Zoom teleconferencing is also available for Circle meetings—but RSVP is necessary! 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 6:30-9:00pm
Membership & Marketing Circle
Chapel Hill
RSVP Joe: drjoecole@gmail.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 9:00am-2pm
Work Day on the land
We’ll gather at 9am at the Pavillion.  A major project will be cleaning up our Frazier Rd. entrance.  This involves come mowing and weeding, clearing the roadsides with weed whackers and loppers, and some gate mending.  Other possible work projects include further pump house construction, trail maintenance, pasture mowing, and trash removal.  work will end about 1pm, when we will gather at the Pavillion for lunch.  Bring some food to share!  We’ll conclude about 2pm.  In addition: Tours for new members and other people who want to see the land in more depth start at 11am at the Pavillion (RSVP required to Paul: voss@hawkweed.net)  Anthony will coordinate a camping option the night before (Saturday night to Sunday morning) for folks who are intersted (contact Anthony for details: weston@elon.edu)

RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2:00-4:00pm
Land Stewardship Circle
Mebane
RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
Via Zoom Teleconference—RSVP for link
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 6:30-9:00pm
Financial & Legal Circle
Mebane
RSVP Geri: glaplaca@earthlink.net

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 6:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
This is a dinner meeting.  Open to PDD members only.  Location TBA
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

THIRD THURSDAY, AUGUST 16, 7:00-9:30-ish pm
Potluck and Sharing Circle
Mebane
***Child Care available upon request***
We’ll eat together (potluck) while we sit in a Sharing Circle -a bit more informal than the ones we’ve done in the past. While still honoring Talking Stick and No-crosstalk protocol, this sharing will have no topic attached, latecomers are welcome, and we’ll eat while we talk (OK -not exactly at the same time). RSVP María: mariastawsky@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 7:00-8:30 pm
Compassionate Connection, presented by HM Member, Marilyn Grubbs, and Farrunnissa Rosa
Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Education and practice session in the body of work developed by Marshall Rosenberg, originally called Non-violent Communication (NVC).  $10 suggested donation.
RSVP Marilyn: marilyngrubbs@gmail.com

THURSDAY, AUGUST 23
General Circle Meeting
Mebane
Potluck: 6:00-ish
Meeting: 7:00-9:30 pm
RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com
***Child Care available upon request***

LAST SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 3:00-6:00PM
Q&A session on All Things Hart’s Mill —Presented by the Membership & Marketing Circle
Mebane
RSVP for details: María Silvia at mariastawsky@gmail.com
***Childcare & overnight accommodations available upon request***
Especially targeted for our newest members and for those of you who are curious about Hart’s Mill, come and ask your questions! Representatives from our Functional Circles will share what they know well and what they are learning, as Hart’s Mill becomes the reality we are trying to manifest. For fun, later that night we’ll go DANCING, 10:00pm, Tandem Restaurant (Carrboro). 70’s to today’s music. A hoot!  Free admission.  Please join us for this part even if you cannot attend the Q&A. We’d love to chill and goof around with you!  

LAST SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 7:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
Via Zoom Teleconference—RSVP for link
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 4:00-6:00pm
Governance & Training Circle
Mebane
RSVP Maria: mariastawsky@gmail.com
***Child Care available upon request***

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 (eve.)—MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Labor Day Work Camp
Hart’s Mill land
Meet on Friday evening to camp out, ready to get going on Saturday and Sunday from 9-1.  Camp out Saturday night, too!  You are welcome to attend all or a part of this event.
RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

*Save the Date* SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 3-6pm
Hart’s Nest Birthday and Autumnal Equinox Celebration
Mebane
Stay tuned for details!

LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST TO EXPAND YOUR SOCIAL/CULTURAL HORIZONS
You are encouraged to submit events for next month’s update that align with Hart’s Mill’s vision, mission, and aims.  Send them by the 25th of the month to Hope at hopematrix@fastmail.com.

RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE TRAINING, sponsored by Organizing Against Racism (OAR)
We strongly recommend these 2-day trainings as a way to begin a shared conversation about racism and social/environmental justice at Hart’s Mill.  Click here to read Geri’s post about attending Phase 1 on January 23rd. They fill up fast!  Check the OAR website(OARalliance.org) for details and registration for these upcoming workshops and more:

  • August 4-5, YOUTH REI Phase 1, Chapel Hill
  • August 6-7, Phase 1, Durham
  • August 4-5, YOUTH REI Phase 1, Durham
  • August 18-19, Phase II, Raleigh
  • September 10-11, Phase 1, Chapel Hill
  • September 14-15, Phase 1, Durham
  • Sepbember 27-28, Phase 1, Raleigh

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 7PM 
Life Design Weekend
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
CLARIFY YOUR PURPOSE: Do you long for a future that inspires you? Are you stuck, confused or curious about your next steps? Would you like to learn best practices for self-organization, motivation, and direction? Discover the tools to turn your dreams into action. This is a weekend experience that will inspire and catalyze your next steps in life. Create a clear vision of what kind of life you want to create going forward. Learn practical, hands-on strategies that help you to envision life in a fresh new way. Discover your unique expression and purpose in life. Gain insight into the patterns and meanings behind your life experiences. Define personal needs and values that will help to create new potential pathways for your future.
Learn More >>

DOING OUR OWN WORK: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People
Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South
Part 1: September 6, 7, 8, 9 – Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, NC
Part 2: October 11, 12, 13, 14 – Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Thurs. evening, 9-5 on Friday, 9-5 on Saturday, and 1-5:00 Sunday afternoon
Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting white privilege and challenging racism in all its forms. Offering more than 40 hours of “class time,” Doing Our Own Work equips participants with the analysis, skills, and tools needed to be more effective anti-racist allies. By limiting enrollment to 16 people, this seminar provides a context for in-depth reflection, learning and dialogue as participants work to deepen their knowledge of systemic racism, offer each other support and accountability, grow beyond shame and guilt, and practice the skills of interrupting racism.
Leader: Melanie Morrison
Cost: $475. Scholarships available. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

 

 

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Seed Bombs at the Eno!

by Marilyn Grubbs 
 
Hart’s Mill joined the crowds at this year’s Festival for the Eno, on July 4th and 7th at Durham’s West Point on the Eno. A number of our members helped out at a Hart’s Mill booth, greeting a steady stream of passersby and leading our “Seed Bomb” activity for children.  Kids took balls  of clay from our land and packed them with milkweed seeds, many of which also came from our land.  Then, we invited the children to take them home and plant them in their yards.  We explained the important connection between milkweed plants and monarch butterflies. (Actually, most of the children already knew about this connection. Do you? If not, check out www.MonarchWatch.org!)  Hopefully, we helped to provide a few more habitats for those monarchs at the homes of the children who visited our booth.
 
We greeted adult festival-goers with information about Hart’s Mill’s current activities and future plans. This proved to be a perfect place to find like-minded folks who were enthusiastic to learn about us, and perhaps to join us in the future. We also had some of Margret Mueller’s gorgeous note cards for sale. In addition, we were able to network with people from other nonprofit organizations such as animal rescue groups, other intentional communities, and (my personal favorite) a nonprofit dedicated to promoting electric vehicles. To top it off, there was plenty of live music and wonderful food.
 
Hart’s Millers who braved the heat on July 4th included Amy Halberstadt, Anthony Weston, Bailey, Gaius, and Virginia.  On the blessedly cool and overcast July 7th, Amy and Anthony returned along with Marilyn, Richard, Victoria, and Virginia.  Amy procured the booth for us, and she and Anthony did the heavy lifting (literally!) of  setting up the canopy, tables, seed bomb supplies, and so forth beforehand and taking them down afterwards.
 
 Thanks to everyone who helped! The consensus was that this sort of festival is a fun and productive way to get the word out about Hart’s Mill. Since the season of festivals is in full swing, if you know of one that you think we should attend, let us know!
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Community, the Next Frontier: Membership, Racial Equity, and Cooperation at Hart’s Mill

by Joe Cole

“Community is not a place, but a way of life.”  –Herbert Lovett

On June 30, the Membership and Marketing Circle hosted a Last Saturday event to provide an overview of the work of the circle.   We discussed issues in membership, explored our work addressing racism and racial equity, and offered a forum for small-group processing.  We also worked on building collaborative skill and strengthening community bonds.

We began with the question: “What are we doing as a community, and why aren’t we done yet?”  Part of the answer is that we are immersed in a project of Culture Change, and the work of creating Collaborative Culture is never complete.  As we plan and develop an Ecovillage, we seek to deepen our own capacities for cooperation, sustainable living, and social justice.  To support those goals, we have a membership process with multiple levels that provides members and the community opportunities to check how we are doing and how good of a fit we might be together in the journey ahead.

Over the past year, we as a community have learned more about who we are and what we are looking for: we are committed to creating an Ecovillage, and we are looking for people who are willing to work collaboratively, live sustainably, and learn together along the way.  Membership and Marketing has focused on recruiting and supporting members, clarifying policies and levels of membership, and also building skills for collaborative work in the community.  We’ve incorporated “regenerative sustainability” into our mission, which signals a deeper commitment to living sustainability in ways that heal, restore, and enrich the land and the larger ecosystems and social systems in which we live.

During the gathering, we asked those present about their experience in the membership process, whether anything has been holding them back, and what they needed to move forward in membership at Hart’s Mill.  Some folks are moving slowly in membership, while others are just starting out, and some have been advancing at a steady pace.  Creating an Ecovillage requires a lot of work, and some of us occasionally feel daunted at the immensity of the task.  Others are very interested in the community, but have a partner who is not as keen.  Some members spoke of the challenges of balancing work, family, and participation in the community development process.  Others wanted to know more specific details about what the community would look like and how much it would cost to live there before they felt comfortable committing to the membership process.

We also asked for input and suggestions that might aid Hart’s Mill in attracting members more effectively.  Attendees brainstormed a lot of good ideas: community participation in events like the Eno River Festival, finding more places to post flyers, expanding our online and social media presence, looking west of the Triangle towards Burlington and Greensboro for recruiting members, soliciting news and journal articles about the community, nurturing relationships with those who have already shown interest, and crafting our marketing message to clarify who we want to attract and who would be a good fit for our community.  We had a few visitors from other local communities who spoke about how much it has helped their communities to have expert consultants guide them and shape their vision and approach to development.

In the second half of the afternoon, we talked about the community’s commitment to Diversity and Racial Equity.  Why does this matter at Hart’s Mill, and what are we doing?  Amy spoke from the heart about the urgency of addressing racism in our society, our community, and ourselves, and she talked about how this work is needed to address injustices and also heal ourselves and our relationships in the wider world.  While we are still a mostly white community, we are working on understanding racism and striving for racial equity.  Several members have taken the weekend trainings on Anti-Racism work through the Racial Equity Institute, and Hart’s Mill has also co-hosted an educational session with Standing Up for Racial Justice.  Some Hart’s Mill members participated in the Hate Free Schools Coalition, which worked over a year to persuade the Orange County School Board to ban displays of the Confederate Flag in public schools.  In addition to diversifying our membership, our goals include supporting racial equity work in the broader community around us.

Next, we paired up and discussed what the issues of race, racism, and racial equity bring up for us, and also how people are feeling about Hart’s Mill’s approach to racism and racial equity so far.  Members shared their thoughts about both the importance and the challenges of working on racial equity and deepening our awareness of racism in our community, our society, and our everyday lives.

We also asked participants how we as a community can keep fostering racial diversity and racial equity.  Members offered ideas for expanding diversity and equity within Hart’s Mill and also in the broader community.  As a mostly white group, it may be difficult for people of color to join, and yet Hart’s Mill can still work for racial equity and social justice by increasing our own understanding of racism and by cultivating relationships with people and organizations who are working on these issues.  We strongly recommend racial equity trainings for all who are interested in Hart’s Mill.

To prepare for the discussion on racism and racial equity, we recommended a list of short readings.  Please take the time to check these articles out (links provided to pdf files on our website):

We closed the afternoon by distributing commitment cards to invite people to name how they would like to contribute going forward.  Folks volunteered for website maintenance, social media support, distributing materials and flyers, and participating in Membership and Marketing Circle meetings (first Thursday of every month).  After the gathering, a couple of people decided to move up to the next level of membership!

One of our jobs in Membership and Marketing Circle is to nurture community bonds, and we are glad this Last Saturday gathering brought people together to get to know one another and explore the joys and challenges of membership at Hart’s Mill Ecovillage

Please contact us and let us know how you would like to contribute to the growth and development of our membership at Hart’s Mill.   The Membership & Marketing Circle would love to have you come visit!  We meet the first Thursday of every month–check out the monthly calendar for information and to RSVP.  

 

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JUBILANT JULY 2018 CALENDAR and June Highlights

White milkweed, HM wetlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE HIGHLIGHTS
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  • Head’s up!  Tomorrow’s June 30, work day dawns from 9-1.  Pitch in on a plethora or projects and then come over to the Nest for the Last Saturday Membership and Marketing workshop from 3-6pm at Hart’s Nest.  You’ll learn a lot about our membership process and how you fit into the Hart’s Mill picture. Then we’ll shift the conversation to an exploration of diversity and racial equity—key priorities for our community.   Won’t you join us? There’s still time to RSVP: Amy_Halberstadt@ncsu.edu
  • We have an intern for the summer!   Jess Pusch is a student at Elon University majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She brings many skills and loads of passion for our vision and mission.   You’ll see Jess working on the land and at Circle meetings and events. We are so grateful that she has chosen to offer her time and talents to Hart’s Mill Ecovillage!
  • Anthony and Jeffry continue to mastermind–and labor to build–a pump house and an irrigation system for the farm. Anthony is brushing up his stonemason skills by crafting a circular enclosure. Jeffry is working on the mechanics, rigging up a solar-powered pump and other ingenious devices to get the water flowing.   They’ve had a lot of help, too, on work days and in-between. Thanks to everyone who is pitching in—keep showing up!
  • In the interests of getting started on tending to our forests, Randy contacted Mountain Works Sustainable Development in Boone, NC. He was intrigued by their approach to forest management which includes horse logging.   And they were intrigued enough by Hart’s Mill’s vision and mission that Ian and Brett came to visit for the day, walking the land and spending the night at Hart’s Nest. We made a good connection with this synergistic group and look forward to an evolving relationship.
  • Governance & Training Circle offered advanced training for our leadership to provide education and support for our extremely busy team. 
  • Our Summer Solstice Third Thursday evening opened with a duo juggling act and concluded with a play reading of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights dream. It was a hoot! Read all about it here.

 JULY, 2018, CALENDAR
Note: Our Functional Circle ongoing meeting schedule has changed significantly.  Review the calendar carefully.  New members and observers are welcome—please RSVP! 
Please note: the July 8th birthday party for Hart’s Nest has been postponed to September 22. Save the date!

JUNE 1-JULY 31
Exhibition of Botanical Art by Margret Mueller
The Museum of Life and Science, Durham
Watercolor paintings by HM member Margret Mueller will be on display during all of June and July in the gallery space at the entrance to the butterfly House. Margret will donate 10% of all sales to the museum.

 SUNDAY, JULY 1, 3:00-4:30pm
Land Stewardship Circle
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 10am to 2pm
SATURDAY, July 7, 2pm to 6pm  (+ tear-down)
Festival for the Eno
Come help us get the word out about Hart’s Mill Ecovillage!   We’ll have a table set up and will be making “seed bombs” with kids to take home and spread the milkweed magic.   The festival includes arts, crafts, food, and entertainment galore. We’re looking for folks to take 2-hour or 4-hour slots and then you’ll be free to enjoy the festival for the rest of the time!  Some free tickets are available.
CONTACT AMY as soon as possible: Amy_Halberstadt@ncsu.edu

THURSDAY, JULY 5, 6:30-9:00pm
Membership & Marketing Circle
Amy/Anthony home, 2702 Spencer St., Durham
RSVP Amy: Amy_Halberstadt@ncsu.edu

*POSTPONED* SUNDAY, JULY 8
Hart’s Nest Birthday Party
Save the date: September 22nd (Fall Equinox)
RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 7:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
Via Zoom Teleconference—RSVP for link
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

THURSDAY, JULY 12, 6:30-9:00pm
Financial & Legal Circle, 6:30-9:00pm
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
RSVP Paul: voss@hawkweed.net

FRIDAY, JULY 13, 3:00-5:00pm
Governance & Training Circle
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 7:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
This is a dinner meeting.  Open to PDD members only.   Location TBA
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

THIRD THURSDAY, JULY 19, 7:00-9:00-ish pm
*CHANGED*  Star Night on the land..Well, actually Solar System night: it’ll be the Moon and possibly all five visible planets (Mars only visible after about 10, Mercury at dusk hopefully). Jeffry may bring his telescope too. However, Star Night is assuming that the night is clear enough, and right now the forecast is 50% cloud cover, which might or might to be OK depending on if it is just generally hazy or if the clouds kinda pass through. We’ll just have to wait and see! If you are interested, an RSVP would be nice, but in any case call me at dusk before coming: 919-353-8218. Bring flashlight. Park in the regular parking area and walk over towards the farm fields. RSVP to Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 7:00-8:30 pm
Compassionate Connection, presented by HM Member, Marilyn Grubbs, and Farrunnissa Rosa
Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Education and practice session in the body of work developed by Marshall Rosenberg, originally called Non-violent Communication (NVC).  $10 suggested donation.
RSVP Marilyn: marilyngrubbs@gmail.com

THURSDAY, JULY 26
General Circle Meeting
Amy/Anthony home, 2702 Spencer St., Durham
Vegetarian potluck: 6:00-ish
Meeting: 7:00-9:30 pm
RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com

LAST SATURDAY, JULY 28, 3:00-6:00PM
Dancing with ConflictPresented by the Governance & Training Circle
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
CONFLICT is a natural part of being human. It’s not only unavoidable, but somewhat desirable. (What!?!?!?) Please join us as we all polish our skills together so that when conflict shows its face, we know how to say “Welcome!” For fun, later that night we’ll go DANCING (actual dancing!), 10:00pm, Tandem Restaurant (Carrboro). 70’s to today’s music. A hoot! Free admission. Please join us for this part even if you cannot attend the workshop. We’d love to chill and goof around with you! If you’d like overnight accommodations, please talk to María.
Please RSVP to Maria, so that we can set a comfortable space for all: mariastawsky@gmail.com

LAST SUNDAY, JULY 29, 6:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
Via Zoom Teleconference—RSVP for link
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 9:00am-1pm
Work Day on the land
Stay tuned for more details on what’s popping and hopping.
RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 (eve.)—MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
Labor Day Work Camp
Meet on Friday evening to camp out, ready to get going on Saturday and Sunday from 9-1. Camp out Saturday night, too! You are welcome to attend all or a part of this event.
RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST TO EXPAND YOUR SOCIAL/CULTURAL HORIZONS
You are encouraged to submit events for next month’s update that align with Hart’s Mill’s vision, mission, and aims.  Send them by the 25th of the month to Hope at hopematrix@fastmail.com.
 
RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE TRAINING, sponsored by Organizing Against Racism (OAR)
We strongly recommend these 2-day trainings as a way to begin a shared conversation about racism and social/environmental justice at Hart’s Mill.  Click here to read Geri’s post about attending Phase 1 on January 23rd. They fill up fast!  Check the OAR website (OARalliance.org) for details and registration for these upcoming workshops and more:

  • July 13-14, Phase 1, Northern Orange County
  • July 16-17, YOUTH REI Phase 1, Durham
  • July 20-21, YOUTH REI Phase 1, Raleigh

 
TUESDAY, JULY 10 & 24, 9:00am-3pm
The Elderhood Journey
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
A SERIES GUIDED BY CAROLYN TOBEN & MIKE MCLEOD: Calling Elders, and people of all ages who are interested in the powerful role of elders in community! As a group we will discover new horizons for how to live more aware in the latter third of life. We are reimagining a special role in our community and we are exploring what the inspiration of elderhood is asking of each of us. We each have some of the answers that we need at this time in the world, and through this collective journey, we will bring them together. This is an invitation to participate in an exploration of conscious aging, engage in a community building process, and explore what it means to be an elder.
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FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 7PM 
Life Design Weekend
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
CLARIFY YOUR PURPOSE: Do you long for a future that inspires you? Are you stuck, confused or curious about your next steps? Would you like to learn best practices for self-organization, motivation, and direction? Discover the tools to turn your dreams into action. This is a weekend experience that will inspire and catalyze your next steps in life. Create a clear vision of what kind of life you want to create going forward. Learn practical, hands-on strategies that help you to envision life in a fresh new way. Discover your unique expression and purpose in life. Gain insight into the patterns and meanings behind your life experiences. Define personal needs and values that will help to create new potential pathways for your future.
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DOING OUR OWN WORK: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People
Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South
Part 1: September 6, 7, 8, 9 – Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, NC
Part 2: October 11, 12, 13, 14 – Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Thurs. evening, 9-5 on Friday, 9-5 on Saturday, and 1-5:00 Sunday afternoon
Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting white privilege and challenging racism in all its forms. Offering more than 40 hours of “class time,” Doing Our Own Work equips participants with the analysis, skills, and tools needed to be more effective anti-racist allies. By limiting enrollment to 16 people, this seminar provides a context for in-depth reflection, learning and dialogue as participants work to deepen their knowledge of systemic racism, offer each other support and accountability, grow beyond shame and guilt, and practice the skills of interrupting racism.
Leader: Melanie Morrison
Cost: $475. Scholarships available. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

 

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What Fools These Mortals Be! Midsummer Frolics at Hart’s Mill

by Hope Horton

Our June 21 Third Thursday event fell on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.  About 2 dozen people arrived at Hart’s Nest to celebrate the abundance of summer with food, juggling, music, and playmaking.  Though the rain held off, the air was thick with steamy heat.  Victuals sizzled on the grill.   Two jugglers—Felipe and Tain—joined forces with a spellbinding performance, culminating in a fire-y finale with flying torches. 

We gathered inside around a table laden with fresh and tasty potluck fare, some of it grown on the Hart’s Mill land.   As dusk began to approach, it was time for the enchantments to begin!  Anthony and Amy have a long-standing tradition of offering a reading Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on this day.  On this occasion, Anthony found a shorter version for us to enact so that the evening might end at a reasonable hour. 

With a flourish on his trombone kazoo, Anthony introduced the play and revealed the characters—nobles, fairies, lovers, and “rude mechanicals”—and each found a willing impersonator in the assembly.  Costumes were hastily concocted out of colorful shawls, fascinators, and baubles brought along by Amy, Marilyn, and Victoria.  With a pinch of fairy dust supplied by Puck, we were ready to entertain each other with bewichments.  The best laid plans of kings and queens quickly went awry and the mischief commenced. 

It was hilarious!  Can’t wait to do it again next year… 

 

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June Calendar of Events and May Highlights

Baby box turtle, HM wetlands

JUNE 2018 CALENDAR and May Highlights

MAY HIGHLIGHTS
Activity and interest in Hart’s Mill swelled with the rains and burgeoned alongside greening plants and newborn creatures. So much goodness is sprouting, paths converging, relationships strengthening. Here are but a few of the fertile stories from the past month:

  • Our development team welcomed Jonathan Lucas of What on Earth Architectureto visit the land and grasp the depth and breadth of the Hart’s Mill vision and aims. We’re now awaiting sketches that will outwork and illuminate our principles and intentions through harmonious home designs.
  • The Financial & Legal team intrigued 28 people at Hart’s Nest with an overview of the economic infrastructure needed to undergird our community’s development.           How can we finance the dream of the regenerative, creative community that we’ve been carefully creating for 10 years and that wants to manifest now? We’re so grateful for all who cogently presented and for all who showed up for this crucial conversation. We also made significant progress towards our goal of raising $150K by autumn to complete our pre-development activities. Read a more detailed account with a link to presentation slides in our blog.
  • The Governance & Training Circle offered our bi-annual introduction to culture change through cooperative skills development and sociocracy.           It was a powerful experience of building awareness and skills to move from competitive to collaborative community living at Hart’s Mill. SAVE THE DATE for the next training, October 12-13 (Friday evening, Saturday morning). 
  • The Cob Haven maven, Greg Allen, welcomed a group of us to visit his Mud Dauber School campus in Snowcamp. We are so fortunate to have a local expert in the science, craft, and art of earthen building. Turns out that there are many methods and options for combining clay under our feet, straw in local fields, wood from forests, and other earth-friendly materials into graceful, lasting, and cozy dwellings of all sorts. We learned a lot and are very grateful to Greg for sharing his time and expertise with us.
  • Have you visited the land lately?           So many gifts emerging from the soils, winging through the skies, moving on the ground; nations of wildflowers, abundant crops, verdant pastures, flourishing wetlands, and towering trees await you. Feel free to park at Hart’s Nest and take a stroll—just give Hope or Paul a heads-up.

 JUNE, 2018, CALENDAR
Note: Our Functional Circle ongoing meeting schedule has changed significantly.  Review the calendar carefully.  New members and observers are welcome—please RSVP! 

 JUNE 1-JULY 31
Exhibition of Botanical Art by Margret Mueller
The Museum of Life and Science, Durham
Watercolor paintings by HM member Margret Mueller will be on display during all of June and July in the gallery space at the entrance to the butterfly House. Margret will donate 10% of all sales to the museum.

 SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 3:00-4:30pm
Land Stewardship Circle
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
RSVP Jeffry: seeingstarsfarm@gmail.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 6:30-9:00pm
Membership & Marketing Circle
Amy/Anthony home, 2702 Spencer St., Durham
RSVP Amy: Amy_Halberstadt@ncsu.edu

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 3:00-5:00pm
Governance & Training Circle
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 7:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
Via Zoom TeleconferenceRSVP for link
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 6:30-9:00pm
Financial & Legal Circle, 6:30-9:00pm
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
RSVP Paul: voss@hawkweed.net

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 7:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
Via Zoom TeleconferenceRSVP for link
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

THIRD THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 6:00-ish to 9:30-ish pm
*SUMMER SOLSTICE*  Midsummer comedy and frolics at the Nest!
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)  RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com
Ready for some Midsummer magic?  Come together in the gloaming of this Summer Solstice eve.  In addition to outdoor frolics, we’ll enjoy yummy food followed by a collective reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (shortened version) which will last about an hour.  This is an Anthony/Amy household tradition, and it’s a BLAST!  No need to prepare in advance and no talent required; just show up and get ready to spin this enchanting yarn together.  Want to play a role?  Got one in mind?  Let me know with your RSVP.  Invite your family and friends–there are roles for kids.  The more the merrier!
Food/drink: potluck–bring your favorite summer dish (all cuisines welcome) to pass and a beverage of your choice (you can grill something at the fire circle if you wish) 
Frolics: in addition to the play, there’s likely to be badminton and frisbees–also quite possibly juggling! Costumes and fascinators are welcome. 
It’s going to be charming, but only if you are there — see you at the Nest! 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2:00-5:00pm
Training for Our Leaders: Running Effective Meetings
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
This afternoon will include a piece on How to Run an Effective Meeting, which will be aimed at newbies and old-timers alike!
RSVP is critical to Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com

LAST SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 6:00-8:30pm
Planning, Design, and Development Circle
This is a dinner meeting.  Open to PDD members only. Location TBA
RSVP Anthony: Weston@elon.edu

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 7:00-8:30 pm
Compassionate Connection, presented by HM Member, Marilyn Grubbs, and Farrunnissa Rosa
Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Education and practice session in the body of work developed by Marshall Rosenberg, originally called Non-violent Communication (NVC).  $10 suggested donation.
RSVP Marilyn: marilyngrubbs@gmail.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 28
General Circle Meeting
Amy/Anthony home, 2702 Spencer St., Durham
Vegetarian potluck: 6:00-ish
Meeting: 7:00-9:30 pm
RSVP Hope: hopematrix@fastmail.com

LAST SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 3:00-6:00PM
Human Community: The Next Frontier
Presented by the Membership & Marketing Circle
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
The vitality and health of a community is nourished by its members.  What are the guideposts we’ve put in place to build a membership in tune with our vision to live in harmony with each other and the land?  How does our commitment to racial and environmental justice and diversity inform who we are and what we do?  What are the challenges and opportunities ahead as we seek to grow to full strength and inhabit the ecovillage?  Come and learn about how the Membership & Marketing Circle is building strong foundations for community sustainability and resilience, and discover how YOU fit in this picture.
RSVP is crucial to Amy: Amy_Halberstadt@NCSU.edu

*SAVE THE DATE* SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2018, 1:00-9:00PM
Hart’s Nest celebrates one year of cultivating community!
We’re throwing a “spa day” to rejuvenate the Nest followed by a party to honor all that she has made possible for our growing community.         Details to follow soon!

LOCAL EVENTS OF INTEREST TO EXPAND YOUR SOCIAL/CULTURAL HORIZONS
You are encouraged to submit events for next month’s update that align with Hart’s Mill’s vision, mission, and aims.  Send them by the 25th of the month to Hope at hopematrix@fastmail.com.

 RACIAL EQUITY INSTITUTE TRAINING, sponsored by Organizing Against Racism (OAR)
We strongly recommend these 2-day trainings as a way to begin a shared conversation about racism and social/environmental justice at Hart’s Mill.  Click here to read Geri’s post about attending Phase 1 on January 23rd. They fill up fast!  Check the OAR website(OARalliance.org) for details and registration for these upcoming workshops and more:

  • June 15-16, Phase 1, Moncure
  • June 21-22, Phase 1, Durham

 SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 9:00AM-12:30PM
Earth’s Turn Community Work Day
2119 Doe Run Rd., Mebane
Come out and support our sister community right down the road. Projects include harvesting potatoes, pulling tires and metal out of the woods, and starting a permaculture rain garden.  Come for as short or as long as you like.
Contact Tami at tamitw@earthlink.net, 314-604-5736

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 10AM-12PM
Maya/Sufi Journey
Hart’s Nest, 1625 Ben Jones Dr., Mebane, NC 27302 (one-way road; drive SLOWLY)
Join Sofianna (Sue-Anne) for a Maya/Sufi journey. You will learn about the Sacred Mayan spiritual calendar, the Tzolkin, and the 20 Nawales, which are the guiding energies for each day, and how to integrate them into your spiritual path. We will also integrate some Sufi wisdom and practices with this Maya wisdom. After the workshop you are free to enjoy the grounds at Hart’s Mill. There is no cost for this, but a donation will be gladly accepted. For more information email Sofianna at beauxzoe1@gmail.com.
RSVP to Hart’s Mill co-sponsor Marilyn Grubbs: marilyngrubbs@gmail.com for directions or information about the venue.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 10AM 
Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Does your heart open while you’re outside with children? Would you like to discover how you can follow your heart’s calling to work with children as teacher, parent, or counselor? Do you want to develop the skills to inspire natural curiosity and wonder in the people around you? We have created a 4-day training program to empower you to take the next steps in the heartfelt path of teaching and learning. The Heart-Based Environmental Educators Training also qualifies for 20 hours of Criteria II towards the NC Environmental Education Certification. 
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 FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 6-9pm
Triangle Traditional Music and Dance Retirement Society
Community Church of Chapel Hill
We will be presenting the key elements in our roadmap for the creation of our community.  Info at dancingintoretirementnc.org

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 9AM 
The Elderhood Journey
Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain, 8519 Pickards Meadow Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
A SERIES GUIDED BY CAROLYN TOBEN & MIKE MCLEOD: Calling Elders, and people of all ages who are interested in the powerful role of elders in community! As a group we will discover new horizons for how to live more aware in the latter third of life. We are reimagining a special role in our community and we are exploring what the inspiration of elderhood is asking of each of us. We each have some of the answers that we need at this time in the world, and through this collective journey, we will bring them together. This is an invitation to participate in an exploration of conscious aging, engage in a community building process, and explore what it means to be an elder.
Learn More >>

DOING OUR OWN WORK: An Anti-Racism Seminar for White People
Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South
Part 1: September 6, 7, 8, 9 – Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Durham, NC
Part 2: October 11, 12, 13, 14 – Trinity Ave Presbyterian Church, Durham, NC
Thurs. evening, 9-5 on Friday, 9-5 on Saturday, and 1-5:00 Sunday afternoon
Doing Our Own Work is an intensive seminar for white people who seek to deepen their commitment to confronting white privilege and challenging racism in all its forms. Offering more than 40 hours of “class time,” Doing Our Own Work equips participants with the analysis, skills, and tools needed to be more effective anti-racist allies. By limiting enrollment to 16 people, this seminar provides a context for in-depth reflection, learning and dialogue as participants work to deepen their knowledge of systemic racism, offer each other support and accountability, grow beyond shame and guilt, and practice the skills of interrupting racism.
Leader: Melanie Morrison
Cost: $475. Scholarships available. Click HERE to register.
Contact: RCWMS, 919-683-1236, rcwmsnc@aol.com

 

 

 

 
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Talkin’ Trash, Kickin’ Grass, and Other Workday Adventures

by Margret and Jeffry, photos by Joe and Jeffry

We took advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend to split this month’s work into two days. On Saturday morning Virginia “Tractor Queen” Petrocella spent a heroic four hours getting us further along on mowing the western pasture. Meanwhile, Jeffry, Paul, and Anthony, plus Tara, Rick, 4-year-old son John Michael, George, Donna, Bryan and Maple did trail trimming followed by work on the pumphouse. Randy did beehive maintenance, and he reports that both new hives are looking good. The work ended with a 1 o’clock lunch, after which folks got cleaned up and gathered at Hart’s Nest for the long-awaited Finance and Legal Circle presentation (read about it here). 

  

Anthony and Victoria camped on the land on Saturday night and were ready to resume work on a Sunday morning after weathering the wee-hour thunderstorms!  They were joined by Jeffry, Virginia, and Paul for clearing part of the dam, resuming pump house work by building a a platform for the 1550-gallon storage tank, and loading last month’s collection of trash and recycling onto a trailer for delivery to the High Rock Road Waste and Recycling Center.  Meanwhile, Margret finished mowing the western pasture while Joe and Maria continued with trail maintenance.  Whew! 

It was wonderful to see so many new and returning faces!  “Hartfelt” thanks to everyone for a very productive and successful Memorial Day Workcamp.

  

 
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MONEY: Investing in Our Values

by Paul Voss

 

Last Saturday, 28 Hart’s Mill members and friends gathered bravely at Hart’s Nest to talk about the role and meaning of money in the context of our evolving intentional community.

Under the guidance of members of the Hart’s Mill Financial/Legal Circle, presentations and discussions focused on (1) the inner workings of the financial and legal life of both the Hart’s Mill Ecovillage and the Hart’s Mill, LLC (Limited Liability Company), (2) a detailed summary of where our money comes from and how it’s responsibly spent, (3) how these topics relate to our anticipated home ownership model – a limited-equity housing cooperative 

model, and (4) avenues for Hart’s Mill members to deepen their involvement with the community, including how they can become part-owners of the project by investing in the Hart’s Mill, LLC.  To see the presentation slides, click here.

A closing “commitment round” resulted in generous pledges of more than one-third of our $150K predevelopment fund-raising goal.  What a wonderful afternoon!

Included in the discussions were many personal expressions of how the vision and practice of Hart’s Mill calls to our hearts and expresses our values.  In the face of deepening national crises (including diminishing affordable housing, widening income and wealth disparities, shamefully stubborn social, racial, and environmental injustices, urban/rural inequities, and disgracefully broken governmental institutions), Hart’s Mill is resolved, through our farm and community practices, to be an agent in moving forward an agenda of deep and meaningful cultural change.

How we organize our financial and legal affairs is but one piece of a larger agenda of voluntary joyful community life as we do our small bit to meaningfully address issues from the personal to the planetary.

  

 

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