What a Concept! Update on Architecture

by Anthony Weston
 
Our Architect, Jonathan Lucas of What On Earth Architecture, has taken PDD – the Planning, Design, and Development Circle – through a systematic process to develop the designs for our residences. it’s time for a progress report on developments so far. 
 
With Jonathan’s guidance, we worked out specific Design Goals for the village generally and for two types of residences in particular. We chose to work first with a 2-bedroom house with an attached 2-room suite and also a Shared house with 4, 1-room suites. (if you need a reminder about the “Building Block” plan with suites, check out this blog post from April.) There will be other types of residence as well – these two may not even be the most common types – but we picked these two as prototypes because they are fairly different in a variety of ways but between them should allow us to sort out basic design issues for all of the residences.
 
The next step was Concept Design for those two types of residences: not all the way to an actual floor plan, but a layout of the relative sizes and interconnections of the rooms, to insure that everything works and flows as hoped. So… below are the Concept Designs we are working with.   Comments and questions are welcome to Anthony at weston@elon.edu. 
 
The really exciting bit comes next: Schematic Design — actual floor plans and elevations (drawings of the buildings as they will look from the outside). Indeed PDD is now working through the first Schematic Designs for the Shared House, and will circulate these shortly too. Speaking of which… all members interested in architecture should also take note of the October Last Saturday event, October 27th 3-6 pm, where we will share our architectural program and progress in detail. Please come!  RSVP to Anthony: weston@elon.edu.
 
Start imagining living in these spaces!  KEY: Blue codes for private areas; yellow for common areas; brown is transitional space; green is attached outdoor space (porches).
 
2-bedroom with 2-room suite.  Click here for larger image.
 
 
 
Shared house with 4, 1-bedroom suites.  Click here for larger image.
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Pumphouse Drama

By Anthony Weston

As all assiduous readers of this blog will know, in early September we had a dedicated workday/workshop to raise the slipstraw walls of the pumphouse. Terry, Joe, Randy, Amy, Sean, and me, all of us led by NC’s cob guru and HM advisor, Greg Allen, got ourselves thoroughly clay-covered and all literally had a hand in the building of walls between the frame structure that I have been patiently assembling with the help of others — most recently George. You can see the first steps — some cob beginnings, and some of the forms for the first layer of slipstraw, basically straw coated with a thin film of clay — in the first photo. 

But then did the wall go up! By the end of the day, Greg had begun plastering and the walls were close to the top. Check out the second photo. It’s going to be beautiful! 

We quit just in time for Anthony and Amy to finish packing up before rains came — in fact we just slipped in this workday before a run of rainy days. And then things really got serious, when the forecasts for Hurricane Florence called for possibly 60 mph winds and days and days of heavy rain. What to do? Slipstraw should not get very wet. Normally it’s protected by the plaster that encases it, but we’d just started and the plaster was partial and itself not yet dry. The answer you can see in there third photo: I wrapped the whole thing up and put on a layer of serious tarps, thoroughly strapped down. Greg’s good advice!

In the event, Florence was not so bad. I have been able to take off the tarps and the wrapping, let it start drying out again, and am resuming work again before I head off to join Amy in Chile. In fact if anyone wants to join — helping put on the roof especially — I expect to be at it all weekend (29 and 30 September) and would welcome the help — just let me know. Regardless, though, stop by and have a look next time you are on the land. The stone bench built into the front is meant for sitting — give it a try!

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 SWE-E-E-E-E-E-T! !

 By Margret Mueller
 

Wednesday, September 19, was sweet-potato-digging day at Hart’s Mill. What began in June as    3 1/2  orderly rows of sweet-potato slips  had become a solid  blanket of tangled purple-blossomed green vines.   Here and there “volunteer” watermelon and tomato vines popped out of the mass, and bees buzzed happily around the flowers.

 

You may have noticed that we did not send out an announcement or a plea for help. It is an unfortunate aspect of small farms that many tasks occur on a “seize-the-moment” basis. We knew they needed harvesting soon, but the 6-plus inches of hurricane rain we got Sunday and Monday moved the task to the front of the line. Prospects of wet, rotting roots were all the motivation we needed!

There was no question of taking the tractor  into the muddy bed. Jeffry and I spent a good part of the very hot day using clippers (to cut vines), spading forks, and our own two hands to pull the potatoes out of the wet soil.  We spread them onto a tarp as they came out, to get a start on drying. Most of the potatoes were beautifully-shaped thanks to having an unusually sandy clay soil. 

Next we crated up the potatoes and toted all three hundred pounds of them to the container shed for curing (consisting of a week or so in dark, very warm conditions), which will be followed by cooler storage at home.

 

We grew 5 varieties.  Top-to-bottom in the photo they are Hernandez, Purple, Carolina Ruby, Mahon and a mystery variety moved from Anthony’s plot in the former community garden.  If all goes well they will eventually find themselves gently washed and for sale at the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market!

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Splendid September Calendar and August Highlights

We realize that a blog post is not the ideal place to list a long calendar of events!  So to view/download a September calendar pdf, click here.   

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amid the rain and multiplying mushrooms, work on the land and the farm continued apace in August. We’re looking forward to a Labor Day Work Camp and Fence Raising this weekend – see below for details.  Better yet, SHOW UP!  Every person who comes is a gift. 
  • You’ve been following the pumphouse progress since the well was drilled last spring. It’s now got good stone boots, a wood-frame body & hat, and we’re aiming to fill in the walls with slipstraw on September 8th, making this the second earthen-building project on the land.  This is a great opportunity for a lucky few to learn from a master – Greg Allen of the Mud Dauber school.  See below for details and registration.
  • We had a sweet Last Saturday afternoon with new members at Hart’s Nest. Leaders from all of our Circles were on hand to answer questions and share our vision, accomplishments, and challenges to come.  We welcome our new friend Jessica and new visiting member Barbara!

See you in September!

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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.
Learn More >>

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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