Seats of Hay, Walls of Stone, and Gifts of Love
This Saturday’s workday started out with all of the volunteers huddling up into a large circle. Ready for a day of work mixed with fun, once in this circle we divided up the day’s tasks. Groups for weeding, harvesting, sign making, and more were formed, with each volunteer splitting off into the group that interested them most.
While many of the groups worked quietly, harvesting plants or pulling weeds, one group was not quite so mellow. This group was the construction group, lead up by Damon. They spent the day shoveling, sawing, measuring, and moving rocks. And their effort paid off. By the time the day was done, this group had constructed the farm’s very own fortified wall! Well… fortified path might be a more accurate description. Out of salvaged rubble and an old wooden beam, Damon & Co. constructed a small wall that now blocks off and stabilizes the farm’s newest path.
While Damon and his helpers were busy with construction, another group was working to pull hay bails up the farm’s hill to make additional seating in farm’s the group meeting area. Now, thanks to their hard work, the seating available at the farm has greatly expanded (not to mention the enjoyable country-farm-like-vibe that the hay bails add).
While the farm was able to give away a great deal of produce today, the love of the volunteers that filled it gave the farm much more than it could possibly give away. It is this love, that manifests itself in forms as diverse from fortified walls to beautiful, peaceful presences, which makes me certain that the farm will continue to thrive for a long time to come.