by Rick Stone
A lot happens every week both on the farm as well as off-site, in the wings, and behind the scenes!
In this past week, the Community Building & Events Committee, headed up by Shelly Beck with support from Andy Grant, did a walk-about on some of the farm acreage to get everybody thinking about things that could be happening on the property in addition to growing food: full moon fire circles, snowshoeing treks, building mazes.
On Wednesday, a task force met to discuss barn repairs and renovations. This powerful and generous group included Mark Snow, Greenfield’s Building Inspector; architect Peter Jeswald, engineer David Vrieland, barn expert and contractor Tom Ellsworth, and some Just Rooters.
Our staff have been busy! Hannah and Jay submitted our latest grant application to the Community Foundation of Western MA, and Jay’s been crunching numbers for a preliminary budget for FY 2012. Genevieve is putting together steps towards a Master Plan and talking to a Vermont man who might dig a well for us. Rick is exploring composting toilets, greywater, and sanicans. Andy has updated our website to this lovely new theme, and is crafting a contract for a Web-page administrator. Finally, Jessica is compiling everyone’s ideas for the organization’s February retreat.
We are negotiating a new consultant arrangement with our farmer David Paysnick, who hopes to get soil amendments spread on our fields as the ground begins to freeze deep enough for big equipment. Greenfield DPW did a massive cleanup of demolition, equipment, and materials just behind the barn.
That’s just a fraction of the good work getting done, and you’re probably doing some important work that we’ve missed! Thanks to all of you for the work you do: it is good work and all will come to fruition.