Sunday, May 14, 2006

Work-Party Weekend Was Wonderful!

About sixty adults and several children came to the Germantown Community Farm last weekend, May 5th through 7th, for two days of ground breaking farm work and one night of amazing music.

One of the most striking scenes must have been looking up, around noon, to see the CSA acre growing field full of people all working by hand with hoes, rakes, planting potatoes and lifting rocks.

Kids and adults were working under the scatteredly sunny sky and people were laughing and working with smiles on their faces.

A lot of beds in the field were made really fast that day.

Large, plentiful and delicious meals were prepared all weekend by our astoundingly talented seasonal resident.

Some friends of ours from the city almost completely finished the chicken tractor.

The upstairs of the barn was organized, cleaned, patched and planned in the first big leap forward as a healing space, art studio and chill out and guest room.

We had friends who live nearby working hard to fix water damage and old floorboards. We can almost keep the barn swallows out!

One visitor went through all of our bikes and preformed vital triage, by separating what could not be used, from what could be used and what was already usable, as well as fixing up a few bikes.

Bikes are very important, it's hard to deny, and I love that our bike space is so visible alongside the stage. Also, a solid small group of volunteers helped all day to organize the larger contents of the barn upstairs and downstairs, as well as clean up and organize the space for the Saturday night's music event. By evening the popcorn bar was set up, the stage lights were lookin good, the stage was cleared and ready, and there was plenty of room and cushions for people to crowd together for some really great music.

Tucker Dalton played the first set, with a heavy heart in the words of his songs and a soothing country voice to ease the soul.

“Rusty Belle” performed next. With multiple singers, accordion, guitar, and lots of handmade percussion instruments they created a very alluring and imaginative sound.

“Dearest” followed next. Sean as “Dearest” was like someone given very limited magic powers properly used only by water gnomes. With allusions to intimacy with ducks that makes you disturbingly jealous and a voice people kept commenting on, “Hey wow, that’s a really great voice he has”, with clapping and stomping at inappropriate times, and an unwarranted inclusion instilled upon us by drawing us into his lyrical adventure, we all enjoyed ourselves immensely. Though we felt dirty.

Jolie Holland was last. She’s spiffy. A hard farm worker and a great musician. I wish had had a video camera, I would like to watch that performance again. She was covering Leonard Cohen and Will Oldham and then playing unique songs of her own that she brought up from the past or had just recently created. What a voice! What a gal!

More wonderful things happened that weekend, but only people that were here will ever know about them!

We will be having more volunteer weekends and music events. Sometimes concurrently and often not. We are inviting people up every Saturday this summer for volunteering on our farm. It is a necessity to call ahead for these regular weekend work days though.

If you have something to offer in the way of events, shows and community misc. please contact us. We love musicians (Without big egos) and we seek to have our community and events space grow over the summer in a vibrant and healthy way.

If you have carpentry skills you’d like to offer, materials to donate, money to donate, or an interest in the other myriad aspects of the growing of our Community Supported Agriculture project, don’t wait! Contact us now!

See You Soon!


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Hello to erika! Soooo nice to see you at the fair...still so mezmerizing. stay cool. love, Catherine

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