Music

Future Fest preview: Music!

At this year’s Huss Future Festival, we have another exciting lineup of music from classical tunes to folk jams! The music begins at 10:00am with a set by Jenny LaJoye, a musician from Grand Rapids who will be playing her own music from a recently released EP. At 11:00am, John Mark Wenger, a brilliant local cellist, will play with…

Hussagram: Last of the Season’s Harvest

These last few weeks of January have been difficult for all of us, and feels like it was ages ago that we were in our garden at Huss digging up the last of our vegetables. But we have been reminded of those days recently when we made Potato and Kale Skillet Gratin with the last of our…

Hussagram: Supper Club behind-the-scenes

It is true that the members of the *culture is not optional community love food. We meet together and eat food on a regular basis, particularly our Friday night community dinners. We all have our specialties, so we usually make dishes that play off those specialties. For a Supper Club it’s a bit different, because…

Hussagram: Shining with or without the sun!

For the second year, we’re hosting Family Fun Nights once a week at the Huss Project! We have been blessed with much more rain this year than we had last year and that’s been wonderful — especially for the Garden. But it also has meant that most of our Family Fun Nights have had to move indoors….

Hussagram: Let there be light (again)!

During last Friday’s workday, *cino interns (like Chelsea, above) and staff prepared the old Kindergarten Room for a Storytelling Night that evening. The room has come along way in the last year; the drop ceiling is entirely gone, which makes the space feel so much more open! But the biggest, most exciting work in recent…

Hussagram: Is that a painting of a garlic scape?

In less than a month, The Huss Project will host our Fourth Annual Future Festival! Last year we had a great variety of art vendors (as seen above). We had everything from felt mushrooms sewn by Emily Ulmer to paintings of vegetables by Larry-Michael Hackenberg to graffiti of sea creatures on records by Thomas Brothers. This…

Hussagram: We dine together

It’s getting hotter and hotter out there and we all need to keep hydrated! Ainsley Rynders, *cino summer intern, fills glasses full of water to wash down a freshly made chicken pad thai at our most recent Underground Supper Club. We are passionate about cooking, and we love to share it with others; but, like…

Hussagram: Ridiculous joy!

(Past and present *cino staffers during a spring break service-learning program in March. Left to right: Deborah Haak, Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma, Elizabeth Brouwer, Rob Vander Giessen-Reitsma, Jordan Skinner, Jay Howard, Kyle Luck.) In the midst of our often chaotic lives, we must remember to be joyful (“though we have considered all the facts”). *culture is not optional has…

Forsythia

Hussagram: In bloom

As the Forsythia flowers bloom in the front yard, we’re also getting ready for summer: new interns, summer programs like Family Fun Night and Future Festival 2013! Forsythia flowers are always a friendly reminder of the season to come — bright and full of possibility. Summer is always a busy season at the Huss Project and we…

Hussagram: Beginning a new season

Julianna Sauber leads volunteers cleaning up the Triple Ripple Community Garden at the Huss Project during the garden’s clean up day in 2011. As the weather heats up, we get closer to starting the garden’s fourth season with this year’s clean up day! On May 4, we will be at Huss from 10:30am to 1:30pm…

Hussagram: A visit with farmer Dale

Dale Hasenick chats with students from Calvin College about farming at White Yarrow, and the importance of growing vegetables organically. For many of the students, this was the first time they’d ever visited a farm. In this photo, Dale explains how he starts many of the vegetables he grows inside and under lamps before transplanting…

Hussagram: Face paint at Huss Future Festival 2012

At Future Festival 2012, Liesje Brouwer and Hannah Thyberg set up a tent for face painting. There were many different choices to choose from, but like this young man, many chose to be Spider-man. Liesje (as seen above) has had an exuberant amount of experience with face paint, beginning when she worked at a theme…