First Future Festival flourishes fantastically

Wow–it was a ton of work to put together the first annual Huss Future Festival, but what a wonderful event! The day began with a soaking downpour and predictions of severe thunderstorms barreling toward us across the Midwest, but the parking lot filled up and the skies cleared and for all eight hours we were…

Harvest time!

The community garden has started harvesting in earnest! Last Thursday, 10 pounds of produce went to the local domestic assault shelter and on Saturday, 25 pounds went to the county homeless shelter. Wow! Beets, radishes, basil, lettuce, zucchini… A third local program will be part of the weekly harvest rotation as well: a free soup…

Notes from…the community kitchen?

I had a short, but good conversation with a local chef the other night at a party. I jokingly asked him when he’s going to start a restaurant in Three Rivers, which I’m sure he gets a lot. Turns out, it’s his dream (in retirement?) to start a free restaurant: customers will enjoy healthy, expertly…

*cino at the annual Water Festival

Each June, the Three Rivers Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Water Festival, a three-day event with carnival rides, live music, fireworks, crafts, children’s events and SO much more. This year, for the first time, *cino had a presence with the non-profit booths to publicize what’s happening at Huss School, including the community garden. The…

Going wild at Huss School

One of our projects for this spring and summer has been figuring out how to convert a portion of the four-acre property around Huss back to wild space. We’ve tried to delineate the area with clear boundaries so that our neighbors won’t just think we’re neglecting the land, but even then, we’re still getting some…

Needs List for Intern House

As we work to turn the rectory where our *cino interns are living into a space of hospitality for them and for other volunteers who come to Three Rivers overnight, we’re finding there are some items we could use, which are listed below. Please get in touch if there’s anything you might be able to…

The Interns: Week One

Last week, four of our six *cino interns moved into the rectory of Trinity Episcopal Church, just a short walk down Main Street from my and Rob’s apartment, and a short bike ride from Huss School. At the moment, Johnathan is working at his paid internship with White Yarrow Farm while the rest of us…

A dollar and a dream

The other day, I heard a radio ad promoting the local Powerball lottery. “All you need is a dollar and a dream!” Especially in the context of the hard work we’ve been doing lately to raise funds for Huss School, I was struck by the linking of a dollar and a dream. I mean, we…

God provided the water

Saturday morning was gray and misty, but warm as we gathered to speak words of blessing and break ground for Triple Ripple Community Gardens at the Huss School property. Many denominations, ages, colors, neighborhoods and vocations were represented around our circle and each minister brought a distinctive angle to the task at hand, calling God’s…

Community garden at Huss to kick off Saturday

River Country Journal and WLKM have run press releases about Saturday’s kick off for Triple Ripple Community Gardens at the old Huss School property. There will be a blessing by local ministers at 10:00 a.m. and all are welcome to attend! Orientation for volunteers will follow. Thanks to local media for helping get the word…

Working in expectation on Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday began as most of my Saturdays have begun since January: waking up early and driving into the country out west of town to help care for Moon, a blind horse owned by my new friend Carol. This work is part of a three-way barter, in which I obtained an icon of Christ Teacher…