First walk through

A mortgage story

Many folks have asked us about the logistics of purchasing the historic Huss School as the headquarters for *culture is not optional’s work in Three Rivers.  How could a scrappy, upstart organization afford such a fine palace as this?  Well, I’ll start from the beginning… Rob was actually searching for the sale price of another…

Stephen Wirzylo

Huss Stories: We need each other

Stephen demonstrates a homemade drum as part of his session for making musical instruments out of recycled materials in the art tent at Huss Future Fest 2012. Around the time we were raising the funds for *cino to purchase Huss School in 2009, we received an out-of-the-blue blog comment from someone named Stephen Wirzylo in…

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…

David Stewart

Huss Stories: David Stewart

(David helping with our first Underground Supper Club.) I have lived in Three Rivers for close to ten years. Somewhere in that timeline, Three Rivers changed from being “someplace I lived for now” to “someplace I’m enjoying living and would like to remain in.” There weren’t any Hallmark moments to commemorate this transition from temporary…

Double your dollar

Double your donation dollars!

Yes, you read that correctly: right now, you can double your donation dollars to the Huss Project!  We are thrilled to announce that an anonymous donor has offered to match donations between now and May 15 up to $4,500.  If we reach our goal, that’s a whopping $9,000 toward our ambitious Brick Campaign goal! If your…

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…

Florence Underground Supper Club

Underground Supper Club at Florence

It was truly ‘underground’ at this Sunday’s Underground Supper Club at Florence Church of the Brethren Mennonite, where soft lighting and cheery bunting transformed the basement level of the church into the “Comfort Food Café”. At the second Supper Club fundraiser of its kind, steaming dishes prepared by the *cino intentional community and passed family-style…

Underground Supper Club

Underground Supper Club

There wasn’t much underground about it, but last Saturday night we invited several folks to our first-ever Underground Supper Club as a fundraiser for the Huss Project. We borrowed a downtown Three Rivers building from friends and transformed the beautiful apartment space on the second floor, which is presently empty, into a restaurant-like atmosphere for…

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…

Thank you for your votes!

Though voting goes through the end of the day, it’s clear that we won’t be getting enough votes to win the Fetzer grant contest.  The Innovation Empowerment Programme in Kenya has over 7,000 votes … congratulations to a great project! We want to sincerely thank all of our supporters who watched our video, read our application and/or voted for…

Huss Stories: Emily Ulmer

When I first moved to Three Rivers the great brick edifice that is Huss School was too large and looming for me to comprehend.   My arrival in the winter and the building’s lack of heat allowed me to acclimate to the idea of community development in Three Rivers slowly.  Usually I take a running leap…

Community Garden

Is it spring yet? Get involved in the community garden!

There may be snow on the ground, but just as snow provides necessary moisture for spring growth, winter planning is a must for Triple Ripple Community Gardens! Now is the time that we’re gathering resources for the coming growing season, including volunteers and organizers.  Check out this nifty online form you can fill out to…