TRIPLE your donation to the Huss Project!

We started a fundraiser last week to raise $5,000 that would then be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). We just received word from the Fibre Converters Foundation: they will provide an additional $5,000 match if we meet our goal! This means your donation will be tripled to help support our work. We’ve…

Planting potatoes

Dancing with 2020: No Future Fest…but more food!

Last July, over a thousand of our neighbors joined us for our annual celebration of community called Huss Future Festival. As we danced, played, created, shopped, sweated, and ate side by side, we could not have imagined how dramatically the shape of loving our neighbors would change in 2020. But it has, and we’re rolling…

White Pines

Planting trees to honor the earth: Mapping our white pines

Happy Earth Day! Today is the 50th anniversary of the first celebration on April 22, 1970, when over 20 million people participated in teach-ins, rallies, and workshops, in the largest show of support for any cause in U.S. history! In honor of Earth Day 2020, we at the Huss Project are celebrating the lives of…

*cino community

Three opportunities to work with us at the Huss Project

The past year has been a time of incredible growth for *culture is not optional, our parent organization, and we are thrilled to be recruiting folks to join us in our work here in Three Rivers, with three different levels of commitment. Whether for ten weeks this coming summer or for an open-ended period of…

Films for our Future

The importance of watching hard films in community

Starting March 19, we’ll be showing a series of seven films about environmental issues leading up to Earth Day. Chemicals, fracking, plastic, impending climate doom—why in the world would you want to participate in this film festival, must less pay money just to feel depressed and overwhelmed? Good question! We’re glad you asked. Think for…

NEW! Huss Project Resident Caretaker Position

A big piece of the future vision for the Huss Project is to have living space for a residential community. Though this goal is still a long way off, we’re very excited to announce a new resident caretaker position. The caretaker (or caretakers) will live in a sweet, small house just to the south of…

Alek & Deborah

Friends of Huss: Alek and Deborah

During this giving season, we’ve asked donors why they have chosen to become a Friend of Huss! Alek and Deborah Haak-Frost, long-term community members of *culture is not optional, provided a few of their thoughts: Alek: “I believe in the cause. I believe community building can solve a variety of issues. While nationally, divisiveness and…

1920s Huss School

Huss alumni story: Mary Recher

Mary Recher attended Huss starting in Kindergarten in 1935 and stayed there until 7th grade when she went to junior high. Below are memories she shared with Elizabeth, a former intern at the Huss Project. Thank you Mary for letting us share your wonderful memories of Huss! If you or someone you know would like…

If you believe in the beauty of working with nature, become a Friend of Huss

In the giant network of living beings that we are a part of, Huss is a small puzzle piece in rejuvenating the life-giving connections to nature that are all around us—especially in connection to the urban farm but beyond that as well. Permaculture is a design discipline that seeks to work with the patterns of…

Future Festival Art Tent

Words from Friends: Molly and Rob

As we continue to build our community of supporters through our Friends of Huss campaign, we’ll be asking our Friends to share what excites them about the Huss Project. The first in our series is from Molly and Rob: We find so many aspects of the Huss Project very exciting. Huss provides a place for…

Huss Elementary closes

Huss history: Reflection on Huss Elementary Closing

This week for our Friends of Huss campaign, we’re taking ourselves back to 1982, when the Huss Elementary School school closed. Jo Barton, a music teacher at the time, shared her perspective of the closing in an interview with *culture is not optional intern Christina Binder in 2009: When they closed the building, we were…