community first! village

This week at the Community First! Village

As my husband often reminds me, I tend to live largely in my head. Most of what I write, therefore, comes from deep hours of reflection and rumination. Every once in a while, though, it’s good for me to simply take a walk and look around. Here are the sights and sounds in my backyard this week. What’s happening in your neighborhood?

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The week began with Backyard Story Night, a local event that meets around Austin. Over a hundred people came into the “backyard” of our outdoor amphitheater and listened as amateur storytellers shared poignant, entertaining, and fascinating tales.

Lots of enormous, rumbly equipment all over the property this week. Drilling deep supports, laying foundations, pouring RV pads -- they roar and roll this Village into hope.

Lots of enormous, rumbly equipment all over the property this week. Drilling deep supports, laying foundations, pouring RV pads — they roar and roll this Village into hope.

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To supplement what we've started from seed, we brought in some beautiful organic transplants: chard, kale, red cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, and strawberries. We're battling ants and cabbage loopers, but for the most part everything is thriving.

To supplement what we’ve started from seed, we brought in some beautiful organic transplants: chard, kale, red cabbage, lettuce, broccoli, and strawberries. We’re battling ants and cabbage loopers, but for the most part everything is thriving.

A little volunteer springing up.

A little volunteer springing up.

We're trying to develop more and more volunteer activities for families with young children, so today some eager littles dyed muslin with natural turmeric. The fabric will eventually be sewn into bags for our goat-milk soap.

We’re trying to develop more and more volunteer activities for families with young children, so today some eager littles dyed muslin with natural turmeric. The fabric will eventually be sewn into bags for our goat-milk soap.

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