This spring has been cool and consistently moist. Luckily, the garden crew was able to get four consecutive dry days to get everything out of the greenhouse and into the fields. The strawberry harvest is getting into full swing this week and the number of yummy smoothies being consumed has increased proportionately.
The hoophouse has been producing excellently. The first zucchinis were harvested this past week. The gardeners are eagerly awaiting the first tomatoes and peppers of the season.
This May Day marked the forty fifth anniversary of East Wind Community’s founding as a not for profit organization in the state of Missouri. There was plenty of music and I was fortunate enough to film an interview with Jim Adams, an early member who had lived at East Wind from 1977 through 1987. On the day of Beltane itself there was quite a bit of rain, but not enough to dampen spirits. Some festivities, such as dancing around the Maypole, were postponed. People played volleyball and frisbee and in the evening there were smores around the fire. Thank you to everyone who helped setup this year!
Alexis of Living Energy Farm came to visit for a couple nights after installing DC solar arrays with nickel iron batteries for destitute, off grid people living in the deserts of Arizona. The funds to purchase the solar energy equipment and his travel expenses were covered through donations and fundraisers. Alexis showcased the nickel iron battery technology (comparing it to the shortcomings of lithium ion battery technology) and shared his experiences with off grid DC motors.
We have nearly one hundred freshly plugged shiitake logs behind Rock Bottom (RB), our dining hall. The building maintenance crew has successfully finished the nearly complete overhaul of Foopin (the food processing space). East Wind has also hired a local roofing crew to help keep up with building maintenance this year. There are plenty of building projects in consideration right now and there are many opportunities to learn some serious building skills right now.
I have completed a number of new videos and have seen some good traction on the East Wind Community YouTube channel. I make blogs and videos when I feel inspired to do so. Comments and suggestions are most welcome. Have a wonderful rest of Spring!
Post and pictures by Sumner Pinetree