The wonderful thing about having lots of people is that when a project is started, it can move ahead very quickly. The tricky thing about having lots of people is that there is a lot of talking, considering, and (necessary) faffing about to do before projects are started. From this vantage point, I know that we’ve been doing a lot of work, but it’s mostly been the talking sort of work that, as of yet, has little to show for it.
Here’s some things that have happened, though: we have a small RV on site, so that kids have a place to play and so that we have a locking place to store tools. We have done more of the cleaning necessary to make the two existing structures more useful. We’ve determined where our shipping containers are going to go. We’ve built a fire pit and had a number of fires. An hugelkultur earth berm has been started, both to absorb some rotting lumber and to make a nice privacy border on one side. We’ve had a lot of meetings with Interested People to help us determine some next steps. We’ve started a fort for the kids, using living alder trees. More things, I’m sure, but that’s what comes to mind.
All good stuff, and all leading in the direction we want to go. Decisions happen slowly, but that way we know that they’re good decisions. Our whole is more than the sum of its parts, and we do good work together. We’re all looking forward to doing some camping this summer and really sinking our teeth into all the things that we want to get done.