Mid-April and Spring is finally, finally here. The birds are flocking, chirping, dancing on bare branches, and generally celebrating warmer sun and longer days. We humans have been ordering seeds, starting seedlings in the warmest places we can find (an oven, with a light bulb, for instance), planning gardens, and hankering to get our hands in the dirt, to see things grow.
Despite what could have been prohibitive snow and cold over the last few months, we have enjoyed more than our usual number of visitors, bringing us the energy and excitement of their adventures and the changes they are seeking to effect in the world. Among the visitors we eagerly welcomed is one who has created an alternative currency, another who is planning to sail to the Caribbean to bring solar power to hard-to-reach places, and another who cycled with a group across the country to celebrate and educate about the awesomeness of co-ops.
Some of us who live here have also had adventures away from home. One family took an “emergency family vacation” to the Grand Canyon, returning with stories, pictures, and magical red dust on their hiking shoes. Another member traveled to Bolivia and returned with news and excitement about cultural change helped along by, among other things, the engagement of folks in the Alternatives to Violence Project. And another member went to Tibet to train international aid workers from all around south Asia.
Meanwhile, maple sugaring season has just ended, and some of us were busy checking and bringing in the sap-filled buckets, stoking the fire under the sap as it reduces, then straining the resulting syrup as it is bottled. Yum! This year's was a short season, followed by a post-season exhibition season for another week or so, but it's over now and the pancakes are delicious.
A big change in the works is the impending departure, this summer, of one member family for a job opportunity in Oregon. It seems academics have to follow the path their career leads them, as this is the second family to leave QIVC for an academic opportunity elsewhere. There are many things we will miss come July, not the least of which is the bright energy, smiling faces, and laughter of the children. We will look forward to the possibility of summer-time return visits.
In late summer we plan to welcome our first international short-term intentional residents! A couple from Britain, Londoners who are exploring intentional communities around the world for a year, will arrive in August to stay with us for about two months. We are excited about the impending exchange of energy and ideas their stay will bring and the contribution we can make to each other.
We are actively seeking new members and as of this summer will have a ready-made, First Day Cottage house available for a new member household to buy--or prospective members to possibly rent while testing out membership. It is a 2.5-bedroom, 1500-square foot, passive-solar house, primarily woodstove-heated, with a porch, a play area for little kids, and a great view. If you are interested, contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org