News from the Woods

Posted April 16th, 2007

Hello Hostelers! Finally after quite a while the Hostel has gotten some rain. Those big storms along the east coast ran over the hostel finally dampening the dusty soil. Although it was brief, and anticipate more rain, we are excited with the rain we have recieved. On a similar note the weather has been jumping around some nights incredibly warm whilst others are still bitterly cold. Last night in fact it dipped back into the forties.

The baby chickens, which have been moved to the top of the coop, fared well on their first cold night and we are greatful to say that we didn’t lose any to the chill. The chick overpopulation has also begun to sort itself out. Mikey, Joey, Karen as well as Hostellers, Mia, Alex and Tony helped to sort the chicks into two coops. On one side there is a diverse group that the Hostel will hold onto, including our chicks we hatched here at the Hostel. The other side of the coop has about 35 chicks that will be dispursed to neighboring farms, and communities where they will live much as they do here at the hostel.

This weekends fermentation workshops were quite personal and the few attendees enjoyed the focused attention. The many wonderful and bright children that have joined us this week joined Mikey and Caren in some group games and a nature hike around the Hostel. There was much fun to be had and this writer as as well as the rest of the team have only been amazed at the brilliant children that have visited so far this month. We would like to that all those kids for what they have taught us here in the “adult world”.

The gardens are also in a great time of transition as our winter crops are being phased out as our fresh new sprouts for the summer season are being implemented. Thanks to Joey and Jeremy the Lake Garden fence has been expanded upon, absorbing the No-Till-Garden into its grasp. This will keep the new veggie starts from garden predetors like bunnies, and armadillos.

Also we would like your help. If any of you are interested, we are currently beginning plans for our Second Annual Artist Retreat. If you are interested in teaching a workshop or leading a group activity for this event at the end of May please contact Mikey or Ken.

We are also looking for pictures of Miss Louise to add to a book we are making in her honor. This book will be placed in Miss Louise’s front porch for all to learn of Louise, Willy, her porch and ultimately the everlasting impact she has had on The Hostel in the Forest.

That is it for now Hostelers,

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff