Forest Update

Posted June 25th, 2007

The Hostel is gearing up for the coming sweat lodge and birthday weekends! We’re filling up fast (next weekend is already booked up!), so make sure to call and make reservations if you want to be here for our 32nd birthday!

This last week, we were also able to harvest honey from our Hostel beehive! We have a beehive out at our main vegetable garden, and besides pollinating the area, the bees have provided us with a few gallons of honey! We would like to send out thanks to Ted Dennard, for not only the hive and equipment, but also for coming in to lead the harvesting efforts! To celebrate, we showed some bee-themed cartoons on our projector (which the children present, young and old, were greatly entertained by). In Further critter news, the baby ducks have been moved outside and are about to be housed in a outdoor coop while they grow!

Also, in other fun news, the Hostel has been overtaken by the spectre of scrabble. Matches have been held almost daily, so if anyone coming enjoys ‘America’s favorite word-game’, let us know!

Hanoch Schmalbach has joined the staff for awhile, and has been doing all sorts of repairs around the place. We have built some more selves for our chickens to sleep in, replaced some ceiling fans, fixed up a virtual fleet of bicycles, and our now in the process of rebuilding the floating dock at the lake! Hanoch has had tons of help with all of these projects, and we’re happy at all the great work thats being done!

And our wonderful guests continue to throw in and make the place shine. From the smallest of tasks to the largest of tasks, every bit is felt by us staff. The labyrinth has been cleaned by Kayvon and Rosalie, several girls from Savannah helped build the chicken shelves, our south American friends helped with bike repair as well as cooking us dinner one night, Stefy and Colette cooked another, and the list goes on! Thanks so much to everyone!

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Forest Update

Posted June 12th, 2007

The Hostel once again gives thanks to another rainy day. We spent today relaxing inside and having a musical jam session as our gardens soaked up all the water they could get.

As for what happened this past week, Arturo Rendon was kind enough to build us a new pool bench / storage bin by the pool. In the week of heat that we’ve had, the pool has been in heavy use, and its wonderful to have a storage space over there. Also, in the news of woodwork, Daniel came through here once again, and helped us to drop a dangerous tree that had been hit by lighting during last weeks storms. Thanks so much to you two, as well as all of the folks that have helped out this week!

The gardens are coming along nicely, with several new beds prepared. The garden continues to supply us with a steady amount of onions, squash, and cucumbers (which we have been fermenting into pickles!).

In one final note, we would like to thank the ladies that cleaned out the chicken coop. The chickens, who have been recently receiving French lessons from Bo, most defiantly appreciate it.

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff

Rain..Rain..Rain

Posted June 4th, 2007

The Hostel gives much thanks for the rain that we received this week. It rained a full day and two nights here, easing the nearby firefighters and feeding our gardens. The chickens seemed a bit soggy and upset, but otherwise, we all give thanks for the much needed rain. We also give thanks for all those praying for rain, keep up the good work!

We also have received our order of Baby Ducks this past week! We had lost several of our female ducks this year, due to predators, and our duck flock was down to five males and one female. Our order of ten new ducks has come in, and while we’ve already lost one of the ducklings shortly after arrival, we are excited by the cute powers of the other healthy babes.

The coming weekend of the 29th, 30th, and 1st (the fourth of July weekend), we will be having a birthday party here at the Hostel! The Hostel was founded July 4th, 1975, so we will be celebrating our 32nd birthday! We also have another weekend of workshops planned for mid-August, when a group of midwives from the International Center for Traditional Childbearing are coming to the Hostel. They will be leading us in some workshops. Check the ‘Events’ section for more information.

After saying our goodbyes to the four that left last week, Nikki, Jeremy, Mikey, and Joey, the Hostel team has changed greatly. We would like to welcome John Oliversmith and Bo Post to the staff! Both of these wonderful folk are now here to help with the coming summer here at the Hostel, and we welcome them and the energy that they bring to this place. We are also saying goodbye to our dear Flo this week, as she leaves the herd to head back to school. Thank you Flo for all the good times you have given us, and thank you John and Bo for answering the call of the forest!

May The Forest Be With You…

The Hostel Staff