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Kickoff Meeting + Mystery Seeds! May 3, 2017

We had a great board kickoff meeting today! Four of us met this evening. It was cool to have three awesome supporters meet each other at last. We discussed where things are with Sunflower Village right now. We’re working on our strategy to apply for nonprofit status, and we’re looking for people who are interested in Sunflower Village, whether they’d like to think about becoming a villager or just have an interest in intentional communities, economic justice, sustainable living, or tiny houses.

Our next meeting is in June, but we’re already planning the conversations we’re going to have between now and then, about nonprofits, organizational structure, and sustainability.

On an earthy note, yesterday I finally got my hands in the dirt and did some planting. I have seeds set for basil, Purple Cherokee tomatoes, Brown Berry cherry tomatoes, coriander, and dill from the landlord I had in Amherst. But best of all are the mystery sunflowers. I saved the seed on the head of a sunflower I grew in 2015, but I have no idea which variety it was. I’m excited to see how they and all the Sunflower Village seeds I’ve been planting since then bloom this year. Mystery Sunflower Seeds planted 5-2-17.jpg

 

Treasured iterations February 10, 2017

Filed under: geography,Southern Vermont — Saera @ 9:59 pm

I had a lovely snow day yesterday, and after a gorgeous wander in the white-crested woods of Southern Vermont, I came back ready to do some work. Sometimes I forget just how long Sunflower Village has been my dream, how much it’s infused my life. I finally unboxed my notebooks from the last 12 years today. In flipping through them, even briefly, I found thoughts and ideas about it infused throughout everything else. Working with Joy to make sure she has access to work I’ve done so far, I’m rediscovering things that I created along the way that I had forgotten about. Not all of the things I made will show up in this iteration of Sunflower Village, but all of them helped get me to this point. It’s kind of amazing to me to see how much I have grown and how much my ideas and understanding have evolved. It’s also amusing… one of the original ideas for a name, back in 2006 was “The Vibrant Order of Passionate Action”. Was I a young idealistic hippie with a love of fantasy or what? Oh wait….

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