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Spring Break Service Trip 2011

Our small group journeyed out to Harrisonburg, VA where we worked with New Community Project in stainability efforts. We worked mainly at the spring house, helping to renovate an eco-friendly house that will eventually become office space and a home for folks off the streets. In the backyard there is a beautiful mandala garden that we helped awaken and ready for the season.

Our afternoons and evenings were spent around the Shenandoah Valley in workshops and sessions, meeting new people with great ideas and projects. We met with Eastern Mennonite University prof of peacebuilding Lisa Schirk on Climate Change as an inhibitor to national and human security. We attended an evening session on a campaign to increase biking and walking roads in Harrisonburg, toured Radical Roots permaculture farm, met with Bridgewater College students, served at Camp Brethren Woods, toured Muddy Bikes farm at Tom Benevento's house as well as other community gardens, and ate at the collective's restaurant-- the Little Grill. Our last day was spent hiking High Knob in George Washington National Forest.

Preparing breakfast for Our Community Place meal.

Here is the NCP Springhouse that we worked to renovate. The house will serve as office space for NCP, and become an intentional community for people and families off the street.

We helped awaken their mandala garden.


Our Community Place serves as a community center for homeless or impoverished citizens of Harrisonburg. OCP and NCP have a community bike shop, where the bikes are donated to the OCP members to use for transportation; a few of us helped out fixing bikes.

We took a day to serve at Camp Brethren Woods. We helped organize waterfront equipment, cutting wood, and delivering wood to the proper campfire location.

We also had an amazing lunch with Camp Brethren Woods staff.

After lunch, we took a short tour of the campgrounds.

The Little Grill Collective is a cool and eco-friendly restaurant right across the street from the OCP. We had a couple of amazing meals there.

At the Shenandoah Bicycle shop we went to a presentation on a campaign to increase biking and walking roads in Harrisonburg.

The front yard of the Springhouse will also be landscaped.

Bunny Box!


Tom Benevento gave us a tour of Muddy Bikes, the permaculture garden he and his neighbors have in their own front and backyards. As you can see the idea is to work with nature to transform the land into a beautiful landscaped and edible garden.

Bunny Box! for fertilizer.

Here's a community garden that has tens of plots for families to garden and have produce.

On our last day in Harrisonburg, we hiked High Knob in George Washington National Forest.



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