Author Archives: Hope

Coming to Common Ground

Lately we have received a prose poem on the subject of the name change, after an evening on the land, by a pseudonymous member to be known to us only as Change O. Heart (no relation to any Harts we … Continue reading

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Presenting…Common Ground Ecovillage

by the Membership & Marketing Circle   As many of you know, we have just completed a four-month process of choosing a new name.  🎉We are now COMMON GROUND ECOVILLAGE!🎉  This is a name that we think reflects our community … Continue reading

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Join this Visionary Site Design Work

by Anthony Weston The Planning, Design, and Development (PDD) Functional Circle has just concluded schematic design for the Common House, and we are also in the midst of another key planning initiative, “Raising Sights 2020”. We also just hosted a … Continue reading

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Into the Trees!

By Anthony Weston Gaius, Bailey, and I are pleased to announce that the treehouse is now finished and open for business.  Please come and visit!  You’ll find it upslope from where the Dam Loop Trail and the trail to the … Continue reading

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Black Bean Harvest at Hart’s Mill–It Took a Village!

 by Margret Mueller As some of you might remember, Jeffry and I tried to grow a crop of black beans on the land last year, only to have our hopes and efforts dashed by the untimely arrival of Hurricane Michael’s … Continue reading

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Painting the Big Planning Picture

By Anthony Weston, On September’s “First Saturday”, the Planning, Design, and Development Circle offered a wide-ranging review of the ongoing planning work for Hart’s Mill for an enthusiastic group of 25 members at Hart’s Nest.  The village is taking shape, … Continue reading

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Our Forests, Our Future: the ForestHer Initiative

By Hope V. Horton The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is reaching out to women.  Why?  Of the 18 million acres of timberland in this state, 61% are privately owned and the percentage of women owners is rising.  But women … Continue reading

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August Trail Day Report (and a fun way to still help)

By Anthony Weston On Sunday August 4th, a high-spirited band of workers gathered at the crack of dawn (OK, 9am) for a work session dedicated to trail maintenance and improvement.  George, Lisa, Randy, Hope, Paul, Amy, Mir, and Anthony started … Continue reading

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Food & Medicine Are EVERYWHERE—A Walk With Wild Edibles Educator, Kim Calhoun

by Hope Horton It was a cloudy morning during a precious 3-hour grace period between rainstorms.  Six of us gathered at the Nest and dedicated ourselves to discovering the edible plant species living on just a small part of the … Continue reading

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Harvesting Potatoes: Gleaning Knowledge Along the Way

As part of the “potato head” group which participated in potato preparation, planting, hilling, protecting, and now harvesting, here is what I have learned so far: There is something so exciting about those red, blue, and gold potatoes emerging from … Continue reading

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