This past weekend the Land School played host to a group of 10 Lake Country dads. It was their goal to come out and help with projects and connect to the Land School and each other. They came early on Saturday and worked all day and then stayed the night and left on Sunday after a hearty breakfast. Our organizers had done this once before, inviting some LCS community friends for a trial run last Fall, but this year the Dads' work-day concept went public for the first time. Based on the response, it will not be the last time.
We were able to tackle a wide range of projects. My group processed 2 bushels of basil into pesto for the winter and we froze green and red bell peppers for the use on Land School pizzas. Speaking of which, another group laid the concrete block foundation for the new pizza oven. Another group attached a deck to the bunkhouse and built a portable wash stand for the bunkhouse. Pear trees were stood upright in the orchard. We had groups work on the root cellar, hang the new white board, and clean up after the chicken coop cement pour that we had two weeks ago. In the afternoon, a group went to pick apples at a friend's orchard for the Harvest Festival cider. It was a whirlwind. Simultaneous to all the work, there was a mountain of great food, much of which featured Land School produce, and a lot of great time to hang out and get to know each other.
The credit for organizing goes to LCS dad, Todd, and to Donna, John and Brooks of the LCS staff. Let's do this again.