This week the organic garden took a backseat to a barren hillside on campus. These photos show the before and after but there's no good way to show the hard work a volunteer group from John Deere put in. This hill is steeper than it looks in the photos. I, personally, wound up doing a belly-slide down as I attempted to hand a juniper to one volunteer at the top. Throw in our strange, hard-packed, eroded combination of clay, sand and concrete and it was a good thing these folks had John Deere's products to work with! Even at that we had to rent a jack-hammer to dig the holes! I am not exaggerating when I say these folks worked hard.
Truly it was a little surreal. This was one hardy group, cheerful, fearless and willing. Our director of development, Stephanie Suarez, set up the venture and put in a 12-hour day. And she's a little thing. The residents helped, too, happily passing up buckets of composted chicken manure as needed.
I lead an interesting life.