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(1) January, February, and March 2017

Derrick, who was exonerated from death row, at the Death Penalty protest in Washington, DC

Some of the leaders of a death penalty protest in Washington, DC

Some of the leaders of a death penalty protest in Washington, DC

Bowling night to celebrate some January birthdays

One of the birthday boys with a big burger

Bowling night to celebrate some January birthdays

Bowling night to celebrate some January birthdays

Bowling night to celebrate some January birthdays

The balcony at a new, better apartment

Sometimes, peace looks like a full freezer in a new apartment.

Sometimes joy looks like new furniture in a new apartment.

Sometimes, generosity looks like Christmas presents for the daughter of a community member given to her in your own new apartment.

Some of the delicious food at January’s big meal: spaghetti squash, a sauce that was cooked for about 30 hours, and a cauliflower alfredo.

Baked spaghetti that took nearly 30 hours in total to prepare that was served at the Big Meal

February Leadership Meeting

February Leadership Meeting

One of the gardens at a Grace and Main house

Some of the new tool library with tools and storage partially in place

Some of the tools (mostly garden hand tools) in the tool library

A boombox and a grinder in our Tool Library

The view of the Urban Farm from our Tool Library window

One of our folks posing with a particularly frightening looking tool. Check out that face!

At our super bowl party

The new thermometer in our greenhouse!

A couple of planters that Bruce built by hand.

Working on the retaining pond.

CBFVA volunteers putting together our tomato and pepper starts.

A volunteer from Oak Level Baptist (through CBFVA) putting together tomato starts.

From the outside looking in on the greenhouse and our seed starting volunteers.

Volunteers (through CBFVA) working on clearing the other half of our Urban Farm property.

The greenhouse humming right along.

A steadily growing brush pile through the gates of our garden.

Bruce and volunteers putting gutters on the Tool Library to feed our rainwater catchment system.

Bruce and volunteers putting gutters on the Tool Library to feed our rainwater catchment system.

Volunteers hard at work, clearing land for our future commons.

Volunteers working hard to clear brush and dead trees.

This tree was the perfect fit for this volunteer to haul.

Lunch break on the CBFVA Work Day

The retaining pond before being filled

Praying mantis egg sacs that we found and moved to a safe space in the garden so we’ll hopefully have lots of garden helpers later this spring.

Pepper starts in the greenhouse.

Tomato starts in the greenhouse.

The retaining pond is almost filled.

CBFVA volunteers clearing brush and making progress!

A hand built swale to redirect lost water back to the garden and prevent excessive erosion.

CBFVA volunteers clearing brush and making progress!

Donated “Mission Boxes” from CBFVA including sunscreen, water bottles, work gloves, and thick socks!

Donated seeds that have been sorted and stored for use around the various gardens where we’re connected.

Evening prayer at one of the Grace and Main houses

Evening prayer at one of the Grace and Main houses

A radial arm saw and a table saw that were donated to our Tool Library. What a wonderful gift!

A radial arm saw and a table saw that were donated to our Tool Library. What a wonderful gift!

One of the new tools in our tool library thanks to generous donors

The new tools put into the tool library, where they were cleaned, cared for, and prepared for extended use.

A piece of art given by the community to a family that now lives in Roanoke. This picture was taken at their recent House Blessing.

One of the rain barrels (once used at a carwash) at our house next to the Urban Farm

The Urban Farm in late March–it’s starting to wake up.

A Grace and Main leader on the back porch near the rain barrels one night right before evening prayer.

Sunset over the tool library and a leader at a hospitality house

A sleeper sofa recently donated to our work. Sleeper sofas go quick, so we’re sure this will be in someone’s home soon.

A hand-built backyard firepit at one of the hospitality houses.

A team of two installs a new Wind Duck on the fenceline.