Off the Grid hosted a bonus checkpoint during the RW24 Hour Bike Race this past weekend. Our slot was 11am – 1pm on Saturday and we had people first ride to our garden. From here Wendy instructed folks to walk over to my house where I met them in the driveway. The look on some people’s faces was priceless when they realized the task at hand–sledge hammering out a peice of concrete from my driveway to help turn it into a bikeway and the concrete chunks to transform the backyard from a concrete jungle to a raised bed garden and patio on down the line. We pictured the event as a barn-raising of the yester-years when neighbors and really who communities would come together to help with a project knowing that the goodwill will lead on back to them one day. I must say, I am most appreciative of everyon’e efforts! Here are some before, during and after pictures:
Surprisingly, many participants thanked me for hosting the checkpoint and exclaimed how much fun they’d had giving their hand at sledgehammering. Some people, after I’d given the “one more” instruction, had really gotten into it at that point and put in a few more extra blows. All that said, I am most appreciative of everyone’s contribution!
After sledging, people headed back to the garden where Wendy marked their manifest and handed them a Seed Bomb filled with lovely native wildflower seeds to throw in an empty lot or alley way along the race route. It’ll take some waiting, but by next year’s race hopefully I’ll have a more bountiful backyard and the neighborhood will glissen with native wildflowers.