On a sunny day in May, Iowa City Cohousing members and friends gathered at our land for a work day. Our mission was to begin cleaning up the "encampment" on the east hillside, a ragged conglomeration of makeshift shelters left over from past years. Some of our new buildings will be located in this spot, and we worked hard to clear the accumulation of rotting wood and other trash from the ground.
Annie ready for work
One crew dismantled a partly underground shelter (see below). Others sorted things that could be recycled. Still others piled up panels, wire, and fence posts. We were very dirty by the end of the day, but happy to see that we'd restored some order to the landscape even though there is more to be done.
Clearing the hillside of trash