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A couple dozen volunteers painted almost all of our Little Bee Barn at the Watsonville Slough on Saturday. It seemed like half of them thought of the story of Tom Sawyer’s fence painting. I think all of us thought barn raisings, those great communal efforts that say, “We’re in this together, we did this together, let us rejoice in that togetherness.”

Yes, it was that much fun and that satisfying. The pictures below capture some of the feeling. What they can’t capture are the conversations that took place when dozens of people work closely together for three hours – and then share lunch. One about-to-be-married couple told me they went on their first date at the Land Trust’s Byrne-Milliron Forest. I wonder how many stories like that there are.

I also heard from people who said they made new friends at Star Creek last month, and everyone is excited to come to our Little Bee Barn Bash on August 5th. It’s a member only event, but you can become a member here and sign up here. Yes, we’ll have a band and hay rides and Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery’s Rail Trail IPA.

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special. Find out more about Stephen Slade...
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