Bridge Happenings April 2017

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Endless Sea Coffee Roasting
We have a variety of new coffees to sample from Southeast Asia, and we’re excited to select a new roast as well as some cold brew options. We plan to do coffee cuppings this week, and Hannah is working on the designs for the new roast. Stay tuned for more info! On a less exciting note, the coffee roaster broke down earlier this month, and Jay had a couple crazy days getting it running again.

Cultivate Training Garden
The youth in our Garden Training classes have started lots of plants which are ready to be planted outside. Currently, however, they are back out of the greenhouse and in the office due to the cold weather! We hope to get them out soon. Buena Vista University’s annual day of service, “Buenafication Day”, is coming up on May 2, and we expect to have a group of around 75 volunteers serving at the gardens – both BVU students and Storm Lake middle school students. Finally, we’ve ordered a large tent for gathering and doing training/meetings during the summer at the gardens, and the cooler is being fixed in order to store the CSA produce.

There are still a few CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares available! If you’d like a weekly share of our garden’s harvest without all the work of weeding, click here for more info or here to sign up!

Neighborhood Centers
Life at the Neighborhood Centers has been full and busy! At Schallers’ home, the girls’ regular Tuesday night Bible study has wrapped up. We are looking forward to spending more time in the Schallers’ neighborhood, as the new garden plot (Elliott’s Eden) is near their home. We had a workday last weekend at the Seneca Garden, planting lots of potatoes and onions, and finishing up with a big bonfire by the Dahlhausers’.

Both the girls’ and boys’ Bible studies have finished up for the school year. We’re so grateful for the steady volunteers who have served in it as well as all the kids who have been there throughout the year! We are starting a new session of Garden Training classes for middle schoolers which will be held on Wednesday evenings at The Bridge and the gardens. We are also making plans for youth summer camps and a new addition to the summer – a team of high schoolers, “Junior VISTAs,” who will serve with the Summer Team. We still visit a few places in town regularly to hang out with kids after school. These days there is a regular stream of basketball players ready to play knockout or a fresh game of P-I-G at Seneca, and a group of kids always ready to play soccer or Hide-N-Seek over at the Trailer Park.  

Run for Our Future 
We’re gearing up for the annual race this spring! Tou is recruiting volunteers, Jess is working with Team Bridge, Anne is talking with corporate sponsors, and Hannah is coordinating the logistics. It’s a team effort and we’d love to have you join us by running the 5k or 10k! Have you signed up yet? Would you like to help us raise funds for the summer by joining Team Bridge?

Job Opening
We are looking for an individual to serve as an administrative assistant in the office. If you are interested, fill out the application, and submit to The Bridge via email ( or through the mail (P.O. Box 181).