Friday, January 23, 2015
January is Produce and Production
When I saw the hand painted sign above, outside a small vegetable store in Fellsmere, Florida I smiled at the connection between the production we are doing building structures and the word 'produce' in which those who farm, are building a food supply.
The month began for me in Dade City, a small town N.E. of Tampa, at a great affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. They have fine tuned their operations using the volunteers for Habitat called Care-A-Vanners. Mostly retired folks, but not always.... who travel in their RV's or motor homes part time or full time, building homes around the country. A fun group to work with.
Now I'm down a bit further and over close to the east coast town of Vero Beach, but in a small town called Fellsmere. A very small town with an evenly mixed population of white, black and Hispanic.
The homes HFH are building in Fellsmere and Dade City are really nice 3 bedroom, 2 bath models. The plan changes a little in different towns and states, but usually a basic 2 or 3 bedrooms.
In Dade City, we worked on one special house with 6 bedrooms, 5 baths. It was for a family that had 6 special needs children. Six total; a couple of theirs and a few they adopted.
This little Spanish tiendita (little store) is typical. Open 7 days a week, from 10-8, this young woman treats her produce as an art form. Pride of ownership!