There are lots of ways to be neighborly.  Inviting folks over for a meal is probably the top of the list.  Helping someone in need is always a noble deed and much appreciated.  Land too is in need of assistance and asking neighbors to roll up their sleeves and pitch in is a wonderful way to foster friendship and stewardship.

My friend in Vermont rotates work parties with neighbors, and they make a day of it, fixing and mending structures, chopping/stacking firewood, beautifying the gardens and landscaping, performing restoration  (Please see my Restoration blog).  Food and drink are always on hand, as well as great catching-up-on-things conversation.

Closer to home, friends across the Klickitat River pooled their restoration needs into a successful grant that has resulted in new livestock-excluding fences, ponds, native tree plantings and more…and they all worked together to provide the labor in-kind contribution.

Even closer, our outstanding next door neighbors hire local youth and minorities to help around their homestead.  My children have all been the beneficiaries of the Harts’ largess.

Even closer (if that is possible), we sent out a plea of help when we constructed our eight acre horse fence…and to our utter delight, many responded…including folks who could not help physically, but came to offer moral support..and typically something yummy to eat.

Stewardship work is never done; the to-do project list is always lengthy, but crossing off even one item is a rewarding stroke of the pen.  Work transcends almost any other kind of neighborly activity because it sometimes hard, and because it is shared, often is where the combined efforts of individuals result in something much greater than if the work had been done alone.   The concept of “Work serving as worship,” is a glorious idea that when you put your best into a task, that is selfless and sharing, it makes us better,  more noble people.

So set a work party date and invite your friends and neighbors and see what magic is accomplished!~

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