As we left 2011 behind two short weeks ago, we began to appreciate how much had progressed for The Bounty Garden in that one year.  Memories of public meetings, license agreements, and user surveys all became a happy blur in June when the JPOC finalized our use of the beautiful site at Hap Magee Ranch Park.  In November, the Danville Town Council unanimously approved the License Agreement and the fun began.  The end of 2011 was a wonderful rush to build vegetable beds before the rains came.  Our intrepid Life Scouts, Josh Miner and Dallin Robins, successfully lead two building days during which two thirds of the beds were completed by almost thirty Scouts and students from both the Athenian and San Ramon Valley High Schools.  Those are the memories of 2011 that most pop to mind right now – images of bright and capable young men and women learning and mastering power tools and complicated construction details!

Well, the New Year started off with just the same bang!  Last Saturday, under the leadership of Dallin, Danville’s Scout Troop #228 hammered and drilled their way to complete the final eight of the Garden’s raised vegetable beds.  While we hope the much-needed rains and snow soon arrive to fill our reservoirs and blanket our mountains, we were so happy to have been able to “make hay while the sun shines!”

Our heartfelt thanks go out to our Life Scouts, Josh and Dallin, and their hardworking Troop! As well, our thanks go to the students from the Athenian and San Ramon Valley High School communities who had their own bed-building day. And finally, as we leave 2011 behind and we move away from planning the Garden towards our first plantings, we would very much like express how grateful we are to our Town leaders and staff, who have demonstrated such wonderful support for the goals of The Bounty Garden.  We are truly blessed to live in a community so rich with beauty, bounty, and heart.

Heidi and Amelia,

The Bounty Garden