San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part VIII

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part VIII

by Eric Fitts, Director

Framing continued, with Eric, Kevin, Jake, Katherine, Bobby, Gemma, and participants Sebastian, Kathryn, Dan, Jacob, Craig, Mark, Anthony, and Hudson working during Family Week. We bade farewell to Kevin, our ETHOS intern, after 10 weeks of spectacular service–you have left your imprint on SDC, Kevo.

Rafter and rake installation was completed. The entire roof was also sheathed and dried in with StormGuard and titanium paper roof underlayment. This accomplishment was not certain at any point in the week, but required extra effort by all involved, postponed and skipped meals, giving up a river swim or two, and excellent teamwork. Thunder and rain threatened while the last few rolls of underlayment were nailed down, just to add to the suspense.

Next week I am on vacation and Jeff Bohrer is coming to install the solar hot water with us, so work will slow down for a bit. Next steps are completing the soffit, completing the gable wall sheathing, installing underlayment on the sheathing, and installing the metal roofing and metal siding. I have spoken to Lee Forbes and he is coming on Monday to measure for the standing seam metal roof materials.

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part VII

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part VII

by Eric Fitts, Director

Framing continued, with Eric, Kevin, Jake, Katherine, Matthias, special guest Ryan Cornelissen, and Gemma, working during Adult Week.

Rafter install continued, with the first 6 rake/overlook rafter sections going up. Rafter install was completed on the livestock shed. The livestock shed roof was then sheathed and dried in with StormGuard roofing underlayment. The lowest section of the east main roof was also sheathed and dried in with StormGuard and titanium paper roof underlayment. We also secured a tarp over the educational area, to make life easier.

Next week is Family Week (so the site has been secured) and we are planning on continuing work on rafters, sheathing, and roofing underlayment.

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part VI

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part VI

by Eric Fitts, Director

Framing continued with Summer Servants (with and without Eric) plugging along on a couple ordinary weeks between groups.

We installed the remaining roof columns and roof headers, with the highest headers forming the ridgepole, 14.5 feet above the loft floor, installed high up on scaffolding. Roof headers were brought flush with the outside walls and all was checked for square and straight edges along string lines. Hardware was installed to attach all rafters to the headers and floors. The header across the livestock shed columns was completed. Rafters were begun on the west over the educational area, on the east over the livestock shed, and overlook rafters were constructed on the east end of the building proper. More rafters to come and soon roof sheathing and the beginning of drying the structure in!

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SAVE THE DATE: December 14th, 2019, Bethlehem Farm Benefit in Chicago

SAVE THE DATE: December 14th, 2019, Bethlehem Farm Benefit in Chicago

Please mark your calendars for our annual celebration/fundraiser at our winter benefit in Chicago on December 14th!! 

5:30pm: Vigil Mass for the 3rd Sunday in Advent
7-10pm: Event

Will include complimentary food and drink, great conversations, a short program of speakers, a silent auction, and raffle.

More information will be posted later.

Meet others with similar passions and interests.
Bid on beautiful quilts that make unique Christmas gifts.
Take home some one-of-a-kind artwork.
Enjoy hearing about the past year at the Farm and future plans.
Laugh along with students sharing the impact of their Bethlehem Farm experience.
See highlights from our low-income hoe repair sites.
Enjoy a beautiful space provided by close partner, St. Ignatius College Prep

July 7-13, 2019, High School Week

July 7-13, 2019, High School Week: St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City), Loyola Blakefield (MD), Geurin HS (Noblesville, IN)

Thanks to the groups from St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City), Loyola Blakefield (MD), and Geurin HS (Noblesville, IN)Β for a great week of service-immersion in the Gospel cornerstones.

Making a difference serving with Missy, Teshla, the Clark family, Wellspring of Greenbrier, Sprouting Farms, Home Crew, and Farm Crew (constructing San Damiano, repairing the water-damaged driveway, and planting and harvesting the garden).

Thanks to these students and their group leaders Steve Morrill, Adelaide, Robin, James, Lauren LaCoy, and Luke Hoefer for their servant hearts.

Thanks also to our Summer Servants for the week: Marty Nocchi, Kevin Truong, Alexandra Sinner, Claire Sofronas, Jake Harper, Frances Rafferty, Molly Sutter, Mea St. Amour, Patrick McGinnis, Jack Lampton, Anna Beeman, Charlie Smith, Bonnie Nickander, Laren Cobb, and Jackie Myers. And thanks to special guests, the Martins Family, missionaries to the Diocese of Green Bay through the Family Missions Company, who were staying with us for a few days after being introduced by our friend, Julie Engel.

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part V

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part V

by Eric Fitts, Director

Framing continued with help provided by Summer Servants and volunteers from St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City), Loyola Blakefield (MD), and Geurin HS (Noblesville, IN).

We completed framing the south gable wall with an awesome effort by Farm Crew to raise the center section, which somehow YouTube failed to get on film πŸ˜‰ We also completed the first course of sheathing on both gable walls. After a heroic run to Hurricane by Will and Justin (on a reunion tour, as Justin was visiting this week) to pick up the last bundle of materials, we also were able to begin setting roof columns and roof headers, as we prep for rafters. The livestock shed began to take shape as we set the ledger boards to hang the shed roof rafters on and measured, cut, and set the columns.

south gable wall begins
south gable wall complete
first course of sheathing across the north gable
Jake, Kevin, and Charlie
Roof columns and headers begin
first course of sheathing complete on north and south gables
and ledger board installed for livestock shed
Roof column raised for ridgepole
Columns raised for livestock shed
Roof columns and headers take shape

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part IV

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part IV

by Eric Fitts, Director

Framing continued with help provided by Summer Servants and volunteers, including groups from St. Mary of the Woods (Chicago), Fr. Ryan HS (Nashville), and John Paul II HS (Hendersonville, TN).

We completed the east wall sheathing, framed in the loft stairs, completed the north gable wall, and began framing the south gable wall, all while dodging thunderstorms πŸ™‚

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June 30-July 6, 2019, High School Week

June 30-July 6, 2019, High School Week: St. Mary of the Woods (Chicago), Fr. Ryan HS (Nashville), & John Paul II HS (Hendersonville, TN)

Thanks to the groups from St. Mary of the Woods (Chicago), Fr. Ryan HS (Nashville), and John Paul II HS (Hendersonville, TN) for a great week.

Making a difference serving with Melissa, Teshla, the Clark family, Farmer Rhonda, Home Crew, and Farm Crew (constructing San Damiano and planting and harvesting the garden).

Thanks to these students and their group leaders Amanda, Parvin, Erin, Brent, Neelie, Bryan, and Megan for their servant hearts.

Thanks also to our Summer Servants for the week: Marty Nocchi, Kevin Truong, Alexandra Sinner, Claire Sofronas, Jake Harper, Frances Rafferty, Molly Sutter, Mea St. Amour, Patrick McGinnis, Jack Lampton, and Anna Beeman. And thanks to special guest Nick Cochran, a Diocesan seminarian working with Fr. Arthur Bufogle this summer who was able to spend the week with us.

John Paul II HS, Hendersonville, TN
St. Mary of the Woods, Chicago, IL
Fr. Ryan HS, Nashville, TN
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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part III

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part III

by Eric Fitts, Director

A shortened ordinary week meant only three days on site, but we had the loft floor decking complete by Tuesday at lunch, north wall blocking finished by the end of the day, first floor north wall sheathing complete on Wednesday, and first floor south and west wall sheathing complete on Thursday, so we made the most of the little time we had and were rewarded with progress that was visually apparent.

This week’s crew included Kevin Truong, Jake Harper, Grace Pallissard, Claire Sofronas, and newest Caretaker Gemma Stanton, with an afternoon cameo from Lindsey Meyer on her last week here.

In the next couple weeks, we’ll have groups from Nashville, Chicago, Towson, Jersey City, and Indiana who will be helping sheath the east wall, frame out the loft stairs, frame the north and south gable walls, and begin on posts for the livestock shed as well as rafter posts and headers, followed by roof rafters.

loft floor decking is complete after less than two days of work!
a new Summer Servant is on the scene
North wall sheathing begins on June 26th
The foreman in action
North wall sheathing completed in one day!
With some extra help from Lindsey, who also helped set anchor bolts in the foundation a few weeks back.
The interior begins to take shape.
South and west wall sheathing completed on June 27th.
Picnic shelter/educational area/garden produce processing station begins to take shape.
And the east wall begins…
Grace has been a workhorse on the project–we’ll miss you!

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San Damiano Center for Sustainability: Framing in progress, Part II

San Damiano Center for Sustainability:
Framing in Progress, Part II

by Eric Fitts, Director

When we last left off, we were in the midst of installing headers and just beginning to get a few joists in. Up until this point, primarily Caretakers and Summer Servants had worked on site, as the detail work and post placement did not lend itself well to large groups. Last Friday, Kevin asked when we were going to get a crew of participants for a group week. I had not really given that enough thought until that moment, especially since our home repair waiting list is so long that I wanted most of our energy focused outward. Then Will and I talked it over and decided to break the group into 6 crews instead of 5, so everyone could be happy. A sixth work crew can be difficult to manage the transportation, but the Farm Crew walks 25 yards to work each morning, so that made it even easier.

During this group week, we installed the remaining loft floor headers, hoisted all the joists into place, nailed in most of the joists, completed the blocking on the rim joists, and laid 4/5 of the 3/4″ Advantech for the loft floor decking–quick and sure progress!

One evening, as I was installing a few more blocks before supper, I came to my last block and climbed a ladder that had been off to the side most of the day. On the top rung, there sat a toad or frog of some sort, blue and green. He or she did not flinch as I air-nailed that last block, allowed Clare to come close to say hi, and allowed me to snap the photo below. We figure it was St. Francis or St. Clare smiling on our project πŸ˜‰

Many thanks to everyone who has donated time, talent, and treasure to bring us this far!

Next up…complete the loft floor and begin sheathing the first floor walls.

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