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Happy New Year from
Laughing Waters and 
Hickory Nut Forest! 

It's been a year of transition for us out here in Hickory Nut Gorge. Our beloved founder, visionary and partner, John Myers, passed away in February. His loss is profound, yet our community is strong and committed to upholding his legacy, stewardship of this precious land and sharing its abundance. We had a celebration of his life at Laughing Waters where many friends and family gathered to honor him. This year, on the anniversary of his passing, we are breaking ground for an outdoor memorial meditation space next to Hickory Nut Creek. I have been touched and very grateful for the support of the community as we work our way into carrying on without him.

Little Bearwallow Falls is the site of the new John Myers climbing area on the Wildcat Rock Trail. Peter Barr (who is climbing in this picture) and Conserving Carolina received the national annual achievement award from the Coalition of Recreational Trails in Washington for its design and construction. We are so proud of Peter and happy that this trail in our backyard is getting a lot of use. The trailhead parking lot had to be expanded to accommodate all of the hikers' and climbers' cars!
Alys, George, Oliver, and Livesey joined us in Hickory Nut Forest in 2018. We are so glad to have you in the community!
On Earth Day we planted 8 new trees in the orchard!
We continue to have incredible events at Laughing Waters. Weddings, workshops and private rentals on Air BnB and Home Away keep us busy.
The You Pick day was fabulous. It was a perfect late summer day, and lots of families enjoyed the many activities happening in the orchard.
The community garden had 6 families working together in 2018. With all the rain we've had, the community is working on devising water diversion techniques to assure that the excess water during big storms doesn't get into our raised beds. 
So here's to 2019 being a year of Big Love, Big Light! Please come out to Gerton to see us!
With love,
Jane and all of us at Laughing Waters and Hickory Nut Forest

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