University of Sioux Falls student musicians, led by Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser, Director of Instrumental Music, came to serve and blessed us with their hard work AND their musical talents. They joined us in our never-ending battle against blight and tackled the backyard of the blighted house next to our Dauphine Street orchard. Our ongoing goal is to avoid the jungle of overgrowth that happens here every summer. Following up on another volunteer groups' efforts to clear the lot, these diligent folks from South Dakota cleaned up, dispersed the piles of debris, cut down tree stumps, created a compost "bin," leveled the lot, and thoroughly enjoyed our sunshine.
Inspired, delighted, but still wanting to serve, they "returned to their roots" and dug them up! They also unearthed at least 100 bricks! This lot will now be easily maintained by regular mowing and another area of blight has been obliterated.