1990 The Orchard School was founded by three women
friends who joined collectively to share resources and work.
They wished to create as a group a place for gathering, growing
and learning. Classes were held in a converted apartment above
a woodworking shop and in the home of one of the teachers for
the first three years. It became clear the community needed the
school and the school needed its own home to have space for the
increasing numbers of students coming to partake in the schools
offerings. A decision was made to ask the community for help
in creating a building to house the school. In mid winter of
1994 planning started in earnest for a massive volunteer effort
to erect a 2500 sq. foot building that summer. With that impetus
came a tremendous, unimaginable release of energy that required
a commitment to harness the power of the creative "YES"
and channel that energy to do it "NOW". There were
different degrees of commitment and investment depending on each
individuals time available for this project. Over 275 people
from the surrounding communities contributed more than 3,000
hours over the course of the summer and by September The Orchard
School was able to open its new doors.
The truly amazing part of this building project was the goodwill
and cooperative spirit exhibited by everyone involved. Over the
course of a better part of a year leadership and responsibility
for construction of different aspects of the building were taken
and shared by a group of builders comprised of parents of Orchard
School students, community members, teachers and their husbands.
It was a consuming, exciting, exhilarating process that formed
the foundation of our school and created a model of co-creation
that resulted in the physical manifestation of the building that
now houses The Orchard School.