DDCLA: Code Sprint and Barn Raising
We try to do Barn Raisings a couple of times per quarter at Droplabs. It's a fantastic way for people to be part of a team doing something to benefit the community. Also, because Droplabs in now part of the Arroyo Seco timebank, timebank members who help with the Droplabs Barn Raising will be awarded time credits! The Arroyo Seco timebank is HUGE and you can get everything from massages to people who can help you with bookkeeping, shopping, or even business consulting!
A barn raising describes a collective action of a community, in which a barn for one of the members is built or rebuilt collectively by members of the community. Barn raising was particularly common in 18th- and 19th-century rural North America. A barn was a necessary structure for any farmer, for example for storage of cereals and hay and keeping of animals. Yet a barn was also a large and costly structure, the assembly of which required more labor than a typical family could provide. Barn raising addressed the need by enlisting members of the community, unpaid, to assist in the building of their neighbors' barns. Because each member was entitled to recruit others for help, the favor would eventually return to each participant.
The tradition of "barn raising" continues, more or less unchanged, in some Amish and Old Order Mennonite communities, particularly in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and some rural parts of Canada. The practice continues outside of these religious communities, albeit less frequently than in the 19th century, in the U.S. states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
Here's a link to a prior Barn Raising that we held at Droplabs:
Hope you come on Sunday! We'll have a nice spread, and there will be good times had by all!