READY FOR SPRING
We have never been more
ready to work with the land. As the winter dissolves to spring, we are
planning our gardens with renewed conviction to steward this land with
love. This month we will focus on orchard care, mulching our gardens
with composted manure, and ensuring there are beautiful trails to
At a time when government
seems to be pulling all safety measures from its people, our commitment
toward learning, cultivating, and sharing knowledge around
sustainability has taken on new urgency. At a time when our society
seems most divisive and divided, we are more certain than ever that
what is needed is community. To that end, much of our effort this year
will be toward helping the farmer's
market in Ontario grow and to lay the foundation of a food
agriculture forces small sustainable farmers to tighten their purse
strings, we are happy to be part of a re-emerging trend: the growth of
cooperatives. Keep your eyes on the new and developing Driftless:
Back to the Land Co-operative, attempting to give small
farmers a break by creating pathways for shared resources.
As part of our own review
of what is sustainable and what is not, we will be suspending our
relationship with the company that brings you these monthly emails. We
want to stay in touch, so we are investigating better means to reach
out to you. For now, we hope you will continue to get updates on our website,
where the monthly news will still be posted - as well as on our
And from May through
October, you will be able to find us at the La
Crosse Friday evening Farmer's Market and Thursday evenings
at the Ontario Farmer's Market.
Of course, you can also order
from our store anytime.
Echo Valley Hope will
continue to host monthly gatherings focusing on cultivating sustainable
peace. For now, we will continue to call them "A
New Activism," and you can read about them on the Echo Valley Hope
website and on the Facebook page.
We will continue to share news of good efforts toward peace and water
protection, and from time to time we will offer the Peace
Education Program at local libraries and here at Echo Valley.
Currently the Peace Class
is meeting at 11AM every Saturday at the Ontario Public Library. These
classes are free and open to everyone.
Teen Drop In is in the process of becoming a service group
helping teens plug into Wildcat Mountain State park cleanup activities
and assist with the upcoming Ontario Farmer's Market and future food
You are also welcome to
become part of our Facebook page, Peace
First and Ending War. This has become a lively Facebook group
with people from around the world committing their efforts toward
putting peace first in their lives, families, and communities.
You can see our efforts
are ongoing. Your financial
support has been, and will always be, essential to our
Most importantly, stay in
touch. Your words of encouragement, your visits, your acknowledgment of
our attempts to change the narrative from one of violence and isolation
to one of humanity rising has meant a lot. We thank you.
March 17 from 10AM to 3PM
"A New Activism," as we
see it, is about moving toward what we want. These gatherings have
become lively exchanges. Garden and cooking tips, seed swapping,
discussions of current affairs, and enjoying a meal together seem to be
the order of the day. Most of all we are in community, learning from
one another and creating the world we hope to see.
Lunch is served around noon.
I am really enjoying my
forays into writing and radio. I plan to continue both with great
vigor. You are welcome to peruse or sign up to receive my blog, Let
You can find my latest
"Consider This" on Soundcloud.
WDRT is a local community
radio station that has become a great link to communicating with even
more of the wonderful people here in the Driftless. I am very grateful
to that community of people for their vision and efforts toward a free
and open commons of ideas and for their camaraderie.
And I am forever grateful
to each and every WWOOFer
and helper who has come to Echo Valley to help bring to life a dream
still in its prime. These internship programs will continue, giving
people a chance to live closely with the land and with one another.
As always, you are welcome
here as we grow on...