PEOPLE LIVING IN COMMUNITY
When I founded Echo Valley Farm fifteen years
ago, it was a
gift to myself and to others who were beginning to see the need to live
a more indigenous life, close to the Earth, learning from her and each
other. Since then, hundreds of people from all over the world have come
to visit, some for short- or long-term, some to reside here. It has
been a fulfilling journey.
We approach the upcoming
planning of gardens, the hope of abundance, and the reality of how
important each individual is to the goings-on of the whole. Our lead
gardener, Deb Hilt, has set her timeline for March, weather permitting.
rake beds; burn dead grass and
weeds; compost beds with sheep and mule compost; invite sheep into
gardens to help with composting and clean up.
Greenhouses: mix soil for
Asian medicinals and early vegetables (kale, onions and leeks);
germinate tomato seeds in moist towels (heirloom Cherokee purple, pink
brandy wine, Amish paste, Sheboygan paste, yellow pear).
We will also take time to
clean and prune
more of the orchard, in hopes of an apple crop this year. Last year’s
late and very deep frost destroyed the apple crop. Happily the
commercial bakery, directed by Lauren West, is going very well, and
helped us through the loss of our crop. Look for some new items from
the bakery this year, like savory focaccia.
Jan Kenyon continues to
develop our wool and
woolen products. Her natural dyes come from the gardens here, and she
is honing her skills on weaving and carding. Her artistic felting
creations are full of fun, and she is always eager to teach those with
an interest. Our master knitter, Margaret Webster, happily teaches the
craft to all expressing interest. Catch her and you are sure to learn a
I will continue to provide
the animal care
and push Echo Valley Farm toward 100% renewable energy – we are nearly
there! I will also continue to exercise my voice in whatever ways I can
towards humanity, living with respect of the Earth, and the possibility
of Peace. With great thanks to all who have supported Echo Valley Hope,
the educational and charitable nonprofit, we continue to reach more
people with the simple message: we are one people, one planet; let
Thinking of living a
lifestyle in harmony
with the earth while supporting social and environmental justice? Check
out the possibilities
we are offering.
We are prepared to offer
the following to those ready to live in community:
Living: We have four
cabins and additional rooms available for families, couples, or
individuals to reside here full time or seasonally.
have several small business opportunities and are open to cultivating
more, such as bee keeping, if people have the commitment and passion to
follow through. Small businesses already begun include wool fiber arts,
including sheep care, shearing, carding, spinning, natural dyes, and
artistic design; medicinal plants, including Chinese herbs, local herbs
and their use as teas, tinctures, salves and more; apple orchard and
small tree farm; and licensed commercial bakery.
period of two to four weeks prior to acceptance; written or oral
statement responding to the question: “Why would you choose to live at
Expected: We ask
that each individual strive for personal peace, has a willingness to
live sustainably, and comes with good intention to live in community
and to reciprocate in a fair and equitable manner that serves
themselves and the community.
No drug or alcohol abuse,
please. All pets will be evaluated for safety and the amount of space
If this is something that
interests you, write
We are looking to fill all available housing in 2017.
Echo Valley Hope,
501(c)3 educational and charitable nonprofit, sponsored people to
witness and support the efforts of the water protectors at Standing
Rock. The effort to protect the water and the earth continues on many
fronts, and Echo Valley Hope will continue to support those efforts in
any way we can. Thanks to all who contributed to allow us to have a
presence at Standing Rock to witness, to help, and to record what is
occurring there. Look for our new website, coming soon, with a page
dedicated to environmental struggles for clean water and conversion to
interviews and writings of Dena Eakles:
Bringing Standing Rock Home: Dena Eakles On
The Changing Frontline on Love and Revolution Radio
Sacred Hoop with Neshi Lokotz: Water
Protector Prayer Camp Experience on Blog Spot Radio (third
hour of this show)
The Calm Before the Storm: At Standing Rock,
a Pause and then Eviction in Progressive Magazine
Let Kindness Win, Dena's blog
Kopitzke with Dena Eakles on WDRT's "Conversations"
March 9 at 9AM Central
"Conversations," WDRT's newest weekly program,
features local guests. Listen to Dena's interview with Davis Kopitzke
about his decision to become a conscientious objector during the
Vietnam War. Listen in locally or livestream.
Kickapoo Teen Drop In
from 3 to 6PM at the Ontario Public Library
Learn to make salves and body creams with locally grown herbs. We will
also make a Japanese meal with sushi and yakisoba. Visit the Kickapoo Teen Drop In on Facebook
for more information.
April 10 at
7PM in Each County
Have your voice heard on the rights of nature. There is a public DNR
hearing and meeting in each county in Wisconsin. Find more information
on the DNR website.
Community. A word of many
connotations—a word overused until its meanings are so diffuse as to be
almost useless. Yet the images it evokes, the deep longings and
memories it can stir, represent something that human beings have
created and recreated since time immemorial, out of our profound need
for connection among ourselves and with Mother Earth.
— Helen Forsey from
Strength: Community Alternatives to