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March 2018



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 meander.

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 cooperative here.

As industrialized 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 Facebook page.

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.

The Kickapoo 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 cooperative.

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 programs.

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. Everyone welcome.


DenaI 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 Kindness Win.

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...

Much love,


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