In this age of technology, we have this wonderful luxury of knowing how
people of peace from around the world are engaging their passion to
help the earth, to feed her people and to make things a little smoother
for all of us. This, coupled with the understanding that our common
unity is our humanity, has opened the door for wonderful exchange and
inspiration shared among people from all over the world. At Echo Valley
we embrace this exchange and are enjoying the fruits of our larger
Recently, a friend from England recommended the documentary The
Man Who Stopped the Desert. It is the life story of
Sawadogo of Burkina Faso and his simple and unrelenting effort to keep
his homeland for his people through traditional farming techniques. We
also learned that the nonprofit
OXFAM was celebrating International
Women’s Day with a DVD presentation on their new project entitled
Sisters on the Planet.
We asked for and received two short videos of triumphant women
around the world taking back the land for food production for their
These videos and others such as Back
to the Land by Gretta Wing Miller and Aarick Beher (about
our land here in the Kickapoo
the Next 7 Generations,
Words of Peace are
always available for viewing at Echo Valley. We champion these efforts
and are grateful to count these people of peace as friends.
Next month the children and adults of Echo Valley will visit
the Oneida People’s community farm in Oneida, Wisconsin.
And we will be visited by Fodé Camara and Helen Bond of
Rhythm Community, a nonprofit benefiting the people of
Africa, through celebrating and sharing the drumming and the culture of
the people (click here for more information on
this event). Echo Valley Hope also welcomes local people without land
utilize the community garden, Hope Gardens, again this year for their
own personal food production.
Breaking down the walls of separation, promoting a healthy and
sustainable exchange with the earth and all her people, we continue.
Fun-filled and inspirational events
are lined up for this season and,
as always, you are welcome.
not here to create a new type of community. I am here celebrating the
community I have grown to accept and cherish, the community of human
beings. Either everyone is in my community – or no one.
- From The
BENEFIT CONCERT for VETERANS FOR PEACE
Noon to 6 p.m.
Echo Valley Hope
hosts Iraq War veteran and Milwaukee-based folk/rock
special guest Thacia for a benefit concert
benefiting Veterans for Peace at
Echo Valley Farm in Ontario, Wisconsin.
Click here for directions.
Stange (with special guest
Bob, her spouse and VFP member) and Galynne &
MarkOnDrums will open the show.
All ages are welcome and food will be available for purchase.
$5 per person, all of which will be donated to
Veterans For Peace.
Moon’s album will be available for $10,
half of which will go to Veterans For Peace.
For details or to confirm
your attendance, call (608) 337-4871.
Moon was deployed in 2003 and performed frequently for his fellow
troops, but for over five years after
his return he was unable to finish more than a single song. Breaking
the cycle of PTSD and depression, he began to volunteer for
veterans-issue charities, and in 2009 he was interviewed for the
forthcoming documentary feature film On The Bridge. He
recorded one of
his original songs for the credits roll, which ultimately led to his
new album, Trying to
Find My Way Home. Moon is a tireless advocate for
issues and for peace, and Wisconsin
Network for Peace & Justice’s 2009 “Peacemaker of the
Year.” He will discuss
issues of PTSD after the concert.
Listen to his music here:
MEMBERSHIP & DOUBLE YOUR
Time to re-up your membership to Echo Valley Hope? Would you like to
help support the efforts to bring sustainability to all?
An anonymous donor has offered to match $15,000 in donations made to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc. this year.
About $11,500 dollars still remain to be matched.
If you share our
enthusiasm for peace and
sustainability, if you recognize the practical and powerful
efforts that we undertake, then
please consider a tax exempt monetary gift of support.
To make a
tax-deductible donation, send a check or money order to
Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
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