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The Peace Warrior by Dena Eakles
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Echo Valley Hope, Inc.

Sharing Our Common Unity

These days are rich with wonder as the goats are having babies, the sheep romp happily through the open fields awaiting their turn to lamb, the fireflies keep us awake at night in wonder, and the gardens grow.

The WWOOFers who are passing through have been delightful in their appreciation and in their help, and our effort to learn and network with others in sustainability and peace is yielding a wonderful network of amazing people and communities. Our commitment towards Peace First and Ending War continues, and we hope you are enjoying the events and commentaries provided.


Hear our inspiring SKYPE call with author and intentional human being, Grace Lee Boggs. Grace spoke to us during our recent Gathering for Peace about creating community and the human evolution towards sustainable peace. Soon to be 96, her exuberance for living is infectious. Happy Birthday, Grace.

You can learn about the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and purchase Garce Lee Boggs's book, The Next American Revolution, at

July 1 - 4

On Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m., enjoy the music of singer / songwriters Christine Costanzo and Vanessa. We will be spending the weekend cobbing, baking in the new outdoor clay oven and watching lambs at play. Musicians welcome to come and jam--bring your instruments!

July 23, 4:00 p.m.

The Tillers

Welcome Cincinnati, Ohio bluegrass band The Tillers and Mark Utley of Magnolia Mountain to Echo Valley Farm
for a concert celebrating abundance and peace.

Free-will donations will be shared by Valley Stewardship Network and The Cornucopia Institute.

Mark Utley also spearheaded the CD project Music for The Mountains, a benefit to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.
Purchase it online here.

July 22 - 23

Learn to make your own cigar box guitar with Roger Wendover of Artisan Guitar Creations in LaCrosse.
This is a two day class at Echo Valley Farm:
Friday from 4 to 7 p.m & Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The suggested donation is $35 and you keep your guitar. Space is limited, so please reserve yours by calling 608-337-4871.

For more information on cigar box guitars, click here.

Cigar Box Guitar

SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT Prem Rawat and his wonderful speech to the citizens of Mazara del Vallo, Sicily, Italy, as they celebrated a Week of Peace and Solidarity. Click here and scroll down the page to watch the video.

Fair Highlights

Thank you to all who stopped by our booth at the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair, or attended the talk "Let the Land Teach You."

A few of the fair highlights:

  • WNPJ's hosted discussion about mining the Penokee Watershed. For more info visit

  • Meeting up with local folks trying to have a say in the proposed Badger-Coulee Transmission Line. Visit S.O.U.L. of the Kickapoo.

  • Learning more about the high price we pay for coal from an amazing group of people, The Beehive Design Collective.

  • Special thanks to Galynne Goodwill and MarkOnDrums for their statement of appreciation to Echo Valley Hope from the main stage and on their wonderful new album.

  • Practical and simple sustainable technologies from Sustain Jefferson.

  • Growing Power's Will Allen offered a fabulous keynote on Community Food Systems.


    Here are the Southern Water Walkers as they passed through our area on their way to meet up with walkers from the west, north and east.

    Water Walk

    It was great to have you visit and to walk with you. Thank you for the reminder of the importance of life-giving water.

    isit Mother Earth Water Walk and Empty Glass for Water for more.


    You can help ensure the efforts toward sustainable living and peace continue.
    Echo Valley Hope, Inc. has nearly $10,000 left to match in 2011. No salaries paid and very low overhead allow us to put your donations towards free classes in sustainability, building community and supporting initiatives of peace.

    If you like our hands-on and positive approach and would like to support our efforts, you are most welcome.
    Become a Friend of Echo Valley Hope and help the good will to continue.

    To make a tax-deductible donation, send a check or money order to:
    Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd. F, Ontario, WI 54651,
    donate online securely through PayPal here,
    or donate on Facebook here.

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