"Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much." -
Lambs coming in May,
apple blossoms ready to bloom, we are ahead of
schedule and enjoying every moment of it. The community garden will be
tilled this week and a summer of gatherings await. The objective is to
flourish and to enjoy and as always you are welcome…
There is a community
growing that knows no boundaries. It does not
strictly adhere to any religion, political point of view, race, wealth,
or sexual agenda. It is instead aligned with life and with kindness and
with honor for the Earth and for her people. And while it may seem a
very long shot to some, from where I sit I will place my bet on the
possibility of peace.
While we don’t have cows at Echo Valley, the sheep, goats, turkeys,
chickens and mules are surely enjoying the same freedom as these happy
S.O.U.L. (Save Our Unique Lands) is a grassroots organization whose
mission is to promote efficient and responsible management of
electrical power for the public good, while protecting the natural,
social and economic environments and citizens of Southwest Wisconsin.
For the past eighteen months a handful of people have been doing just
that. A few of us went to the recent SOUL meeting. We were impressed by
the nonpartisan, fact-based encounter. The commitment to protect the
land and the people of our region are evident. What is the effort? They
are engaged in a relentless request to the American Transmission
Company (ATC) for all information regarding the Badger-Coulee
Transmission Line to be made public. Currently a proposed 150-mile 345
kV transmission line would run from north of La Crosse to southern Dane
County through our pristine area.
These lines are the largest permitted in Wisconsin. They would tower
150-170 feet high, three times as high as the 55 foot Rockton Bridge
and five times as high as the 25-30 foot distribution lines along our
roads. Right-of-way for the proposed line could be 150 feet wide.
Many proposed corridors through our region are being considered. We believe it is in the best
interest of all who live in, or visit this magnificent land to make a
stand with SOUL.We
Visit their website for details on
proposed corridors and on meeting times and locations throughout the
month of April and throughout the Southwest region from LaCrosse to
Click here to read and sign their
petition to the Wisconsin Public Service Commission if you haven't
already. WNPJ COMES TO ECHO VALLEY FARM &
YOU ARE WELCOME
From 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., the Wisconsin Network for Peace & Justice
will host an open house for all local residents and organizations
interested in collaborations towards peace, justice and sustainable
issues. This meet and greet will be held at Echo Valley Hope’s yurt at Echo Valley Farm, and will give
everyone a chance to learn about each others’ efforts and to see how we
may be able to support one another.
For more information, call 608-337-4871.
Founded in 1991, WNPJ facilitates activities, cooperation and
communication among 163 organizations and individuals statewide,
working toward the creation of a peaceful and sustainable world, free
THE BRIDGE & BRINGING
IT HOME WITH JASON MOON
May 4 & 5
May 5, Echo
Valley welcomes back Iraq veteran, singer / songwriter Jason Moon
for Bringing It Home, a benefit concert bringing awareness
to the issues facing our veterans, to the important activities of Veterans
and to Jason's new nonprofit, Warrior Songs, seeking to help veterans
will be joined by singer / songwriter Christine Costanzo
and more TBA.
Concert from 2 to 4 p.m.
On May 4, Gather in Viroqua at 7:00 p.m. (location TBA) for a concert and
screening of On
the Bridge, a film representing the disturbing aspects of the
Iraq war. It seeks to break down stereotypes and stigmas related to
PTSD and the misrepresentations of Iraq War veterans through raising
awareness about what being a veteran means today. Moon wrote
and performed the soundtrack to the film.
Watch a trailer for On the Bridge here:
PEACE & SUSTAINABILITY
Peace & Well-Being
Conference in Brussels For the fourth year,
Echo Valley Hope will be celebrating UN International Day of Peace,
This year, our theme will be "Honoring the Earth and her People."
For inspiration, please click here
to watch a Peace and Well-Being Conference that took place in Brussels
in November 2011. People from more than 25 countries came together to
pledge their individual and organizational efforts to bring peace and
to celebrate this International Day.
Here is to making the voice of peace louder than the alternative!
VALLEY HOPE Let
We receive no
government grants or corporate funding. We rely on
individuals like you for support. With low overhead and all-volunteer
efforts, your tax-deductible donations will be applied to programs
advancing sustainable living and to promote initiatives of peace.
Echo Valley Hope celebrated World Water Day, March 22, and participated in the the Adventure Project and TPRF's
effort to raise funds to train mechanics to repair broken wells in
India. This successful effort will bring clean water to hundreds of
thousands of people.
Echo Valley Hope donated $500 and raised another $225, supporting one
Thank you to all who contributed.
financial goal this year is to raise $25,000 for our educational and
Thank you for your continued support. Special
thanks to Viroqua’s One Spirit Rising for their acknowledgement and
To make a donation:
check or money order to:
Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd.
F, Ontario, WI 54651,