It is raining. After
several weeks of drought the gentle rain has come. Even the frogs
respond to the kindness of it.
And that is the
In August, Echo
Valley Farm will be ten years old. There have been droughts and floods
of all kinds. But the foundation of this place, the kindness, remains
firm. For those who do not know, Echo Valley Farm will soon be placed
into a trust with two other farms, allowing it to remain in
as a learning center.
Echo Valley Hope,
the nonprofit, is seven years old this year. The educational and
charitable 501(c)3 has gained a reputation for being on the front lines
in advancing sustainable living and for supporting all initiatives of
peace, which is its mission.
Echo Valley Farm is
funded by the people living here. The nonprofit, Echo Valley Hope,
offers free classes in sustainability, benefit concerts and
educational events on peace through the support of individuals like
you. We do not take grants from corporations or the government, and our
efforts are handled 100% by volunteers. Like the rain, it is about
It is my hope that
those of you who are taking the time to read this will also reflect on
what Echo Valley Hope has meant to you. If you have come and enjoyed
an event or class, or if you simply enjoy the newsletters and find
inspiration in the hope that is generated here, please consider
showing your support in two ways:
newsletter or our Facebook pages (Echo Valley Farm and Echo
Valley Hope) with
friends. Echo Valley is ready to expand and there may be someone out
there who would like to know about this learning center.
supporter of Echo Valley Hope’s activities. Know that you are
part of a
team that is redefining community and working to bring peace and
sustainability to all of us.
Each day we
and set our course for
the day. We walk gently on the Earth. We help one another. We have the
chance to feel a bit more humility and a bit more gratitude for little
things and for some things gone not to return.
Echo Valley is
thriving place, with or without the rain. It is because we choose it to
be so. The guests and WWOOFers who keep coming bring sweet gifts:
enthusiasm, curiosity, willingness, oh and yes, kindness.
still much to enjoy here in this season.
And as always,
...to all who have
become members of Echo Valley Hope this year, to those liking us on
and to all the volunteers making our efforts a success.
Special thanks to The
Roe Family Singers, Magnolia
Mountain Trio and
The Tillers for a fabulous benefit
for local food pantries, There
Enough. Thanks too, to our kind event sponsors: Hillsboro
Farmers Co-op, Royal Bank of Hillsboro, L.G. Nuzum Lumber of Hillsboro,
Farmers State Bank of Hillsboro, Mt. Tabor Mill and LaFarge Bank.
Count on another
bluegrass concert with these fine musicians
and more again next year.
We want to share our
New Year's video, "There Is Enough" with you again. We think
the concept bears repeating.
Prem Rawat, founder
will bring his message of peace to Chicago on Thursday, July 19, 7:30
p.m., at the Harris Theater.
This event is free
and you may reserve a seat online at Words of Peace Global.
Echo Valley has great respect for the work of Prem Rawat, his message
of peace and his humanitarian efforts. Please see
our blog on the TPRF
August 19, Echo
Valley Farm will celebrate 10 years of being. Come for a concert by Patchouli,
Vanessa and Julia McConahay, lots
of laughter, great food and good company.
RSVP to help us plan.
Peace on September 21 & 22 is still in the planning stages.
This will be our fourth year
to honor this international day of communion towards peace. If you have
ideas for the day, please let us know.
In two weeks, we
will be putting in place the first
of three sets of panels. Extensive heat and other calamity slowed us
down, but we will not be stopped. We have set the date of Oct 10, 2012
to be completely solar powered. We will keep updating you on this.
VALLEY HOPE Let
Echo Valley Hope
needs you. We don’t need a
government grant or corporate sponsorship. We need you to become a
member and to invite your friends. Why? It is time to raise the voice
of peace and it is time for self sufficiency in food and energy
production. It is time for healthy communities and for helping one
Echo Valley Hope is part of a revolution of
understanding and good will that is emerging. We are networking with
creative organizations and individuals holding out for the best for
everyone. Your support is needed to help fund our educational programs,
peace gatherings and to support our financial aid to like-minded
organizations and causes.
Your support is also a signal to those who say peace is not possible
that it is time to think again.
We are the little engine that could and we are fueled by you. We
have set a goal for 680 new members in 2012. We hope you will be one –
and thank you to all who have already become members this year.
Membership is a free-will, tax-deductible donation of $25.00 or
whatever you choose to give.
To make a tax-deductible donation
check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc., E 14604 County Rd.
F, Ontario WI 54651