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ALIVE!

The cycle of life plays so dramatically, who needs TV? The goat and soon-to-be sheep moms demonstrate the desire for life to go on with a tenderness worthy of respect. Chickens, turkeys and guinea fowl are free to wander – and to lay their eggs where it suits. Each day is an egg hunt. And it is good to be near when the chicks are escaping their shells to observe the wonder and to offer protection. When you steward land and animals and allow for their dignity, the observation of life is constant, nothing sterile, nothing hidden.

Unlike last year’s drought, the challenge and the blessing of water is being offered. It is hard to find dry moments to plant. When you do, it is done with hope that the seeds you are offering will take root. The deep lush green is soothing to the eyes and the songs of the birds are more plentiful.

Through it all there is the laughter, the shared existence of caring for one another and the exuberant knowing you have done your best. The raw simplicity of Echo Valley awaits you as we welcome June.

June at Echo Valley

Photos by Jan Kenyon




WE ARE ALL INDIGENOUS

The word indigenous literally means originating and living (naturally) in an environment. There are very few who claim to be indigenous and, because the word is used to imply primitive, very few care to be defined in this way.

Yet are we not all indigenous to the Earth? Do we not share the Breath of Life and are we not held by Earth’s loving embrace?

As the news each day heralds the latest oil “spill” or “genocide” (the words are gentrified and sterile to shield us from the absolute horror of it), we are comforted by the thought that it is all so very far away. Sit tight, the news of tomorrow is coming and it is likely closer than you think.

Look around. It seems to be coming down to this: either we accept our common humanity and our indigenous roots, or we destroy the Earth in our greed and ignorance and perish as fools.

We are all indigenous, and it may be time to have that conversation. It may be time to remember our collective and our distinctly unique and wonderful roots. It just may be time to celebrate, respect and give a bit of elbow room to one another. It may be time to acknowledge our differences and move on. And yes, it may be time to put peace first. First in our own lives and then to ensure this incredible garden we have been given is cherished and available to those yet to come.

This is the choice of our time.




UPCOMING GATHERINGS 
At Echo Valley Farm, unless otherwise noted

Saturday, June 15 - What Can We Do Together? Everything
Echo Valley Hope welcomes individuals and organizations interested in peace and sustainability to Echo Valley Farm.

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open House Meet and Greet
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gathering

Staying for lunch or dinner? $5 suggested free will donation.

Friday, June 21 - We Are All Indigenous
A presentation and conversation offered by Echo Valley Hope, 4:00 p.m. in the white tent at the MREA Fair

Saturday, July 20 - There is Enough
The 3rd anniversary of this bluegrass / blues / roots benefit concert at Echo Valley Farm for local food pantries, 4:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Returning to the outdoor amphitheater are three of our favorite bands: The Tillers, The Getaway Drivers and the songwriter who penned the song from which this benefit derives its name, Mark Utley of Magnolia Mountain.




SOLAR UPDATE

In November 2012, Echo Valley put up 3 solar arrays. We reduced consumption of electricity, learned a lot about where energy comes from and made conscious choices to be better stewards of the Earth.

If you are interested in learning about solar and how we are reducing our electric bills, feel free to stop by for a tour. Echo Valley is a proud supporter of SOUL.




Kudos to Mt.Tabor Mill for carrying a new line of non-GMO feeds, helping people and their animals by providing non-genetically modified grains. Glad to have you in the 'hood.

Mt. Tabor Mill can be reached at (608) 489-2241.



YOU ARE ALIVE

With so few resources championing humanity and peace without a “hook,” we invite you to the spoken words of Prem Rawat in a newly released book entitled The Greatest Truth of All: You Are Alive.




ECHO VALLEY HOPE is busy with the business of life. In 2013, our nonprofit has met with more people, worked with more organizations and acted on more initiatives of peace than in years past. With your help, this promises to be a very good year.

Thank you for your participation and financial support.
Let Kindness Win.

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Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651



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