The cycle of life
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.
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
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.
Echo Valley Farm, unless
June 15 - What Can We
Do Together? Everything
Echo Valley Hope welcomes individuals and organizations interested in
peace and sustainability to Echo Valley Farm.
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Open
House Meet and Greet
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gathering
lunch or dinner? $5 suggested free will donation.
Friday, June 21 - We Are All
A presentation and conversation offered by
Echo Valley Hope, 4:00
p.m. in the white tent at the MREA
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,
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
to the spoken words of Prem Rawat in a newly released book entitled
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.
participation and financial support.
Let Kindness Win.
the button above to make a tax-deductible one-time gift or become a
monthly supporter. Your donation of any size helps advance sustainable
living and promotes initiatives of peace.
To make a
tax-deductible donation by mail, send a check or money order to
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
E 14604 County Rd. F
Ontario WI 54651