On March 22, 2015
people will honor the United Nations declared World
For many of us,
water remains an easily found commodity. Turn on the tap and there it
is. But throughout the world, due to overuse, chemical and other
disasters, climate change and improper planning, water has become a
scarce resource. It has become the stuff of corporate wrangling.
At Echo Valley, we
regard water as precious, and we hope to increase water awareness so
that our friends all over the world will be able to enjoy clean water.
This is primary to all of us. We hope this newsletter will highlight
organizations and efforts around the world for your enjoyment and to
help increase your stewardship.
FRIENDS OF WATER
Here you will find
links to a variety of local and international efforts towards water
that we support.
We hope their efforts will inform and inspire.
Week Milwaukee 2015 was invited to the Global Water Center where
innovation, technology and water activism come together under one roof.
There we met Nate Conroy of STEM, and learned of creative
initiatives towards water and our youth.
Enjoy the video:
Peace Week is
looking for people to write short pieces and record events
people are working towards peace and sustainable living.
Want to help?
Echo Valley Farm at the Women's
Resource Fair March
6 & 7
at Geneva Ridge Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Jan Kenyon will be presenting "Loving Wool," a discussion on crafting
with wool, Saturday at 1:45 p.m. Click here for more on the Women's
What Does Water Mean to You? Saturday,
March 21, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm
You are welcome to Echo Valley Farm as we celebrate the preciousness of
Videos on water, good conversation and great food will fill the day.
The Land We Love, an Earth Day
April 18, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
the Ontario Community Hall on Garden St. in Ontario, Wis.
Enjoy video and conversation regarding stewardship of land, water and
air - and, of course, great food. Organizations are welcome to exhibit
at no charge. This will be an opportunity to talk to neighbors about
issues affecting all of us. Hope to see you there.
From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., enjoy music and dancing with Tor
Eness and Friends.
Food, Water and
Shelter: Everyone's Right Saturday,
May 16, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm
You are welcome to this Peacemaker Gathering with great food and
Rivera Sun at Echo
Echo Valley will host Rivera Sun, author of Dandelion
champion of nonviolent change.
Up for a Trip to Canyon
A few of us will be visiting a Navajo sheepherder to lend a hand as
lambing takes place. We are departing around April 19 for one week to
Call 608-337-4578 for details.
Up for the Kickapoo Valley Reserve
Valley Reserve is a one of a kind treasure. Held in
consortium for nineteen years by locals, the Ho Chunk Nation, and the
Wisconsin Department of Tourism, its past ten years have brought
educational programs and eco-tourism to the area. Wisconsin's current
budget strategy would put the reins of the reserve in the hands of the
DNR, something local folks fought at the time of inception.
Frac Sand Study and Mining
The Natural Resources Board has directed the Department of Natural
Resources to conduct an analysis of frac sand mining in Wisconsin. This
analysis is a comprehensive, statewide study of the health and
environmental impacts of sand mining.
Citizen input is
welcome in this first phase of the study.
Email your written comments
to the DNR at DNROEEAComments@Wisconsin.gov or
Department of Natural Resources
1300 W Clairemont Rd
Eau Claire, WI 54701
More on the Transmission Lines
Please sign and share this petition.
On the Home Front: Zoning Hearing March
16, 6:00 p.m. in Sparta, Wis.
What's at stake? Putting an estimated 200 acre gravel pit that will
become a frac sand mine and operate through a nationally recognized
bike trail and Amish country for the next 50 years.
Please read this great article and write or call
Zoning Director Alison Elliott
14345 County Highway B, Suite 5
Sparta, WI 54656
ECHO VALLEY HOPE
Education Program Wednesdays at the Ontario Public Library or
Sundays at Echo Valley Farm
It's not too late to sign up for the 10 week Peace Education Class.
Contact Jan Kenyon at 608-337-4578 for more on this free, one hour
directive towards inner strengths.
of Tai Chi with Deb Hilt Every Wednesday, Feb. 4 - Mar. 25, 1
to 1:50 p.m.
at the Ontario Public Library
Learn to relax as you move through
simple exercises that increase body awareness. Class is free. All
Contact Deb: 608-337-4369.
with Jan Kenyon April 11 & 12
For more information, call 608-337-4578.
The Wonder of Gourds with Juliee
de la Terre April 25
For more information, call 608-337-4578.
ECO CIVIC INTERNSHIPS AVAILABLE This Summer
at Echo Valley Farm
Play an active role in environmental stewardship, learn about
sustainable food practices from garden to table to preserving, and
participate in consensus guided community.
Interns are now
welcome to apply for the 2015 growing season.
For more information call 608-337-4578 or apply here.
to everyone who supports the mission of
Echo Valley Hope, an
educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing
sustainable living and peace.