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Summer is not so warm as usual...but the commercial kitchen sure is hot! Welcome to the grand opening of Echo Valley Farm Bakery. Lauren West is at the helm and you can taste our pizza crusts, chocolate tortes, bread sticks and more at the Hillsboro Brewing Co., or stop by Cameron Park Farmers Market Fridays 4-8 pm in La Crosse, or email or phone in an order from our kitchen to yours. You will always find great food and fair pricing.


The licensing of the commercial kitchen was one more step in demonstrating and developing a community-run farm. Our new drying shed will allow us to produce great herbal and Chinese teas. The gardens are up and running and the wood shop is ready for tiny houses and other projects.

Interested in creative community? Check us out and get in touch!   

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."  
- Charles M. Schulz

July 5
Echo Valley Farm Interview Broadcast on WBKM
9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT

Baruch Zeichner interviews Dena about the Echo Valley Farm community model and the efforts of Echo Valley Hope. Listen live on WBKM or enjoy the podcast online at Please share on Facebook.    

July 11  photo
Human Rights, Human Dignity: A Peacemaker Gathering 
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Echo Valley Farm 

Echo Valley Hope welcomes peacemaker Tawana Petty and musical guests, illuminating R&B vocalists The Remedy for a day long exploration of being human and getting it right.

Tawana is a mother, award-winning activist, social justice organizer, poet and author. She is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership and a member of Detroiters Resisting Emergency Management,  We the People of Detroit and the People's Water Board Coalition .

photo Everyone welcome, there is no cost for the event. Suggested $5 donation per meal. Bringing people together to listen, to learn and to celebrate.

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July 24 - 26
Experiencing the Joy of West African Drumming
Arrive Friday and stay for the weekend, or enjoy the class on Saturday only (10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) at Echo Valley Farm  


Helen Bond and Fode Camara (visiting from Guinea, West Africa) will return to Echo Valley Farm to bring cultural stories of life in Guinea, and offer workshops teaching traditional West African Drumming.

Come have fun and learn drumming techniques and solo patterns as well as a full rhythm on dunun drums (bass drums). A free-will donation of $30-50 to Motherland Rhythm Community is suggested.

Helen and Fode recently returned from making biosand water filters for families and are excited to share their stories with a presentation on the recent successful implementation of  Benkadi Project's clean water project and other efforts in Guinea.

Overnight accommodations are available at Echo Valley Farm. Suggested $5 donation per meal. Call 608-337-4578 for details and to reserve your space in the workshop!

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10th Annual Widening the Circle Concert  

Saturday, August 1 at Echo Valley Farm


Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Widening the Circle and Echo Valley Hope. Come out for a good time with good friends and good music. Here is a preview of our musical line-up so far:


The Getaway Drivers  TheyGuanaUs 

Jason Moon 


Visit the Echo Valley Hope events page for continuing updates! 

Paying Attention
The Forgotten Bomb
Wednesday, August 5, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Vernon County Museum, 410 S. Center Ave., Viroqua, WI  photo

It has been 70 years since the start of the nuclear age with the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan ... What is the legacy of nuclear weapons?  

A free community screening of the film The Forgotten Bomb will be hosted by the St. Mary Parish Chapter of Pax Christi USA. 

In August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

Walk to Protest Drone Training at Volk Field
August 18 - 25, Dane County Jail (Madison) to Volk Field, Camp Douglas 

Join Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, and the Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice as they walk approximately 90 miles from Madison, Wisconsin, to Volk Field where

Wisconsin Air National Guard pilots are trained to remotely operate drones. The week-long walk will be preceded by a kickoff event on Monday, August 17. For full details, visit the Facebook event page

Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All
International Day of Peace, Monday, September 21 

photo The 2015 theme for International Day of Peace is "Partnerships for Peace - Dignity for All" and we will be celebrating at Echo Valley. Join us on Saturday, September 19, as Echo Valley warmly welcomes back to the amphitheater (or the yurt, weather depending) blues musicians Joe & Vicki Price as well as Mark Adkins of Subvocal! Any organizations interested in partnering for this event should contact us at 608-337-4871.

Peace Week Milwaukee


What is Peace Week?  Designated the week of August 16 - 23, 2015, Peace Week Milwaukee is an opportunity for artists, activists, non-profits, faith groups, local businesses and other diverse organizations and individuals in our community who work so hard year-round for community action and social justice to highlight their efforts while raising a united voice of Peace.

All Milwaukee organizations, faiths, businesses and individuals are welcome to host an event towards peace and sustainability. Learn more and sign up to participate at

Thank You to everyone who supports the mission of Echo Valley Hope, an educational and charitable 501(c)3 nonprofit advancing sustainable living and efforts toward peace.

Your volunteer efforts and your financial support are greatly appreciated.

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world."
- J. R. R. Tolkien  

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