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MARCH 2016

Precious Water

February 2016This is an in-between time. Not quite winter, not yet spring. For farmers it is a time to be aware of water. How much snow has fallen, how much water has it made? How quickly will it be gone? Is there enough for the plants and the trees? For the animals? For us? These are natural considerations of rural farm life, and then there are the unnatural. Water poisoning due to neglect or worse, acknowledgement of similar water poisonings throughout the country, like that on the Navajo reservation due to uranium mining. And, closer to home, the methane spill into the trout stream.

Private wells are becoming suspect due to the reduction of the water tables and the realization of what is a main cause in the reduction: the high capacity wells of industrial agriculture.

I know it is a lot to swallow. Pun intended. But now is not the time to avert our eyes. Now is the time to comprehend what is, and has been, going on. Now is the time to assert our human right to clean water, clean food, and clean air. Now is the time to stop the privatization and violation of this human right. We must come to the remembrance of water as sacred. Water as precious. Water as Life. How we treat water is in direct alignment with how we treat our selves, one another and the Earth. It is never too late, if we begin. Honor the Water. Love it. Fight for it. It is worthy and so are you.

This is the month that the UN celebrates Water Day, and while I have found their voice lacking in the strength needed at this time to stand up to corporate water grabbing and polluting, I welcome the start. Let us all continue to restore our pristine water together. One People, one Earth.

Image courtesy of Noho.


The Kickapoo Teen Drop In
Sunday, March 13, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
at the Ontario Community Center

This month’s gathering includes hands-on acrylic painting with Nikole Verde; the awareness and the study of soil testing and microscopic observance with Juliee de la Terre; and making beans and Native fry bread with Lauren West. Enjoy and participate in the music jam too.

For more, visit Kickapoo Teen Drop In on Facebook.

Turtle by Nikole Verde

Sowing Seeds of Love & Empowerment Through Song
May 12, 13, 14 & 15
at Echo Valley Farm

Songwriter Retreat

Weaving meaningful dialogue with the passion for songwriting is an art. Echo Valley Farm is excited to host Galynne Goodwill and Lauranne Bailey for this creative community building event. Together they will offer their love of teaching and of life in song. For costs, and to learn more about the retreat, click here.  


2016 Conservation Congress
April 11
Each year Wisconsin residents have the opportunity to speak with the DNR and fellow county citizens concerned with conservation of our lands and precious resources. It is the called the Conservation Congress, and it is a rewarding and learning time.

Vernon County’s meeting will be held in the Commons at Viroqua High School at 100 Blackhawk Dr. in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Click here for more.  


Weaving with Jan Kenyon
March 18, 19
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Echo Valley Farm

Call 608-337-4444 for more information.

Fundamentals of Tai Chi with Deb Hilt
Every Wednesday, April 6 - May 11, 1:00 p.m. -  1:50 p.m.
at the Ontario Public Library or, weather permitting, the Community Garden

Learn to relax as you move through simple exercises that increase body awareness. Practicing Tai Chi can help develop healthy breathing patterns and a calm mind. As a non-impact exercise, it strengthens the body with minimal stress to the joints and it improves balance, endurance, and strength. All abilities welcomed.
Come to any or all of the classes. For more, contact Deb at 608-337-4369 or

Deb and Vincent

Tiny House on Wheels
April 15, 16, 17
Come and explore the possibilities of living with a smaller foot print as Andy McClain returns to help us construct a tiny house on wheels - on the frame of an old RV. We will begin with the floor and work up. Future classes on this project: May 20-22, June 24-26, July 15-17, August 26-28. More details coming.

Beginning a Walipini
May 27, 28, 29
Weather permitting, this will be fun. Explore a walipini, or underground greenhouse, here.


Nature's Frequency
April 23
Visit the Echo Valley booth at this Earth Day event in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Click here for more.

The Land We Love
April 30
In honor of Earth Day, Echo Valley Hope will sponsor this event at the Ontario Community Center.

Meet the Echo Valley Hope Board
June 4
Enjoy a barbecue and live music as we celebrate another decade of the educational and charitable nonprofit Echo Valley Hope with our board members and supporters.

Midwest Renewable Energy Fair
June 17, 18, 19
Visit Echo Valley's booth at the Fair in Custer, Wisconsin. Click here for more.

"Peace is the Focus; Sustainability the Action"

EVHEcho Valley Hope is an educational and charitable 501(c)3 raising the voice of peace and sustainable living. Echo Valley Hope's mission is to support the well-being of all people and the earth through educational events and collaborations with like-minded organizations.You can find our efforts here. We are a 100% volunteer organization. You can support by volunteering or by contribution . Thank you to all who participate.

"Intentional human beings living in community"


Echo Valley Farm is a community sustained farm now in our 14th year. Created to give people a chance to learn from the land and one another, we have transitioned into a sustainable farm consisting of 100+ acres, a licensed commercial kitchen, and a wood shop including a portable saw mill.

We hold people and the environment before profit, and personal peace as the foundation of community. People are welcomed year round through WWOOF, Help X, Slow Travelers and other volunteer programs, or as guests. 

We have room for full- or part-time residents. If creating a new model of community in a rural environment and maintaining collaborations with like-minded people throughout the world is an exciting prospect to you, consider a short-term stay. We are growing.

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