Soon we will bid adieu to
four fine young men who journeyed from their homes in Taiwan to intern
with us for the month of July. People come and go from Echo Valley. It
was built for that. And with each coming and going we are all made
I have called this place
and all of the activities here an experiment. It is an experiment in
coexistence. It is an experiment in the creation of consensus. It is an
experiment in learning from the land instead of imposing upon it.
The playbook we follow is
kindness. The rules are simple and two-fold: respect yourself and all
else, and live as consciously as you can.
I am strengthened by the
words of the people who come here and find comfort in our simplicity,
peace in our efforts, and a path toward their own individuality. It is
the fuel that keeps this project going.
As I witness the
destruction, hatred, and violence that is shattering relationships,
communities, our nation, and our world, it gives me pause, but I never
doubt the possibility of peace. It takes courage to overcome our
natures of fear, self-doubt, shame, anger, and the like, but it can be
done. What is left for us then is quite simple and life affirming. What
is left when our bowls are empty is love.
As long as I live, I will
not turn my back on that. And as long as Echo Valley lives, people of
peace and lovers of the earth and of humankind are welcome.
Let it be our turn.
I am very glad to visit Echo
Valley Farm. I started to learn how to live in nature. Living as
consciously as you can, don’t let doubt defeat your beginner’s mind.
– Shang / Roger
The thing that inspired me most
is the respect of life. People coming from different places, countries
and backgrounds sharing brilliant times and learning respect, I think
this is life in color.
– Yu / Oscar
Everything, even a tiny plant
can be my teacher. They teach me how to be a patient person. It has
been a very meaningful and memorable summer for me. My appreciation.
- Ping / Allen
What I like about Echo Valley
are the people. They are friendly and treat me like family. I think the
people make this place fantastic.
– Bing / Peter
The conversations and wisdom,
which live in abundance at Echo Valley, will live inside of me for
years to come.
Kickapoo Teen Drop In
August 14 at
Echo Valley Farm
Find details for this and
upcoming dates on the Facebook page.
Tiny House on Wheels
27 at Echo Valley Farm
in windows and the door, and start siding!
Peace Week Milwaukee
August 14 -
Learn more about this
event on Peace Week Wilwaukee's website.
WILL FIND US: FARMERS MARKETS AND FAIRS
Park Farmers Market (Facebook page)
4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
at 5th and King Streets in La Crosse, WI
Local musicians. Check out our seasonal jams, jellies, baked
goods, herbal products, and felted creatures.
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Hillsboro, WI
ECHO VALLEY HOPE
"Peace is the Focus; Sustainability the
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.
ECHO VALLEY FARM
"Intentional human beings living in
Valley Farm is a community-sustained farm in
our 15th year. Created to give people a chance to learn from the land
and one another, we are transitioning into a sustainable farm
consisting of 95 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. Contact us.