Towards Freedom from Fossil Fuels
Echo Valley Farm is making
another big turn to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. In 2010 we
invested in solar power, which drives nearly 80% of our total electric
needs. Of course this was also made possible by our close examination
of where electric energy waste was occurring and then reducing our
This summer we made the
decision to eliminate our dependence on liquid propane and have
invested in a wood-burning cook stove for the main house. It is our
hope that by this time next year we will be propane-free. One way we
are ensuring warmth in the house is to reinsulate and refurbish the old
frame house with wood. It is looking beautiful and feels like a great
way to invest our energy and our money into a fossil-free future.
To make this 100%
propane-free turn, we will be working on hot water systems for the
house using solar and other means. This winter we will spend time
exploring possibilities and finding cost-effective and simple means to
do this. If you share our passion to be fossil-free and enjoy these
kinds of explorations and discoveries, stop by this winter and let’s
Photo compliments of Jan Kenyon
WITH THE OCETI SAKOWIN
Echo Valley Farm has a
winter camp at Standing Rock to stand with the Standing Rock Sioux
Tribe in their effort to stop the pipeline. Dena is there full-time,
and you can find her updates on her Facebook page, on Echo Valley Hope
and Echo Valley Farm’s pages, and on the Peace First and Ending War
group page. She is volunteering with the Oceti Sakowin Camp media.
Echo Valley Hope is supplying winter tents and
stoves to people who are
still in summer tents. You are welcome to help
us with your donation.
You can also donate to the camp directly.
As this is written, there are nearly 10,000 here at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
The Army Corp of Engineers has served an eviction notice to the camp
for December 5 – the day after nearly 2,000 veterans have recognized as
a day of deployment to help those at Standing Rock.
Echo Valley welcomes people to our camp. There is room in our heated
winter tents for people who can handle the harsh elements and are
willing to follow the Lakota lead until the end of this effort. Contact
Dena if you are ready for this.
If we can keep camp numbers at 10,000 or more, we will be sending a
signal to the world that the nightmare of fossil fuels is over, that
the days of broken treaties are over, that the time for harming
peaceful people is over. We hold the federal government and the
government of North Dakota responsible for violations against peaceful
people, and recognize these transgressions as violations of the UN
Declaration of Human Rights and the Laws of the Creator.
We also know that it is time for people of heart and peace to step
forward and reclaim our humanity, wherever you are. Walk with us.
Update at time of
sending this email:
Given the Army Corp's denial of easement and Energy Transfer
Partner's intent to continue, we have no choice but to continue to hold
in a peaceful prayerful way at Oceti Sakowin Camp.
Photo compliments of Redhawk
WILL FIND ECHO VALLEY GOODIES
While some of us are at
Standing Rock and many of us travel back and forth, help is needed to
keep the farm running smoothly. You are welcome to come for the day,
days, or longer. Help is needed with animal care, cooking, and other
odds and ends. Thanks to those who have been lending a hand.
You can find Echo Valley Farm goodies here this
Winter Market at Myrick Park in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on
select Saturdays at 10 a.m.
Read the most recent blog
Let Kindness Win.
Photo compliments of Redhawk
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 support by volunteering
or by contribution. Thank you to all who
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 100% sustainable farm.
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.