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Moving 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 consumption.


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 talk.

Photo compliments of Jan Kenyon


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.

EVHEcho 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


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:

LaCrosse Winter Market at Myrick Park in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. 


Read the most recent blog post at Let Kindness Win.

Seated Policeman

Photo compliments of Redhawk

"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 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 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.

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