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Echo Valley Hope, Inc.

March 2017


When I founded Echo Valley Farm fifteen years ago, it was a gift to myself and to others who were beginning to see the need to live a more indigenous life, close to the Earth, learning from her and each other. Since then, hundreds of people from all over the world have come to visit, some for short- or long-term, some to reside here. It has been a fulfilling journey.

We approach the upcoming spring, the planning of gardens, the hope of abundance, and the reality of how important each individual is to the goings-on of the whole. Our lead gardener, Deb Hilt, has set her timeline for March, weather permitting.

Outdoors: rake beds; burn dead grass and weeds; compost beds with sheep and mule compost; invite sheep into gardens to help with composting and clean up.
: mix soil for Asian medicinals and early vegetables (kale, onions and leeks); germinate tomato seeds in moist towels (heirloom Cherokee purple, pink brandy wine, Amish paste, Sheboygan paste, yellow pear).

We will also take time to clean and prune more of the orchard, in hopes of an apple crop this year. Last year’s late and very deep frost destroyed the apple crop. Happily the commercial bakery, directed by Lauren West, is going very well, and helped us through the loss of our crop. Look for some new items from the bakery this year, like savory focaccia.

Jan Kenyon continues to develop our wool and woolen products. Her natural dyes come from the gardens here, and she is honing her skills on weaving and carding. Her artistic felting creations are full of fun, and she is always eager to teach those with an interest. Our master knitter, Margaret Webster, happily teaches the craft to all expressing interest. Catch her and you are sure to learn a lot!

I will continue to provide the animal care and push Echo Valley Farm toward 100% renewable energy – we are nearly there! I will also continue to exercise my voice in whatever ways I can towards humanity, living with respect of the Earth, and the possibility of Peace. With great thanks to all who have supported Echo Valley Hope, the educational and charitable nonprofit, we continue to reach more people with the simple message: we are one people, one planet; let kindness win.

Echo Valley

Thinking of living a lifestyle in harmony with the earth while supporting social and environmental justice? Check out the possibilities we are offering.

Best Wishes,



We are prepared to offer the following to those ready to live in community:

Living: We have four cabins and additional rooms available for families, couples, or individuals to reside here full time or seasonally.

Opportunity: We have several small business opportunities and are open to cultivating more, such as bee keeping, if people have the commitment and passion to follow through. Small businesses already begun include wool fiber arts, including sheep care, shearing, carding, spinning, natural dyes, and artistic design; medicinal plants, including Chinese herbs, local herbs and their use as teas, tinctures, salves and more; apple orchard and small tree farm; and licensed commercial bakery.

Required: Trial period of two to four weeks prior to acceptance; written or oral statement responding to the question: “Why would you choose to live at Echo Valley?”

Expected: We ask that each individual strive for personal peace, has a willingness to live sustainably, and comes with good intention to live in community and to reciprocate in a fair and equitable manner that serves themselves and the community.

No drug or alcohol abuse, please. All pets will be evaluated for safety and the amount of space available.

If this is something that interests you, write
We are looking to fill all available housing in 2017.


Clouds Echo Valley Hope, the 501(c)3 educational and charitable nonprofit, sponsored people to witness and support the efforts of the water protectors at Standing Rock. The effort to protect the water and the earth continues on many fronts, and Echo Valley Hope will continue to support those efforts in any way we can. Thanks to all who contributed to allow us to have a presence at Standing Rock to witness, to help, and to record what is occurring there. Look for our new website, coming soon, with a page dedicated to environmental struggles for clean water and conversion to renewable energy.

Radio interviews and writings of Dena Eakles:

Bringing Standing Rock Home: Dena Eakles On The Changing Frontline on Love and Revolution Radio

Sacred Hoop with Neshi Lokotz: Water Protector Prayer Camp Experience on Blog Spot Radio (third hour of this show)

The Calm Before the Storm: At Standing Rock, a Pause and then Eviction in Progressive Magazine

Let Kindness Win, Dena's blog


Conscientious Objector Davis Kopitzke with Dena Eakles on WDRT's "Conversations" 
March 9 at 9AM Central

"Conversations," WDRT's newest weekly program, features local guests. Listen to Dena's interview with Davis Kopitzke about his decision to become a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. Listen in locally or livestream.

Kickapoo Teen Drop In
March 19 from 3 to 6PM at the Ontario Public Library

Learn to make salves and body creams with locally grown herbs. We will also make a Japanese meal with sushi and yakisoba. Visit the Kickapoo Teen Drop In on Facebook for more information.

Wisconsin Conservation Congress
April 10 at 7PM in Each County

Have your voice heard on the rights of nature. There is a public DNR hearing and meeting in each county in Wisconsin. Find more information on the DNR website.


Community. A word of many connotations—a word overused until its meanings are so diffuse as to be almost useless. Yet the images it evokes, the deep longings and memories it can stir, represent something that human beings have created and recreated since time immemorial, out of our profound need for connection among ourselves and with Mother Earth.

Helen Forsey from Circles of Strength: Community Alternatives to Alienation

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