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May 2017


Image credit: Jan Kenyon & Noho

In a few short weeks, apple blossoms will be filling the valley with their sweet fragrance. The sheep have already begun their circuitous routes of taste testing all the fine greenery. The goats are meeting up with the mules in a display of solidarity. The saplings have arrived, and we will be planting pear, spruce, and chokecherry, and relocating maples and oaks. The effort to become 100% energy independent will continue as we explore the best and least expensive ways to create hot water for the old farmhouse. The greenhouses are buzzing, and fledgling plants will soon be going in the ground. A little snow and cold this week was unwelcomed, but nothing will avert the arrival of spring in all her glory, or stop Life from having its way.

That is part of the beauty and magic of Echo Valley Farm, but there is more. To those who recognize the intrinsic need we have to work and live in community and with the earth, Echo Valley offers sanctuary and experience.

For those to whom the idea of the rugged individual is no longer appealing or even logical, for those who are willing to listen as well as share, for those who honor and respect themselves and the earth and are willing to explore new paradigms of possibility based in personal peace – you are welcome to Echo Valley.

We are not a community of esoteric philosophy; we are action-based individuals choosing community. And we believe a better world is not only possible, it is being created everyday wherever people are honoring humanity and the earth.

In this time of unrest and turbulence created by failing systems of governance, energy production, and distributions of wealth and medicine, there is a need for more than talk. This year we will again be dancing with the environment, and we will learn from the Earth and from one another. You can also count on Echo Valley Hope to celebrate the actions and victories of people around the world and here at home who are standing up for the rights of nature, the integrity of being human, and peace.

If this conviction appeals to you, come on by. You are welcome.


Kickapoo Teen Drop In
Spring and summer sessions at Wildcat Mountain State Park
We are working out the details with DNR staff for May, June, July, and August, and will soon post them on our Facebook page

These free gatherings will offer hiking (with emphasis on plant identification), cooking (and eating), crafts, and more. Everyone welcome. Have suggestions for what you would like to see happen? Contact us.

Documentarian Paulette Moore presents "The Spirit of Standing Rock"
Friday, June 16, 7-9PM at the Vernon County Museum, 410 South Center Street in Viroqua, WI
Enter from Main Street, adjacent to the parking

Paulette Moore will present her film, "The Spirit of Standing Rock," followed by updates and discussion on the continuing activities to protect the water. The event is free, and refreshments will be available.

Saturday, June 17, 11AM to 5PM at Echo Valley Farm
Join documentarian Paulette Moore in a presentation of her film, "From Wisconsin With Love," and her newest endeavor, "Eagle and Condor." 

Eagle and Condor from Paulette Moore on Vimeo.

You are welcome to a conversation on what has been learned in environmental justice movements, what are the next steps, and the importance of indigenous media and indigenous-led actions. This event is free. Lunch will be provided for a free-will donation of $7.

Paulette Moore

Kahsto'sera'a Paulette Moore is an Artist/Filmmaker in Residence at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Moore is Kanien'keh�ka (Mohawk) of mixed Native and British heritage and an enrolled member of Six Nations of the Grand Reserve in Ontario, Canada. Moore spent two decades based in Washington, DC, working as a director, producer, and writer with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC, and other national and international media outlets.

Peace Education Program
Dates and times posted on our website soon
Echo Valley Hope will again be offering The Prem Rawat Foundation’s free 10 week Peace Education Program. Watch this short video to understand the need we all share for personal peace:

If you are interested in this program, please call Jan Kenyon at 608-337-4578


Citizen's Water Coalition of Wisconsin  

We urge all Wisconsin residents to become a part of the Citizens' Water Coalition of Wisconsin.
Read their letter of resistance to Senate Bill 76.

Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice (WNPJ) Spring Assembly  
May 6 at 10:30AM at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve

WNPJ will hold its annual Spring Assembly at the Kickapoo Valley Reserve. Discussions of member organizations begin at 10:30AM, followed by lunch. Shared information will follow, regarding divestment, sanctuary status, and more. It is free and open to the public. 


Full spread
Image credit: Nikole Verde

May 5 through October
Cameron Park Farmers Market (Facebook page)
Fridays from 4 to 8PM
at 5th and King Streets in La Crosse, WI

Enjoy local musicians at this weekly market.

May 14 through October
Downtown Dells Market (Facebook page)
Sundays from 9AM to 1PM
on the 700 block of South Oak Street in Wisconsin Dells, WI

A weekly farmers' market will begin Sunday, May 14, 2017. 

Echo Valley Hope will continue to post up-to-date information on Facebook, and on our newly redesigned and easy-to-use website. Look for updates on Standing Rock, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Keystone XL, and other nonviolent efforts to halt pipelines, as well as efforts toward environmental justice, sustainability, and peace.

Echo Valley Hope is sharing the work of people who understand that the simple solution is to love and honor the Earth; that the sun and the wind can supply our energy; that fields sown by loving hands can yield the bounty needed for human survival; and that water is life. Find our most recent updates on Earth Loving.

You can also read Dena’s blog highlighting the efforts of many to protect the water and land and to stand for renewable energy. 

Your secure PayPal donations help with costs and keep us going. Thank you to all who are supporting our work. 

Apple Branch
Image credit: Noho

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