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
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
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
Paulette Moore presents "The Spirit of Standing Rock" Friday, June
16, 7-9PM at the Vernon County Museum, 410 South Center Street in
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,
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
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 is an Artist/Filmmaker in Residence at
Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Moore is Kanien'keháka
(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.
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.
WILL FIND US
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
(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.
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.
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