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July 2017



Sometimes a creation takes on a life of its own. Sometimes that is good, and sometimes one needs to assess if the creation is in fact fulfilling its dream. That is the question I have posed about Echo Valley, and the upshot has been to reduce, reuse, and recreate anew. I am calling it our Renaissance, a French word literally meaning "rebirth."

Part of this assessment is practical: in order to become fully sustainable, some structures need to go, giving way for more self-sustaining and functional items like good roofing to collect water and a hoop house.

In part, it is a reflection of the question, "Are we living to our potential?"

The principles which underscore our activities here will continue: Respect for oneself, and all else, and living consciously. So too, we will continue to be guided by the pursuit of peace and to walk a path of beauty and dignity, learning from the land and from each other.

So in keeping with the spirit of community, we are welcoming old friends and new to participate in this quite literal transformation beginning August 15 - and of course nature has provided us with an abundance of apples this season, so we will be harvesting and producing everything apple.

We will be posting more details as they emerge. Bring a hammer and a bag for apples. Here we go. Moving closer to being 100% fossil fuel free!


Tuesday, July 18 and August 8 from 11AM to 2PM at Wildcat Mountain State Park in Ontario, WI


Learn about the Kickapoo River Valley, and enjoy a nature hike, plant identification, and a good meal. Free parking passes will be available. We meet at the lower level picnic area, off of Highway 33. Everyone welcome. There is no cost. Please call 608-337-4578 to confirm attendance.

Read more about it in on our Facebook page.


While the assaults on the land and on our psyche continue to mount and corporations insist on utilizing outdated forms of fossil fuel, we are heartened by the rising tide of friends who are saying “NO!” Please watch this wonderfully informative short film about the Lancaster pipeline resistance.

And, from Native Hope, "It takes all of us working together." 



Fridays 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.

Sundays through October 1
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 is in full swing. 

September 2, 3, and 4
Echo Valley Farm’s Super Duper Yard Sale
E 14695 County Road F, Ontario, WI
Housewares, furniture, gardening, linens, tools, books, and more. For more information, call 608-337-4578. 


Dena is producing a short piece called "Consider This" that airs on WDRT 91.9 FM every Thursday at 5:30PM, CST. Listen live or stream it.

You can read each month's two-minute segment on her blog, Let Kindness Win.


IyahWhen I visited Echo Valley in the summer of 2016, I felt like I'd found something I'd been looking for. A place for me to grow as a human. I came back with no specific expectations except to become, not a new person, but more of myself. I was doubtful of myself before I came. That somehow I wouldn't be good enough that they would want me to stay. I'm used to the pressure of having mistakes hung over my head and used against me. What I've learned here is mistakes and failures happen, but in those moments there's a chance to evolve, to change course or perspective. I appreciate so much the opportunity to be here, learning so much and also giving in return. Everyday I'm happy for what I get to do and the lessons I get from observing. It's like re-learning how to learn. I've been here almost two months. The fact that I can say this much means there is so much more to discover inside myself that I can bring into this place and into the world.

- Iyah Brown, summer intern at Echo Valley Farm


Echo Valley Hope champions 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 or on our Facebook page.

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