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January 2018


Winter is a perfect time to reset priorities. As we prepare to move into another spring, we refocus our attention on the land and what we can provide in the way of good food, herbs, and good times. Our commitment is to invigorate the life-giving soil, recognize the preciousness of water, and understand our intrinsic relationship to the earth and one another.

Photo of the two springs at Echo Valley Farm.

This year we will be increasing our herbal, food, and apple production. We will be setting up a farm stand as well as continuing with the farmers markets. And we will continue to move toward 100% solar and improved water reclamation and usage.

These are the things we are looking forward to in this soon-to-be Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Dog.

Internships are available from March through October 2018 for those with a sincere interest in and love of the earth. For more, contact us at 608-337-4578.

From all of us, a little "thank you" and our hopes for the New Year:



January 20: Protecting Our Communities

This will be a very important gathering of concerned citizens and environmentalists actively engaged in protecting the Driftless from industrial agriculture. 

We are hoping to broadcast live or to offer a recording of this event in Boscobel, Wisconsin. Please share widely and attend if you can. Learn more about this event on Facebook.


Ontario Food Cooperative

This year we will be participating in the creation of a food cooperative in Ontario. We recognize the importance of all people being able to eat good, clean food at fair prices and the need for local farmers to sell their products.

The effort will begin with a farmers market from May through October in Ontario, with hopes to see a brick and mortar cooperative by November.

Interested in helping? Plans for the farmers market will include activities for all generations, music, and more. If you can help by coordinating events, by broadcasting on social media and to your friends, or by locating local food producers who may be interested in participating in the markets, please let us know at 608-337-4871.

A New Activism
Sunday, January 21 from 10AM to 3PM at Echo Valley Farm

You are welcome to this ongoing monthly conversation about finding the strength and clarity to "make a better world."

A New Activism

WDRT's "Conversation" with Andi Cloud, member of the HoChunk Nation and environmental educator, and Dena is available online. Listen here.


The Chinese New Year of the Brown Earth Dog will soon be upon us, and we think that is reason to celebrate! According to Chinese astrologers, Brown Earth Dog Year reflects a good year for the earth and everything related to land. It will be a good year for those who are honest, disciplined, and engaged in conservation. In Chinese astrology, Earth is also connected to stability, meditation, and religion.

Sounds like a refreshing year, doesn't it?

Brown Earth Dog is also represented by the need to see over mountains (obstacles) in order to glean the best of the time. Wisdom is needed, and it is not a good year to be lazy.

We are hoping to get a good start in this New Year by celebrating the earth and all of you wise ones who love her. We are hosting a Brown Earth Dog gathering on Saturday, February 17. Let's celebrate a strong earth year! Save the date for this gathering at Echo Valley Farm. See you there!

Let Kindness Win is Dena's blog, including writings from "Consider This" to life on the farm, to reclaiming our humanity through efforts toward peace and sustainable / sacred living. You can find it here:

Echo Valley Hope is charting a path toward sustainable peace. The sun and the wind can supply our energy; gardens sown by loving hands can yield all that we need; water is life; and peace is possible. Simple truths hold viable solutions.

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Thank you to all who are supporting our efforts.



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