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.
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.
ECHO VALLEY HOPE
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."
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: https://letkindnesswin.wordpress.com.
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.
Keep us going in 2018. Your secure PayPal
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