Step into Life at White Rose Farm!

Welcome to our blog.
Posted 11/16/2017 7:01pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

 

Thank you to those of you who ordered our Harvest Special last weekend!  

I appreciate your support and hope and trust you enjoy the farm's food! 

Our next delivery to the Metro areas will be Sunday, December 10. We will have butternut squash, sweet potatoes and Daikon Radish. Also Jerusalem artichokes, if there is interest. I will send out another e-mail closer to the 10th.

Meantime, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Thankfully,

Sally  

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/13/2017 12:25pm by Sally Voris .

  

Last week, we had temperatures in the 70's; last night, the temperatures hovered around 20 degrees. The fields were lush green a week ago. On Sunday morning, a heavy layer of frost covered the grass which had turned muted tones of brown. A young volunteer and I pulled produce out of the garden on Thursday in quiet, misty weather. Other friends helped me put the plastic back on the hoop house yesterday. The farm is preparing quickly for winter and a new chapter.  

A NEW CHAPTER: As this season ends, several friends have suggested that we hold a party celebrating my time as farmer at White Rose Farm. We have scheduled two dates: Saturday, December 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We want to create a collage of pictures and a collage of stories, so if you have either you would like to share, please plan to bring them or send them. Meantime, I ask that those who are so moved to pray and send energy that the next right people come to the farm before the start of next season.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The dream for White Rose Farm still holds: a place to connect people with the beauty, bounty and balance of nature. An economic development specialist is helping develop a model featuring overnight stays at the farm, farm experiences and great produce as a way to make the farm both financially sustainable and fulfill its dream.    

THE LAST PRODUCE: Some of you ordered a special harvest bounty: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and a gallon bag of salad greens for $25 for delivery this weekend. I will send out this week's special by Wednesday of this week, to be delivered by the weekend. Your purchase will help prepare for our next chapter.  

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! Farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, is buying and sending seeds to Rincon, Puerto Rico, where his daughter lived until recently. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Feeling the brace of change in the air, 

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/8/2017 11:17am by Sally Voris .

  

Jaqui MacMillan led our drum circle to honor the ancestors last Saturday night. Fifteen others came. We honored our blood ancestors and those who have inspired us. "Pure love," said one participant. "Perfect!" said another. Thank you, Jaqui!  

A NEW CHAPTER: As this season ends, I am feeling called to start a new chapter. The details are still sketchy: what is clear is that a new farmer or farmers are needed to manage the farm day-to-day. I am working on a job posting and asking those who are so moved to pray and send energy that the next right people come to the farm before the start of next season.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The dream for White Rose Farm still holds: a place to connect people with the beauty, bounty and balance of nature. I am working with an economic development specialist to develop a model featuring overnight stays at the farm, farm experiences and great produce as a way to make the farm both financially sustainable and fulfill its dream.    

THE LAST PRODUCE: This will probably be the last season where my hands are the primary hands this land knows. I'd like to offer a special harvest bounty: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and a gallon bag of salad greens for $25 to be delivered before Thanksgiving. We also have cooking greens (Swiss Chard), turnips and Daikon Radish, pick two for an additional $10. Your purchase will help me and the farm prepare for our next chapter. 

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! Farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, is buying and sending seeds to Rincon, Puerto Rico, where his daughter lived until recently. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Feeling the brace of change in the air, 

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/3/2017 8:33pm by Sally Voris .

  

HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS AT A DRUM CIRCLE

Led by Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

 

May we honor our ancestors and receive energy and wisdom from them as we celebrate Halloween and All Saint's Day!    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/29/2017 11:48am by Sally Voris .

  

HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS AT A DRUM CIRCLE

Led by Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat last Saturday gave women a chance to share deeply. Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! I recently learned that another farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, was planning to buy and send seeds to Puerto Rico. Tom's daughter recently lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. They are hoping to send $1,200 worth of seeds. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Response to Wild Fires in California: I am feeling called to respond to the damage caused by the wildfires in California. I may head to California for some part of the winter and recruit a  young farmer(s) to take on the farm work here. I will keep you posted as my plans become firm. 

May we honor our ancestors and receive energy and wisdom from them as we celebrate Halloween and All Saint's Day!    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/22/2017 7:38pm by Sally Voris .

  

This week, two families came to dig sweet potatoes. A father and teen-aged son drove their shovels into the moist dirt to loosen it. Then two younger siblings picked  the sweets out of the ground. An aunt and niece came with young boys. They dug carefully, nearly caressing the sweet potatoes as they found them. As they worked, they shared stories and memories. Meantime, their young boys ran around the farm.The sweets are now dug and curing for winter. 

Now the leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver some 2,000 bags of leaves a year to the farm. We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!   

In addition to food, we are offering other ways to raise consciousness:   

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, October 28 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the farmhouse, 5009 Teeter Road.

Join a group of women who gather at the change of the seasons to reflect on the rhythms and seasons of their lives. We share our stories, create a seasonal ritual, share food, and engage in an art activity. Bring food to share and wear comfortable clothes. Suggested donation: $25/regulars; $15/first timers. Register here.                                                      

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and have been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

As the crispness of fall weather finally arrives, may we savor the season.    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/14/2017 7:30pm by Sally Voris .

  

"Assume you have enough. Assume that everything you need will be provided..."    Those words came to me from the spirit of my father and his mother one day as I  worked on the old farmhouse.    

These words came back to me this morning. I have listened to news of the Calfornia wildfires, the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and the Presidential executive orders. I have also heard advertisements for one product after another, all addressed toward filling a need for something we lack.

The farm has taught me to raise my consciousness, as I raise food. Imagine beauty, bounty and balance--and watch it unfold. Imagine the fertile land that America is. Reconnect with that essential truth.  

This morning, a family of eight came to help in the garden. We dug sweet potatoes, picked green beans, tomatillos, turnips, lettuce, mustard, arugula, pumpkins and squash. We will eat great, fresh food this week. 

There are more sweets to dig--this Tuesday all day and Thursday evening are the best times to dig them for storing over the winter. Come enjoy the garden and take home some great food!   

In addition to food, we are offering other ways to raise consciousness:                                                                                    

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)  

Monday, October 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.

Vickii Engel Thomas, MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests reading this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ where there are "a ton of wonderful videos and images" to educate and inspire  Cost $25.00. Register here. Download a flyer here

We need a minimum of six people to sign up by Sunday, October 15 at 9:00 p.m. to hold this workshop! 

 GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown, MD 

  

Marie Monn will lead our program which will include an introduction to mindfulness. The event will be held at the Retreat House. It is free and we will collect money to donate to women refugees. Register here.

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and have been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

As the events seem to spin out of control in our world, may we find comfort and support working with each other.   

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/12/2017 7:45pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

 

SWEET POTATO DIG: Saturday, October 14, from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m. 

Help us dig sweet potatoes! Children are fascinated by most every root crop, sweet potatoes included. Take home several pounds of sweet potatoes (they are best cured for storage for about two weeks.) Every family unit can harvest a pumpkin of your choosing. We also have great veggies in the garden. A large tub is $30.00.  

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)  

Monday, October 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.

Vickii Engel Thomas, MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ to get "a ton of wonderful videos and images."  Cost $25.00. Register by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. Register here. Download a flyer here

 

 

 

Hope to see you soon!   

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/1/2017 3:10pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

"I keep getting an image of a great cosmic tree that has roots that go deep into the center of the earth and branches that connect with the heavens. The roots provide a stability that can't be shaken and the branches and leaves provide a protection from all the storms flying about outside of this space.”           

                                                                                                      -- Robin Kissinger 

Now, more than ever, gathering at the farm can heal and refresh us.  

After a puppet show last Saturday, we gathered for a pot-luck meal and a fire circle. The air was clear, fresh and slightly cool. The sliver of the moon sank low in the sky. A dome of stars appeared above us; the Milky Way faintly visible. The fire's glow illuminated our faces. A young boy and girl roasted marshmallows and stuck the ends of their sticks into the embers. Above the drone of crickets chirping, we heard boys calling and the rumble of a little red wagon as they pulled each other around the farm. Click here for more images of the puppet show. 

A friend commented, “This is so grounding.” The warmth of the fire and the warmth of our spirits seemed to intertwine. In past years, some sang solos boldly. This year, we sang rounds softly, our voices blending together, as if we were comforting each other and humbly embracing our shared humanity after another week of devastating news. We began as acquaintances; by the end of evening, we felt our hearts as one.

DRUM CIRCLE FOR PEACE: Saturday, October 7, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Gathering around the fire was so grounding and so soothing, we'd like to offer it again. This time with the focus on drumming for peace (though singing and dancing are good too.) We want to support an initiative we learned of through the Global Sisterhood of women coming together to press for peace in Israel:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/sister%40unify.org/15eb4febffd14da4

We are inviting circle members and their guests. It will again include a potluck meal. We will accept donations to support this event.   

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), will be led by Vickii Engel Thomas, Monday, October 16, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Vickii  MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests reading this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ where there are "a ton of wonderful videos and images" to educate and inspire  Cost $25.00. Register here

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING, Thursday, October 19, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Marie Monn will lead our program which will include an introduction to mindfulness. The event will be held at the Retreat House. It is free and we will collect money to donate to women refugees. Register here.

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui McMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. More details soon. 

As the nights begin to cool, may we once again find our inner fire.  

Warmly,

Sally

 


    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/25/2017 8:11pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

"I keep getting an image of a great cosmic tree that has roots that go deep into the center of the earth and branches that connect with the heavens. The roots provide a stability that can't be shaken and the branches and leaves provide a protection from all the storms flying about outside of this space.”           

                                                                                                      -- Robin Kissinger 

Now, more than ever, gathering at such a space can heal and refresh us. So we offer: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, September 30 from 10:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Join a group of women who gather at the change of the seasons to reflect on the rhythms of their lives. Bring food to share and wear comfortable clothes. Suggested donation: $25/regulars; $15/first timers. Register here

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), led by Vickii Engel Thomas, Monday, October 16, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Vickii  MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests reading this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ where there are "a ton of wonderful videos and images" to educate and inspire  Cost $25.00. Register here

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING, Thursday, October 19, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Marie Monn will lead our program which will include an introduction to mindfulness. The event will be held at the Retreat House. It is free and we will collect money to donate to women refugees. Register here.

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui McMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. More details soon. 

As we experience the fall equinox, may we help bring balance to our world. 

Warmly,

Sally

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Our next delivery

Our next delivery to the metropolitan areas will be Sunday, December 10. 

Support the Circle!

White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. fosters community to empower people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Learn more about membership and/or donate to support our 501-c-3 non-profit organization. 

Mailing list sign-up