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Posted 4/28/2016 4:04pm by Sally Voris .

Several people have asked is there a rain date for the May Day Celebration? There is no good rain date--the next Sunday is Mother's Day. Here is our latest plan: 

On Sunday morning by 9:00 a.m., I will decide based on the weather and the weather report whether to cancel the event or not. I will post a notice on the website and send an e-mail to the farm's e-list. One year, it poured and we canceled the event.
If the weather is iffy, we will go forward--with a back-up of holding events in the studio and the barn: we can do crafts and flower baskets. Ingrid can perform the puppet show. Another friend, a storyteller, is preparing a story. The band can perform in the barn. It may not be ideal, but it is decidedly real. 
Hope we can make this happen and hope to see you!  
P.S. Yes, you can pay by check or cash the day of the event.  The weather forecast has changed every day I have checked. So I suggest you wait, and pray for good weather. This will be a great event if we can get it in!!!!
Posted 4/24/2016 1:51pm by Sally Voris .

Our traditional May Day Celebration just got even more engaging for the whole family! 

Puppeteer Ingrid Cowanhass of Beechtree Puppets based in Takoma Park, Maryland will perform "Butterfly Wonder, A Tale of Metamorphosis" in addition to our traditional May Day Celebration! The 17-minute show features hand-crafted puppets performed on an apron stage. (Ingrid will make REALLY easy and simple paper butterflies afterwards for the children to fly around the garden) 

In the show. Inchy the caterpillar, has just popped out of his egg! He makes new friends, hides from the bird, and eats many leaves before spinning his cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly.  Songs and short dialogues introduce the flowers, animals (a hungry caterpillar in three sizes, a mouse, robin, a bee and of course the butterfly), and the change from daytime to the moon and stars of night.

This will  be a wonderful addition to our traditional May Pole festivities including the May Pole Dance accompanied by Artie and the Vipers, a folk band based in Baltimore and known for its Morris dances with accordionist Mark Vidor.   

Join us as we celebrate the glory of Spring and new life! 

Click here for a flyer; click here to register for the event. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm, 410-756-9303

Posted 4/20/2016 5:35pm by Sally Voris .

Just a reminder that the Early Bird Special for the following program ends today.  Retreat yourself with 

Yoga, Essential Oils & a Healthy Spring

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown, MD. 


Laurel Brennan will lead a workshop that includes Vinyasa-style yoga, and then information about how to use essential oils to soothe muscles, clean your home naturally and how to protect yourself, your children and your pets using natural and organic essential oils. Cost is $40. We have extended our Early Bird Special to April 20. Space is limited. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris 

Posted 4/13/2016 5:10am by Sally Voris .

Just a reminder of programs planned at White Rose Farm! 

Yoga, Essential Oils & a Healthy Spring

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.

Laurel Brennan will lead a workshop that includes Vinyasa-style yoga, and how to use essential oils to soothe muscles, clean your home naturally and how to protect yourself, your children and your pets using natural and organic essential oils. Cost is $40. We have extended our Early Bird Special to April 20. Space is limited. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. 

Our Women's Circle 

Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m.

A circle of women within our wider network gathers 8 times a year at the change of the seasons to be present to each other and to the land. Space is limited. Bring food to share. Cost is $25: $15 for first-timers. Click here for more information. Click here to register. 


May Day Celebration

Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we recreate a old-time Spring tradition--weaving stain ribbons around the May Pole. Artie and the Vipers will provide music. Bring your family and friends; pick fresh herbs and flowers; make garlands, crowns and staffs with ribbons and flowers and join in the procession! (or sit back and watch.) Taste delicious food grown and prepared at White Rose Farm. Extra farm goodies will be available for purchase.   Cost: $10/adult; $5/child; or $25/family. 10% Early Bird discount for those who register by April 24th. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. 

I will share more details about our upcoming season soon.

Meantime, Happy Spring! 


Sally Voris, White Rose Farm, 410-756-9303

Posted 3/29/2016 10:39am by Sally Voris .

I will be introducing participants to key concepts of world-class gardener Alan Chadwick at The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture conference held at the Harvard Divinity School this week and co-sponsored by that school and the Biodynamic Association. 

The work of Alan Chadwick has deeply inspired me, through two books, Performance in the Garden and Reverence and Obedience and the Invisible in the Garden. They also created a set of 7 CD's featuring Chadwick's lectures, all edited by Stephen Crimi. They are available at . 

As a taste of his work, I offer these snippets from Chadwick: 

...the whole world is governed by a pulsation...this pulsation is like breathing; it is in and out, relaxation and tension, the Sun rises and the Sun sets, the moon rises and the moon sets and the cycles come and go but none of them are ever a repetition. And of course, it's not only the year, it's not only a month, it's not only a day, it's not only an hour; it is every moment There is no time. And there is throughout life and creation, balance. The balance that comes from day and night, hot and cold, love and hate, this and that, yes and no. And therefore, the whole vision of biodynamic growing is that you enter the garden because you love creation.


And so it is that in this madness of taking about the garden or the farm we have consistently to think of food, and then you think of the emporium that sells it all, in bags at the government shop.

And this food is what? Is it exactly the same as breathing in and out. It is change. It isn't what feed you at all. In a certain sense not at all. It's the metamorphosis. ...and this is exactly what the whole procedure of food is: that it is turning it from one live turning it from one live spiritual thing into another that is energy. The hands of God. What an immaculate thing is food! How can your turn food into a utility? You can feed by breathing pure aroma. You can feed by breathing while listening to music. You can feed by observing color. All of this is a form of food because it is a form of metamorphosis....

May we enter the garden this spring dancing with Creation! 





Posted 1/3/2016 8:03pm by Sally Voris .

Now is a great time to visit the farm for a quiet retreat! January is the quietest month of the year, a great time to enjoy the stillness and peace of the countryside. The Retreat House is available for overnight visits. Here is the link to the farm's airbnb site:

We also have programs planned for January:


January 16, Chakra Balancing with Yoga and Essential Oils led by Laurel Brennan

January 23, Introduction to Yoga with Shawn Essed  for our full moon gathering

January 30, Sacred Women's Circle

Here is a link to the flyer for the Chakra Balancing program with Laurel Brennan. 


Hope to see you soon and Happy New Year! 



Sally Voris, White Rose Farm, 410-756-9303

Posted 1/3/2016 3:38pm by Sally Voris .

Thank you to the 25 people who sent donations to support our new non-profit organization, White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. We appreciate every gift and the heart-full connection that accompanied it. We now have seed money in the bank to support our Circle and its next steps! What a great gift you have given us to start the new year!  

The Circle has scheduled a winter visioning on January 24 and 25 at the Retreat House at the farm to develop its capacities: facilities, finance, membership, board development and programs.If you have an interest in being part of the process, please let me know. 

Thanks again and Happy New year! 


Sally Voris, White Rose Farm, 410-756-9303

Posted 12/24/2015 12:35pm by Sally Voris .
"The world in silent stillness lay to hear the angels sing."
Those words resounded in my mind this morning
As I woke to the wind blustering outside my window,
Rain hitting the side of the house. Thunderstorms are predicted later.
The weather is edgy, and I am edgy too. 
What does it forebode when the weather changes so dramatically? 
Where is the silent stillness that the Earth has held for us for so long? 
I sit down to write and notice the candle flame burns steadily.
One small flame holding true to its essence. I imagine that I can too! 
Holding silent stillness inside as new patterns emerge; the familiar dissolves.
What a great gift that would be for the Earth and for each other.
To hold the silent stillness that welcomed the Christ child. 
Merry Christmas!
Posted 12/24/2015 7:04am by Sally Voris .
Winter solstice
Gaia Circle, 2015
We come together... from our whirlwind lives, seeking,
Knowing all we need to know:
If we get quiet and listen,
We become centered in the moment and open to what is.
We know with confidence "Its all good, and all God!
Be joyful, sing, dance--remember--
To laugh as the universe does!
Winter Solstice 2015
by Gwen Marable 
Women's Circle 
White Rose Farm
Ruggles Road
Taneytown, Maryland
Women gathered at the fence
Cows gathered on the other side
Bridget, Blossom, Daisy
A circle of women
Mary leads with body movement
A circle of women
Singing outside under the sun
We gather inside
A circle of women
Women ancestors
Talking of trees
Letting go
Embracing the season
A circle of women
Eating on the porch
In the rare December air
Cutting and pasting 
Sharing and laughing
A circle of women
Lighting candles 
To take 
Into the darkness 
Of winter.
Posted 12/17/2015 6:05am by Sally Voris .

In 2003, a small group of friends celebrated Winter Solstice with me at the farm. We danced and drummed around a bonfire. We shared a simple meal in a farmhouse that had no running water and no appliances. The event honored the beginning of a new chapter in my life: a chapter in which I have learned to cultivate the art of living.

As this winter solstice approaches, a new chapter is beginning at the farm. A group of my friends, two of whom were at the original bonfire, have helped me form a non-profit organization: White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. (The Circle). We have just received our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. We hope you will excuse this impersonal letter; however, we wanted to share this news with everyone on our e-list.

We invite you to join a community of supporters who are donating money to enable The Circle to develop its capacity to create programs and host more adults and children. Recently, one friend gave remembering how much her mother had loved her visit to the farm; another gave remembering how her uncles milked cows by hand on a neighboring farm. Our goal is to raise $7,500 by the end of the year. Please support our new non-profit Board with a gift today!

We plan to engage people's heads, hands and hearts in caring for and connecting with the land. Our vision is to develop and share a model of community that empowers people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. We invite you to help us as we celebrate the land, its seasons and its communities and teach all manner of land-based skills including gardening, farming, permaculture, crafts, and healing processes.

Connecting is the heart of this work. When people arrive at the farm, they breathe deeply. They notice the animals: the cows, hogs, geese, chickens, dog and cat. They wander in the garden; they pick their own vegetables. Strangers meet and work together. Some swing in the hammock; some on the porch swing. Some enjoy tea and conversation. Most experience new patterns; some remember farms and family carried as distant memories. Such experiences reweave the fraying threads of community.

You can be part of this living tapestry! In 2016, we invite you to step away from your routines and join us on this beautiful 132-acre farm, located some 60 miles from Baltimore, Washington DC and Harrisburg, PA. It is a pleasant drive into the country—ideal for a day trip—or an extended retreat.

Won't you join us in sowing seeds for the future? Please send a check to White Rose Farm Circle, 5009 Teeter Road, Taneytown, MD 21787 or go to the farm's website,www.whiterosefarm.comand click on the Donate button. We thank you in advance for your generous support! Every gift matters!

Anticipating the fruits of tomorrow from the seeds we are planting today,


Sally Voris, Founder

White Rose Farm Circle, Inc.  

P.S. All donations are tax-deductible. Those received or postmarked by December 31, 2015 are deductible for the 2015 tax year.

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm, 410-756-9303

Quiet time is starting....

Hazel is back! She is pregnant and due midwinter. Our thanks to Leah Mack, at whose farm Hazel and Daisy spent the summer with a virile bull.  Now we want to find Daisy, a pure-bred Jersey, a new home. She is pregnant and due mid-spring. Interested? Please contact me. Thanks. Sally    

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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. 

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