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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

 

Posted 9/17/2017 1:26pm by Sally Voris .

  

Step into natural rhythms this fall at White Rose Farm!

Celebrate the Fall Equinox on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. with a performance of

The Crystal Ball

presented by Beech Tree Puppets. 

Artists and musicians Ingrid and Ole Hass will perform an adapted version of this Grimm's fairy tale with hand-made puppets, accompanied by vocal and instrumental music. The story will captivate children of all ages with its lessons of courage, love and perseverance. Farm Circle members (learn more about membership) are invited to stay after the show for a potluck meal and fire circle. Cost for the puppet show: $10/adult; $7/child; $30/family. Register here.  Download a flyer.

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING, Wednesday, September 20, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farm (5009 Teeter Road.) Sally Voris will lead the gathering on the theme of this month's new moon, integrity and love. The event will include a fire circle. The event is free. We accept donations to support women refugees. We ask you to register

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, September 30 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Join a group of women who gather at the change of the seasons to reflect of 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 to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Cost $25.00. 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 fall equinox draws near, may we contribute to the balance that is so needed in our world. 

Warmly,

Sally

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/15/2017 2:46pm by Sally Voris .

  

Join us for a magical evening to celebrate the Fall Equinox!

 

Beech Tree Puppets will present a revised version of a Grimm's fairy tale

The Crystal Ball  

September 23 at 5:00 p.m. 

 
"Follow the young Prince on his journey to save his brothers
who have been transformed into animals by an evil sorceress. 
Bravely and against all expectations, he overcomes great challenges,
to save his brothers and win the princess. "
 
The show is 35 minutes. Afterward, the puppeteers will answer questions about their puppets and their performance. A fire circle(weather permitting) and a potluck meal for farm circle members will follow the show.
 
Cost for the puppet show: $10/adult. $7/child,$30/ family. Register here.
 
Hope to see you soon!
 
Sally 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/13/2017 8:44pm by Sally Voris .

My baby brother has always wanted to be safe. A picture of our family shows him at age four, nestled deep into my father's lap, holding a stuffed animal close. Now aged 64, he was holed up on the eleventh floor of a condominium high-rise in Jacksonville, Florida as the St. Johns River roiled below him. He had money in the bank, but few places to go and little food to eat. He planned to walk down eleven flights of stairs a few days ago to get food from the grocery store. He doesn't know when the elevator will be working again. Where does he think food will come from? How it will get to the store?

He is suffering from “divorcement from nature,”a term coined by world-class gardener Alan Chadwick. That divorcement is now an American epidemic. Immigrants came to this country in waves from all over the world. We moved across the country harvesting natural resources and turning those living resources into money in the bank. We have built our culture on consumption. Now that same culture, out of balance, is eating us alive!

Alan worked with the subtle forces of nature to create gardens of eye-popping beauty and vitality. “How much more delicious to think that you're going to put (the garden) in balance instead of making war and destruction against creation,” he said. “When you approach your garden in this way, you have so many flowers, so much fruit, and so many vegetables, you haven't even enough friends to give them to....Because your soil, your air, becomes fertile and rich, and beautiful, and when the world becomes beautiful, it doesn't require outrageous destruction.”

Outrageous destruction: we have seen it in Houston and now in Jacksonville. My mother often quoted a phrase, “ And all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty back together again.” Do we really think that we could or should spend hundreds of billions of dollars to put Houston or Florida back together again? Will we build even more concrete, more development inadvertently inviting even more flooding? Where will we find the money to rebuild? Will we increase the national debt? Aren't the consequences of our abuses of nature becoming obvious?

The kings of consumption are dying: it is time to summon the Queen of Creation: Nature. She weaves wholeness and beauty effortlessly and efficiently. She attends to the smallest detail. She embodies fecundity; she transforms waste into food. She works in rhythms and cycles: death into life into death; light into dark into light. Her processes multiply exponentially: two can become millions in only five generations. When we work with her, we create beauty, bounty and balance.

Years ago, I learned that a raindrop falling from the sky lands hard on pavement or concrete. Water runs off surfaces that are hotter than it is; it soaks into soil that is cooler. Each time a raindrop lands on a leaf, its force softens. In a forest, it lands on layers of leaves: the leaves of trees, shrubs, low-growing plants and finally dead leaves and detritus on the ground. Then it gently sinks into the soil. These laws of nature are inviolate. Small actions multiply to create the consequences we now face.

How can we restore balance to our world? By working with nature! We can begin to restore the complex and diverse web of connections in the natural world and with each other. It is that web that sustains life itself. 

My brother talked several years ago about volunteering to help bring dancing to the promenade that was recently under water. I hope he does! Each of us has our own unique gifts and talents to share. When we come together and work for the good of the whole, we will transform the world into a place where all life can live—and die-- in beauty and harmony.

May this be our vision for a new world!

Sally 

Posted 9/13/2017 8:35pm by Sally Voris .

  

 
Greetings! I am moving into my own personal uncharted territory: I plan to write about working with nature. As a farmer, my most essential work is to restore the invisible web of connections that supports life itself. 

I set a living process in motion, with the right parameters and the right ingredients. Then I let nature weave her magic.  She naturally creates a thousand-fold increase. I enjoy her fruits. When a process is ending, I often help transform the remains into the next living process.

I never know exactly what will happen; there are always unknown factors at play. Sometimes, I misjudge the parameters; sometimes other factors intervene. I learn from most experience. As I have used this approach,  the garden has become more beautiful, bountiful and balanced; the food more delicious and satisfying. 

I have studied biodynamic agriculture for over ten years. This approach, initiated by philosopher Rudolf Steiner in a series of lectures on agriculture in 1924, frames agriculture in the context of the cosmos, the interrelationships between the earth and the heavens, and then with the intimate relationships among all living things. Steiner said that we needed "to learn from the whole of nature...knowledge that can really enter into the inner workings of nature." World-class gardener Alan Chadwick personified this approach. (Visit http://chadwickarchive.org

When I saw images of the flooding in Houston and Jacksonville, I wanated to share what I know about the more subtle processes of nature. For it is not just what we see, but what we feel; it is not just what is visible, but also what is invisible; and then how they are woven together that creates fertility. When one works with all three aspects in a spiritual process, the garden radiates color; it throbs with vitality. What joy!    

I plan to post a blog at least once a week (usually on Wednesdays.) We (the Circle) now have a communications intern from UMBC, Lucas Garner. He will help post the farm's events on the website weekly--on Sundays.

As this is uncharted territory, some of you may choose not to come along. No hard feelings. Please unsubscribe. Those of you who want to receive the blog as an e-mail blast, let me know, I can start such an e-list.

My best to you all! May we all savor our journeys.

Sally 

 

P.S. Here is a delicious quote from Alan Chadwick: 

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"To take possession of anything is to bind it to oneself. If I cut a tree for wood - select it, fall it, limb it, cut it into lengths, and carry it to the hearth - the warmth I feel in November is very much of my making. If I turn the earth and plant a seed in April, the food I harvest in July is my own in the most direct manner. And yet it isn't at all - and that is another aspect of taking possession, though it appears contradictory. For though I take food from the ground and eat it, and though I know it to be mine, I also know it as a gift. 
 
Possession in this sense is an act of experience which incorporates acknowledgement of our ultimate dependence -- not a holding of title. The food is a gift from the earth and the stars. I make it mine by my labor. One can possess nothing in the absence of an investment of energy. Possession may be nine-tenths of the law, but in the absence of such investment -- essentially spiritual -- it is nothing.
 
Any human experience which is deeply satisfying reverberates with spiritual overtones. A culture which denies such manifestations reduces human effort to toil, wisdom to fact, and it attaches value only to what can be counted or measured.”
~ Alan Chadwick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 





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Posted 9/7/2017 8:57pm by Sally Voris .

I received this message from a food cooperative near Washington DC where I have sold some of my produce in the past.

“ This morning we received a telephone call from our farmer friend, John Krohn in FL. This man had to cut down his own orange grove by hand several years ago when a blight devastated FL citrus growers. Ever the optimist and realist―a special combination―this 85 year old man rebounded by planting mango and avocado trees. Today, he called to say that the “biggest ever hurricane” is expected this weekend to rip through Florida. He's very worried, as winds will not only strip trees of the fruit but avocados could fly through the house like cannonballs. Therefore, he needs to take them all off the trees this week.

So that this precious fruit does not go to waste, meaning not only a financial loss but a heart loss for this good man, we are writing to see if any of you would like to support by purchasing. 10 lb boxes, still $40 including shipping. You can send a message of love by giving them away to family and neighbors starting a positive chain of love transmission.”

I immediately offered to buy a box of avocados. I also sent the message on to my e-mail list and got several positive responses. Over dinner, I described the situation to a new neighbor. She wondered why this man did not wait to see how badly the hurricane would impact him. My other neighbor, a seasoned farm wife, and I immediately scoped out this man's challenge: here is an 85 yer-old man, in love with his trees and his farm. He is not likely to have help from others as the storm approaches. If the trees are mature, figure 100 trees to the acre and 165 pounds of avocados per tree. Figure three avocados per pound. That's 30 avocados per box, packed for shipping. Can you imagine an 85-year old man even attempting this? His situation is heart-breaking, but farmers are resilient and learn to do what they can.

That is, those of us left in the field. Research shows that roughly 323 million people now live in America. Only two percent are involved in agricultural endeavors. Less than one percent of all agricultural production is organic. Much of that production is on large farms with industrial techniques. So this 85-year-old man is probably one of some 50,000 people in America using his hands to care for the land―less than one in twenty thousand people. Yet, his work and our work as farmers are critical to maintaining a healthy relationship with the land. We are caring for the land. That care is critical!

Are you familiar with relationships based on taking and not caring? If you are, you know that those relationships will not last. At a certain point, the one that is being abused either dies, leaves or becomes unavailable to the other. The relationship effectively ends.

Another friend, who had grown up in Houston, wrote. “ Your piece on the interdependency and intertwining of Nature is critically on target. Part of the reason Houston and a few other cities were so devastated was because there has not been recognition of the impact of Nature on civilization. Houston was built primarily on land used to grow rice. Imagine what that soil is like. Imagine the fragile structure. And the city is now cement city, much more so than when I grew up there. The Bayous of my childhood seemed to contain the waters. We had open fields within sight of my house. There were still farms on the outskirts of the city limits. As a child I could walk to pet horses.

I am more and more convinced that those in power are ignoring Nature's way. I am sure there will be more devastation. Each of us can make a difference in some way, surely.” Yes, surely we can. Let's engage not just our heads, but also our hearts and hands in caring for the land, the natural world and each other. We have plenty of work to do! Let's get to work! 

Sally 

Posted 9/6/2017 1:33pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

 

Hello all! The full moon program for tonight has been canceled because of the rain.

We have also received an urgent message from Spiritual Foods. I am willing to contribute to buy avocados, but 10 pounds is a lot for me. Others of you may want to contribute too. Please contact spiritual foods directly at  <shantiyoga.sol@gmail.com>. Thanks. 

Sally 

Dear Friend of Spiritual Foods, 

Our support for farmers has been strong for the 20 years since we decided to live an ideal; this would not be the first time that we came in to support a farmer in peril and contribute to allow him to continue on his labor of love.

This morning we received a telephone call from our farmer friend, John Krohn in FL. This man had to cut down his own orange grove by hand several years ago when a blight devastated FL citrus growers. Ever the optimist and realist—a special combination—this 85 year old man rebounded by planting mango and avocado trees. Today, he called to say that the “biggest ever hurricane” is expected this weekend to rip through Florida.  He's very worried, as winds will not only will strip trees of the fruit but avocados could fly through the house like cannonballs.  Therefore, he needs to take them all off the tree this week.

So that this precious fruit does not go to waste, meaning not only a financial loss but a heart loss for this good man, we are writing to see if any of you would like to support by purchasing.  10 lb boxes, still $40 including shipping. You can send a message of love by giving them away to family and neighbors starting a positive chain of love transmission.   

Thank You,

Om Shanti,

(Peace be with you)

Durga

 

 

 





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