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Posted 7/30/2018 8:59pm by Sally Voris .

  

 Hi friends! 

We have more than enough potatoes in the garden. What with the ten more days of thunderstorms that has been predicted, they may well rot in the field. So if you or someone you know wants to come dig, please do. I am here most mornings except Wednesdays and Sundays, and Tuesday, Thursday and sunday evenings. Please call ahead: 410-756-9303. 

We have a very reasonable 30-day trial membership in our non-profit, White Rose Farm Circle--$5 for an adult; $7.50 for a family. I ask that those who come join as members, if they have not already. The farm would be glad for a donation to support the garden as well, but as a farmer/gardener, I want to share food with others.   

The farm is becoming a place to be in touch with nature in a very literal way. Volunteers have found working in the garden with others grounding in an increasingly chaotic world. We are creating beauty, bounty and balance in ourselves and in this small patch of ground. 

Season's best,

Sally

P.S. Hope you will come to a Taste of Salsa this Saturday night, August 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. FILE: (Taste_of_Salsa_2018_final_edit_2.pdf) 





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Posted 7/29/2018 7:31pm by Sally Voris .

  

Just recently, a friend's request helped me refine the work I am doing. A  asked if his sister could volunteer in the garden. She had been extremely successful in the corporate world, but had lost her sense of self. She is finding her feet, her grounding, as she works in the garden. We have enjoyed real work, real food, and real conversation.

Her mother, who joined us last Friday, shared that her daughter is smiling for the first time in a year! I realized that this is now the work of the farm: to find our grounding in a fractured world.

Traditional agriculture talks about soil “having good heart.” To develop good heart in the soil, the farmer puts his or her heart into it, year after year, season after season. Modern corporate agricultural practices lack heart; so does our food; so does our culture.

My acupuncturist recently shared that Chinese texts recognize that the processes that build health in the body are similar to the processes that build health in the soil. Small changes are cumulative. Rudolf Steiner, in his lectures on agriculture, described how the farmer cultivates her own inner resources to develop the ability to sense what is needed in the garden. 

 

If I install greenhouses or hoop houses to respond to the more extreme weather, I will limit the fresh air and sunshine my crops receive. Consequently, they will have less vital energy. Instead, I am inviting others to join me in the garden to restore our common ground—both inside us and between us.

Friends and I have formed, White Rose Farm Circle, a non-profit organization whose mission is to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. The Circle sponsors seasonal events to honor the rhythms of the year. Our next event, a Taste of Salsa on Saturday, August 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. celebrates the feast of the first fruits. We will enjoy the bounty of the harvest as we gather in community to dance behind the barn at the farm.

Please join us! Happy high summer!

Sally

 

 

 

 





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Posted 7/22/2018 4:58pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

Join us for A Taste Of Salsa, Saturday, August 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. DJ and salsa instructor Michael Campbell will entice both beginning and experienced dancers, teaching and leading salsa dancing behind the barn at White Rose Farm. The farm will host a potluck for all farm members starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring food fresh from the farm.  Cost for the dance: $15/adult; $7 child; $35/family.  (New members are welcome,  membership is reasonable.) Register here. Click here for a flyer. 

Our next Women's Circle will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. A core group of women gather eight times a year, at the changes of the seasons. We savor time and space to listen to each other and reflect on our lives as we share our journeys. We invite women from our larger network to join us. Some come once; others return. We ask for a donation of $25 for regular attendees; $15 for first-timers. For more information click here.  Register here.

Our next Global Sisterhood gathering will be held on Saturday, August 11 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. with a potluck following. More details soon.

May you savor the joys of summer! 

Sally 

 

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Posted 7/15/2018 7:41pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

Join us for A Taste Of Salsa, Saturday, August 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. DJ and salsa instructor Michael Campbell will entice both beginning and experienced dancers, teaching and leading salsa dancing behind the barn at White Rose Farm. The farm will host a potluck for all farm members starting at 5:30 p.m., featuring food fresh from the farm.  Cost for the dance: $15/adult; $7 child; $35/family.  (New members are welcome,  membership is reasonable.)

Our next Women's Circle will be held on Saturday, July 28, from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. A core group of women gather eight times a year, at the changes of the seasons. We savor time and space to listen to each other and reflect on our lives as we share our journeys. We invite women from our larger network to join us. Some come once; others return. We ask for a donation of $25 for regular attendees; $15 for first-timers. For more information click here.  Register here.

May you savor the joys of summer! 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 6/24/2018 4:26pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

Circle Dancing: Last week, Pam Kraemer led simple circle dances on the lawn at the farm. We walked barefoot on the lawn, enjoyed evening breezes and good company, watched fireflies rise in the fields, listened to a frog chorus from the wetlands on a nearly perfect summer evening. Thank you, Pam! Thank you too to Paul Thomas who lent us sound equipment.  

Thank you to outgoing Board members Shelden Luz and Gwen Marable. Shelden served as our first President and offered her skill in holding a vision and attending to details. Gwen offered networking support and an abiding presence. Both were honored at our event. 

Welcome to our new Board members, Renee Deiaco, Christine Pilson and Darlene Bromwell. All three women will provide local leadership to White Rose Farm Circle, as will on new President, Laurel Brennan. Continuing Board members are Karen Holway, Scott Freeland, Margaret Crowther and Richard Swerling. 

Mark your calendars for A Taste Of Salsa, Saturday, August 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Michael Campbell will return. Last year, he taught salsa dancing and built community, which also featured salsa made at the farm. More details soon. 

Our next Women's Circle will be held on Saturday, June 30, from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. A core group of women gather eight times a year, at the changes of the seasons. We savor time and space to listen to each other and reflect on our lives as we share our journeys. We invite women from our larger network to join us. Some come once; others return. We ask for a donation of $25 for regular attendees; $15 for first-timers. For more information click here.  Register here.

Our next Global Sisterhood gathering will be on Thursday, July 12, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farmhouse, 5009 Teeter Road. This month's theme is: Liberation through forgiveness: I forgive; I let go; I set myself free. For more information about the Global Sisterhood, click here. To register here

Still time to join the circle as members who are working together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. Join here.

May you savor the joys of summer! 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 6/15/2018 6:49pm by Sally Voris .

  

Circle Dancing at Summer Solstice on a farm in the country: Saturday, June 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Pam Kraemer will lead our dances in the garden. Evening breezes, fireflies rising in the fields. frog chorus from the wetlands. such simple, profound pleasure! Looks like the weather will be perfect! . 

We will host a potluck for farm circle members starting at 5:30 p.m.  Click here for a flyer. Click here to register. Adult: $12; Child $6.00; family $30, register ahead for a 20% discount. 

Wear comfortable clothes--especially shoes and know that it cools in the evening in the country. Hope you will join us! 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 6/3/2018 5:09pm by Sally Voris .

  

In the midst of challenging weather, I realized that I was still surrounded by beauty. I had some food from the garden and simple sweetness to feed the soul. Everyone is welcome to come once for a visit. We ask those who want to return to join the farm circle as members

Our summer hours are starting. the gardens will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 12:30, and on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings from 4:30 to dusk. 

Our next Global Sisterhood gathering will be Wednesday, June 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farmhouse. The theme will be: Free the Voice: I speak my authentic truth. I will speak about the sweetness of simplicity. The event is free and we accept donations to support women refugees.  

Our next event will be Circle Dancing at Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Westminster resident Pam Kraemer will lead our dances in the garden this year. The event will include a potluck for farm circle members starting at 5:30 p.m.  Click here for a flyer. Click here to register. 

Our women's circle will meet next on Saturday, June 30. 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.  Click here to register. 

I expect to host people at the farmhouse this year. I am still working out the details.....Hope to see you soon! 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 6/3/2018 2:11pm by Sally Voris .

  

As the outer environment becomes more chaotic and disordered, I am  deeply nourished by quiet sweetness. A friend inspired this poem: 

Quietly Sweet

Who knew how quietly sweet life could be?

My friend sees her grandson smile and wonders,

How could he look so much like the son she had held in her arms?

Dare I say she feels the ineffable flow

Of one generation to another, of life itself?

As she shops with her husband for plants for their garden.

She realizes how wonderfully warm their hearth is.

 

I give rose water and elder flowers

To a young woman who is moving to a new home:

She wants a safe place to start a family.

Bless the home that you are leaving, I say,

And the home where you are going.

The elder flowers honor the end in all beginnings,

And the beginning in all endings.

The rose water is for abiding love.

How do we make a house a home

A dwelling place for spirit?

 

I gaze into a young man's eyes and see a lively tender soul.

I know I can trust his heart; I soar with his spirit.

My heart opens.

I pick fresh flowers and dine by candlelight.

I take more baths, buy new clothes and take more time to dress.

So many small touches that soften and delight me.

How unexpected this opening is—and how joyful!

 

How do we savor the sweetness that nature creates in every moment?

Roses freely release clouds of fragrance heavenward.

Fireflies rise in the fields like twinkling stars.

Birds twitter exuberantly at first light.

Frogs croak in the deep dusk.

A soft breeze stirs the trees.

 

How do we savor the sweetness that we carry inside?

May we be like the flowers--

Our hearts releasing our essence

to meet the moment and the other

As timeless life enfolds us

Quietly in sweetness.

 

May you find sweetness too! 

Sally 

 

 

 





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Posted 5/25/2018 7:46am by Sally Voris .

  

Our summer hours are starting. the gardens will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 12:30, and on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings from 4:30 to dusk. 

The weather has been challenging--and so I am never sure from day today what will be in the garden. I can guarantee that there will always be something to eat and something to draw one into life--be it a rose or a baby turkey. Everyone is welcome to come once for a visit. We ask those who want to return to join the farm circle as members

Thank you to Leah Mack for leading our Global Sisterhood gathering on Tuesday, May 15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. We sat on the porch sharing with each other just after a bad stormed rolled through our neighborhood. 

Our next Global Sisterhood gathering will be Wednesday, June 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farmhouse. The theme will be: Free the Voice: I speak my authentic truth. The event is free and we accept donations to support women refugees.  

Our next event will be Circle Dancing at Summer Solstice on Saturday, June 16 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Westminster resident Pam Kraemer will lead our dances in the garden this year, and the event will include a potluck for farm circle members. Mark your calendars! More details soon!  

Our women's circle will meet next on Saturday, June 30. We decided as a group to participate in May Day, as there was no date within two weeks of our opening that seemed to work for our core group. 

And again, I expect to host people at the farmhouse this year. I am still working out the details.....

Hope to see you soon! 

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Posted 5/5/2018 4:12pm by Sally Voris .

  

Our season opens as we celebrate May Day on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Today I led a program at the Child Care Center of the Carroll Community College and we made up the song, "Hooray, hooray, today's a special day!"

I realized that the essence of a May Day Celebration is creating a pageant to honor the beauty and fertility of the Earth. We can create such an event in the barn, if need be.  Come, bring your creativity and let's honor the Earth is whatever form is appropriate tomorrow. 

The pageant is open to the public and then we will host a potluck for members of the White Rose Farm Circle, a non-profit that engages heads, hands and hearts in caring for and connecting with the natural world and each other.  Membership is easy, reasonable and FUN! 

Hope to see you soon! 

In deep appreciation of Nature and all she provides, 

Sally 

Event Admission: Adult/$12; Child/$6; Family/$30 (Circle members receive a 20% discount if they register ahead online. ) Register here. Membership here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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Our Season continues....

Our next big event? A Barn Dance on Saturday, October 13 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Check our calendar for details, register here or become a sponsor or donate an item to the Silent Auction .  

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