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Posted 9/6/2017 1:24pm by Sally Voris .

Hello all! The full moon program for tonight has been canceled. We have received an urgent message from Spiritual Foods. I am willing to contribute to buy avocados. 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

Posted 9/5/2017 8:40pm by Sally Voris .

This morning, as I walked into a patch of buckwheat, I was calmed and energized by the intense buzzing of bees around me. On a perfectly clear September day, the bees worked tirelessly and harmoniously to harvest nectar and pollen before winter. Their sounds and activity soothed me after days of news: the flood in Texas, the fires in the west and the threat of nuclear weapons.

Their movements reminded me of the images of people using their own boats to rescue others from the flood in Houston, making one connection at a time. Then a larger question came to me: How can we harness the healing power of nature to restore life to areas damaged by fire and flood?

One winter's evening, I counted 623 kernels from one ear of corn. Corn often produces two ears—more than 1250 seeds--a thousand-fold increase! From my experience as a gardener, that is the magnitude of nature's bounty if we work in harmony with nature.

On my farm, I focus on creating an environment that is beautiful, bountiful and balanced. Sometimes, that means doing an unpleasant chore. This morning, I pulled spiny amaranth from the buckwheat patch. This weed had a fat, fleshy stem and a thorn where each branch meets the stem. Each plant drops thousands of seeds, so the next season, it forms colonies of plants. Its roots were easy to pull in the moist, friable soil; however, so in just thirty minutes, I had reduced the weed's seeds exponentially.

Jeff Poppen, a biodynamic farmer in Tennessee, taught me to plant buckwheat, radish and turnip seeds together in July. The buckwheat loves heat. It comes up quickly and provides shade from the intense sun of August for the other crops and for the soil itself. As the season cools, the turnips and radish grow well. All the plants benefit from growing together, they attract lots of insects, and they build the soil.

As I pulled the weeds, I saw bumblebees, honey bees, native bees, sweat bees, a hornet or two and bees I have never seen before. The honey bees landed on the underside of some flowers, crawled to the top of the flower, collecting pollen and nectar within a second or two. Then they flew to the next cluster. Various butterflies floated from flower to flower, while grasshoppers jumped from one stem to another. The patch was throbbing with vitality: it was a symbiotic community that sustains life itself.

World-class gardener Alan Chadwick advocated such an approach, as did Rudolf Steiner, the founder of biodynamic agriculture. Humanity has only two choices, he said, either start once again to learn from the whole of nature—to enter into the interrelationships of living beings--or allow both nature and human life to degenerate and die off.

When the beekeeper prepared to bring hives to my farm last month, I showed him the patches of buckwheat I had planted. “Bees don't go for buckwheat. Bumblebees do, but honeybees don't,” he said flatly. He had once put hives of bees in a large field of buckwheat my neighbor planted. No bees came. Now they were clearly relishing the buckwheat mid-morning. By midday, they had moved on to a wild grape vine at the top of the garden. What made the difference? I do not know.

I know that diversity and complexity woven together create balance in the garden. A bee flies over one flower and lands on another. A neighbor carries a child in their arms above the water, but gets a raft for the adult. Rescuers found survivors and helped them leave dangerous situations. This morning, I saw a buckwheat patch throbbing with vitality as plants and animals worked synergistically. As we rebuild, let's remember nature. Let's attend to what thrives in the soil, what moves and breathes in the air, what lives and moves in the water. Let's weave together a community of life that sustains us all!

Posted 9/3/2017 7:46pm 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 8/24/2017 8:51pm by Sally Voris .

This essay was recently published in Being Human, a quarterly publication of the Anthroposophical Society in America. The essay was sparked by a deep conversation with Shelden Luz, President of White Rose Circle, Inc. 

In 1924, Rudolf Steiner gave a series of eight lectures to farmers in Poland who wanted to understand why the quality of their food was declining. Those lectures form the basis of biodynamic agriculture. Steiner framed agriculture in the context of the cosmos. He said invisible spiritual forces, acting through the stars, the planets, the sun and the moon, were vital to life on Earth. He asked farmers to imagine their farms as individual living organisms and he gave specific practices to build farm vitality.

After some ten years of farming using biodynamic practices, I noticed that the produce nearly popped with energy and flavor. It was easier to farm. I felt like I was now dancing with a living partner—the farm. I realized that plants don't just grow out of the soil; they lift themselves (or are they pulled?) heavenward. When we are fed by such plants, we get that lift. To come to full flowering; however, the farm needs a farmer to mediate and balance its life processes. As the weather gets more erratic and extreme, it takes more will and skill to keep life on the farm dancing and breathing together!

In other lectures, Steiner spoke about how the Earth exists for the spiritual evolution of human beings. He outlined epochs and cycles of development in humans. Steiner foresaw that forces focused on materialism would become very strong in our time. Those forces deny spirit. It is our challenge, Steiner said, to develop our ability to balance spirit and matter through our hearts. Nutrition is essential to our spiritual development, he asserted. We need food that feeds our souls, our wills and our spirits.

Our current industrial food system completely ignores this aspect of nutrition. The system produces commodities for consumers. It separates us from Nature—the source of our most intimate and immediate connection with Creation. Plants are the hands of God, said world-class gardener Alan Chadwick. When we use our hands in the garden, we touch those hands. There is something in us that goes out to meet every living thing, said theologian Thomas Berry. The inner world of man and the outer world of nature go together, he asserted. We are meant to connect with Nature and be fed by her!

There are, however, tremendous forces seeking to hide this essential truth. Government subsidies and agricultural institutions now encourage farmers to move their operations into controlled environments: hoop houses, green houses, barns and buildings. Plants and animals have less access to fresh air and sunlight. Farmers use well water to irrigate their crops. Well water has predominantly Earth energy, whereas rain water contains vital atmospheric energy. Our food is losing its connection with the cosmic, spiritual forces in sunlight, fresh air, rain and natural rhythms. We become less able to meet the challenges we face--less able even to see the forces that are drawing us downward.

We are the essential players here. We can awaken to that truth. Our birthright is connection, and so is our calling. We are co-creators of our world: what we imagine becomes the future. Can we hold a vision of abundance and hope? Or do we carry the images of despair and devastation that are swirling around us? Can we engage in work to restore wholeness to our lives and to our Earth?

It is not just a matter of where we get our food and how it is grown; it is also vitally important where we give to Nature, how we give to Nature and why we give to Nature. What we do to Nature, we do to ourselves. When we dance with Nature as our partner, we reweave the web of life. We restore health.

White Rose Farm and its Circle were born out of love for life! People will give to this work because they want to cultivate their own souls, they want to honor those who have come before and/or they want to prepare a space of love for those who are coming after. Let's make love the foundation of the New World! There is much to celebrate and much to do....

Sally Voris 

 

Posted 8/19/2017 7:25am by Sally Voris .

  

The land is calling for connection...

and connecting with the land will help us ground and balance the disturbing energy swirling around us.  Join us for a

Corn Roast & Drum Circle
starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.
 
 

Bring friends, a drum or percussion instruments, and prayers, poems, songs, stories and/or dances and food to share. We will gather around the newly refurbished fire circle, share our bounty and bring balance to ourselves and to the land.   

The event is free to farm circle members. (It is easy to become a farm circle member and join a community of people working to restore wholeness to the land, the natural world and each other. ) Cost for others: Adults $10; child $5; family $25.  

The farm has a bounty of fresh corn, potatoes and cabbage. Plan to take some home for a reasonable price. Register here

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 8/17/2017 8:52pm by Sally Voris .

  

The land is calling for connection...

and connecting with the land will help us ground and balance the disturbing energy swirling around us.  Join us for a

Corn Roast & Drum Circle
starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.
 
 

Bring friends, a drum or percussion instruments, and prayers, poems, songs, stories and/or dances and food to share. We will gather around the newly refurbished fire circle, share our bounty and bring balance to ourselves and to the land.   

The event is free to farm circle members. (It is easy to become a farm circle member and join a community of people working to restore wholeness to the land, the natural world and each other. ) Cost for others: Adults $10; child $5; family $25.  

The farm has a bounty of fresh corn, potatoes and cabbage. Plan to take some home for a reasonable price. Register here

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 8/6/2017 3:02pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

The farm will host a special full moon gathering tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m. (Sun sets at 8:15 p.m. ) Two fellows just did a fine job rebuilding the fire circle at the farm--it seems just in time for the full moon tomorrow.  All are invited to join us for this event (not just women) which will end around 9:00 p.m. Bring poems, songs, musical instruments or other offerings.   

The Global Sisterhood just sent me this information: 

"This full moon in Aquarius, we invite you to examine what emotional beliefs you hold just below your awareness that could be blocking flow, pleasure, and joy in your life. How are these beliefs limiting you from standing in the truest, most radiant, magnetic expression of yourself as a lover, leader, helper,  humanitarian, and inspiration?

Pay attention to your emotions to discover what beliefs are guiding your life. What stories are asking to be seen and understood so they can be re-written? 

  • Pay attention to your dreams
  • Notice subtle feelings in your body
  • What triggers you?
  • What shuts you down?
  • What awakens and inspires you?
  • What fears come up throughout your day? Do you notice a pattern? What is the belief beneath these fears?


Throughout the next weeks leading up to the new moon, we invite you to journal about these themes.  If you are seeking clarity or reflection from your sisters, feel free to post your discoveries in the Global Sisterhood Facebook Group!

As you choose to do this inner work around this potent full moon, you will be well prepared for an epic and potentially life-changing transformation on the New Moon Solar Eclipse on August 21st!

As sisters, together we will rise as leaders, liberating ourselves from fear, as we "embrace the shadow" and shine brightly in service to our souls, families, communities and world. " 

My heart says this is work worth doing. Join me in spirit or in person if you feel so called. May we transform the world through love.

Sally 

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 8/4/2017 7:51pm by Sally Voris .

  

Great food! Great fun! Great weather! We simply need a few more people to come to make this event rock! Hope you will join us. 

A Taste of Salsa on Saturday, August 5, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

DJ and dance instructor Michael Campbell will entice both beginning and experienced dancers to move to salsa music. Chips, salsa and light drinks will be available for everyone. The farm will host a potluck for farm circle members. The potluck will also feature food fresh from the garden.

Cost for the dance? $15/individual; $7/child; $35/family; including a trial farm membership to enjoy the potluck meal? $25/individual; $7/child and $50/family.Register here.

Put on your dancing shoes and come party! 

Sally

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 8/2/2017 9:06pm by Sally Voris .

  

Dance and feast on farm fresh food on a beautiful August evening as the sun sets over the mountains. Celebrate the garden's bounty with us at Lammas, the feast of the first fruits (traditionally August 2).

A Taste of Salsa on Saturday, August 5, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

DJ and dance instructor Michael Campbell will entice both beginning and experienced dancers to move to salsa music. Chips, salsa and light drinks will be available for everyone. The farm will host a potluck for farm circle members. The potluck will also feature food fresh from the garden.

Cost for the dance? $15/individual; $7/child; $35/family; including a trial farm membership to enjoy the potluck meal? $25/individual; $7/child and $50/family.Register here.

Put on your dancing shoes and come party! 

Sally

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 7/26/2017 8:54pm by Sally Voris .

  

Tasty, juicy, sweet--the essence of high summer. We invite you to celebrate the garden's bounty at Lammas, the feast of the first fruits (traditionally August 2). It is the time when the food in the garden is scrumptious, a time when the first hint of autumn can be felt in the air...

Learn How To Make Salsa, on Saturday, July 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. . We will start with a garden walk Participants will pick and taste various kinds of tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, onions and herbs. Then Kasey Johnson, an avid fermenter, will demonstrate how to make several different kinds of salsa. Last year, she shared her own fermented salsa: it was the best I have ever tasted!

Kasey loves to ferment! She recently harvested wild blueberries so she flavored her last batch with blueberry and thyme! She has also fermented sauerkraut, radishes, chutney and mulberry mead!

The farm will then host a potluck and fire circle for farm circle members after the program. The event is free to farm circle members (becoming a member is easy); cost to others? $20.00. Register here.

 

Enjoy a Taste of Salsa on Saturday, August 5, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

DJ and dance instructor Michael Campbell will entice both beginning and experienced dancers to move to salsa music behind the barn at the farm. Chips, salsa and light drinks will be available for everyone. The farm will host a potluck for farm circle members. We invite circle members to bring their own salsa creations. (Fresh ingredients will be available during the week before the dance!) The potluck will also feature food fresh from the garden.

Cost for the dance? $15/individual; $7/child; $35/family; including a trial farm membership to enjoy the potluck meal? $25/individual; $7/child and $50/family.Register here.

Happy Summer and hope to see you soon!

Sally

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

EFT workshop cancelled

The EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) workshop scheduled for Monday, October 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. has been cancelled.  

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