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Posted 8/22/2016 9:09pm by Sally Voris .

Family Day tomorrow morning, August 23. 9:00 to noon.

We have wonderful green beans, tomatoes and corn to pick and carrots and potatoes to dig. 

Jamming on the Farm, Sunday, August 28, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Join us as Sally Voris demonstrates how to make two of the farm's distinctive jellies, hot pepper jelly and opal basil jelly. Cost: $15, no children please. Register.

 

Beech Tree Puppets return on Saturday, September 24!  

Enjoy summer!

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 8/17/2016 8:03pm by Sally Voris .

Hi folks! We had a wonderful celebration of High Summer last Saturday night. Our thanks to Michael DJ Earle Campbell who got us all dancing salsa and to Benny Gordon and LaDeana Wentzel who provided the food for our Taste of Salsa event last Saturday night. What fun! 

The garden season is only half over! We are offering farm memberships now at half price and a CSA Fall Option, 10 weeks of food, starting the week of August 14 for $300(click here) We will deliver food to farm members and our CSA members to the Center for Healing Arts, 112 East Main Street, on Wednesday afternoons at 3:45 p.m.  

HOGS! Our Guinea hogs are almost ready to go to the butcher. These are heritage-breed homestead hogs that have grazed on open pasture all year. They weigh about 100 pounds and will dress out at about half that weight. We are selling them live weight for $3.50/pound. We still have one available. You can purchase either a half or whole hog. Interested? Let me know. 

Full Moon Gathering: Friday, August 19, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

We will share a meal, then gather to sing and drum around the fire circle. Bring food to share. Cost is $10.adult, $5.child, $20/family. Register.  

 

Saturday Volunteer Morning, August 20, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Free Potatoes for the Digging! 

 

Volunteer morning! Join others in the garden. Pick your own food ($15 to $30/tub for a small or large tub.) enjoy life on the farm. FREE potatoes for the digging (limit one peck per family. )   

 

Sacred Women's Circle: Saturday, September 17, 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

Gwen Marable will lead our Women's Circle. It meets regularly eight times a year at the changing of the seasons. The circle brings energy to the farm; the farm will offers energy to the circle.  The circle is open to all the women in our larger network. There is a suggested donation of $25 for each event, with a donation of $15 for first-time participants.   We limit the group to twelve people.  Click here to register. 

 

Family Time continues: Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

 

Give your children a taste of farm life--" a different vibe" as one mother described it, as they pick their own food, tend farm animals, swing in the hammock and run through the garden. Join other families working in the garden and on the farm. 

Beech Tree Puppets return on Saturday, September 24 for our Fall Equinox celebration!  

More soon when I recover from the heat! Enjoy summer!

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 8/13/2016 8:36pm by Sally Voris .
We are canceling the jam-making workshop scheduled for tomorrow from 5 to 7. it is simply too hot! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 8/12/2016 4:02pm by Sally Voris .

The current crop of beefsteak tomatoes are all spoken for! Sorry if you missed them--there will be more. They love this hot weather!

Happy August!  

 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 8/9/2016 8:25pm by Sally Voris .

Hi folks! We had a wonderful celebration of High Summer last Saturday night. Our thanks to Michael DJ Earle Campbell who got us all dancing salsa and to Benny Gordon and LaDeana Wentzel who provided the food for our Taste of Salsa event last Saturday night. What fun! 

The garden season is only half over! We are offering farm memberships now at half price and a CSA Fall Option, 10 weeks of food, starting the week of August 14 for $300(click here) We will deliver food to farm members and our CSA members to the Center for Healing Arts, 112 East Main Street, on Wednesday afternoons at 3:45 p.m.  

HOGS! Our Guinea hogs are almost ready to go to the butcher. These are heritage-breed homestead hogs that have grazed on open pasture all year. They weigh about 100 pounds and will dress out at about half that weight. We are selling them live weight for $3.50/pound. We still have one available. You can purchase either a half or whole hog. Interested? Let me know. 

Meteor Watching Friday, August 12 from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Join us to watch the Perseid meteor shower. This year is supposed to be especially active, with about 150 meteors falling every hour. We will start with a fire circle, roast marshmallows and make S'mores, then settle in for some sky gazing. Bring a comfortable chair, bug spray if you choose, and an extra shirt for when the evening chill sets in. FREE for farm members; $10/adult' $20/ family. Register. 

Jamming on the Farm, Sunday, August 14, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Join us as Sally Voris demonstrates how to make two of the farm's distinctive jellies, hot pepper jelly and opal basil jelly. Cost: $15, no children please. Register.

Full Moon Gathering: Friday, August 19, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

We will share a meal, then gather to sing and drum around the fire circle. Bring food to share. Cost is $10.adult, $5.child, $20/family. Register.  

For Fall Equinox, Beech Tree Puppets return on Saturday, September 24!  

Enjoy summer!

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 8/6/2016 12:22pm by Sally Voris .
Salsa tonight! We have picked the tomatoes and peppers, dug the potatoes, swept and decorated the barn! Now Chef Benny Gordon and DJ Michael Earle Campbell will bring their mojo to the farm to create a festive event.   

A Taste of Salsa!  
Saturday, August 6, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  
 
This event is sponsored by our new non-profit organization, White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. Its 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.Click here to register. Click here for a flyer. 

Come dance and feast with us! 

 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 7/28/2016 10:21am by Sally Voris .

Friends, 

The challenging heat has passed. The garden is full of delicious food: the green beans are the best I have ever grown, as are the carrots and the eggplant. We have cabbage, cucumbers, kale, garlic, summer squash, okra, onions peppers, and plenty of potatoes and tomatoes.

Saturday Morning, July 30, 9:00 a.m. to noon. Free Potatoes for the Digging! 

Volunteer morning! Join others in the garden. Pick your own food ($15 to $30/tub for a small or large tub.) enjoy life on the farm. This week, FREE potatoes for the digging (limit one peck per family. )   

Sacred Women's Circle:Sunday, July 31, 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. 

Gwen Marable will lead our Women's Circle. It meets regularly eight times a year at the changing of the seasons. The circle brings energy to the farm; the farm will offers energy to the circle.  The circle is open to all the women in our larger network. There is a suggested donation of $25 for each event, with a donation of $15 for first-time participants.   We limit the group to twelve people.  Click here to register. 

 

Family Time: Tuesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Give your children a taste of farm life--" a different vibe" as one mother described it, as they pick their own food, tend farm animals, swing in the hammock and run through the garden. Join other families working in the garden and on the farm. 

A Taste of Salsa! Saturday, August 6, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  

 

Come dance and feast! Join Michael “DJ Earle” Campbell, salsa instructor, for an evening of fun! He will teach simple salsa and DJ this event with a wide variety of salsa music! 
 
Chef Benny Gordan (GEB’s BBQ) will provide party-goers with farm-fresh salsa and food for purchase. Put it all together and it’s a night of dance and delicious-ness! Come to the farm for a Taste of Salsa! We will serve salsa, freshly-made from the garden and chips. A food wagon from Gebs Restaurant will offer salsa-friendly food for reasonable prices.Click here to register. Click here for a flyer. 

This event is sponsored by our new non-profit organization, White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. Its 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.

 

Happy summer and hope to see you soon! 


Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 7/25/2016 12:29pm by Sally Voris .

“ Poise—what everything is first: poise. Balance and within that poise is breathing—this great ritual that takes place of breathing in and breathing out—that the whole tides do—that the whole Earth does.” Alan Chadwick

 

World class gardener Alan Chadwick brought poise to his work in the garden, in his physical carriage and in his approach. The weaving of opposites—of finding the equinox—was central to his approach. No two moments are ever the same: the gardener's art orchestrates balance in every moment.

Let me give you an example. I have three Jersey cows: one full-grown, one a fifteen-month-old heifer, and one a young calf They often graze at night in a fenced pasture; it is cooler and the flies bother them less then. During the day, they bed down in the relatively cool shade of a stall in the barn.

Two weeks ago, my neighbor came to check on me and the cows An experienced dairyman, he has taught me so much. He went into the barn and spoke with concern, “You're going to want to get the air moving in here. Cows can get pneumonia in still, hot air. You have got to get the air moving!”

He offered to lend me a fan. I had a large, industrial fan. We positioned it and turned it on. It sounded like the propeller of an airplane; it moved air like one too! The first night, the heifer bawled. Were the fan's vibrations disturbing the evening quiet? I found a smaller, quieter oscillating fan. The heifer calmed. The next day, I opened barn doors and windows to get the air flowing naturally.

Some farmers keep their cows in the pasture all summer. If they have shade and water, I have read, they can stay healthy. Cows, especially Jerseys, will not cross a fence as long as they have plenty of pasture. In this heat, though, the grass is not growing. My fence is not that strong. The little heifer has slipped under the fence several times and wandered into the corn patch. My dog has chased her back into the pasture. If they get hungry, though, the cows will break through the fence to find fresh pasture.

I do what I can. I put fresh hay in its rack. I fork soiled hay off the barn floor and spread a thick layer of hay onto the floor to soak up the urine and absorb the smell of ammonia. Sometimes I close the stall at night, then clean it before I let them back in the next morning. I check the fence.

Rather than planting fall crops in dry, hot soil, I am weeding the garden. I fork the large, green weeds into the garden cart and carry them to the cows. They relish the succulent green leaves and leave the tough stems and roots. This morning, I forked two cart fulls of spent hay, and a cart full of stems, roots and dirt. I layered the material on the compost pile and watered it well. It was the perfect blend of ingredients. I got the work done by mid-morning and came in to write. Now the heat index is well above 100 degrees. Soon, I will check on the cows. I will return to the garden this evening.

In 1924, Rudolf Steiner, founder of biodynamic agriculture, gave a series of lectures. He said, “Today people go through life quite thoughtlessly. They imagine life functions like a machine—once everything is in place, just flick a switch and there it goes.” Life in its intimate relationships does not function like that at all, he says. He urges us to develop a new understanding of intimacy with Nature.

I now believe that intimacy with Nature serves as the foundation for intimacy in other spheres. I weave together my inner and outer worlds in complex and sometimes unexpected ways. Do I buy more fans, improve the fencing, fork hay, open windows or sell a cow? I choose and then learn from my choices. At best, I can move with poise in every moment and accept the lessons I receive.     

Posted 7/23/2016 8:30am by Sally Voris .

 

The farm will be open tonight, Saturday, July 23, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

We have wonderful produce in the garden for picking: tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant, onions, kale, green beans, garlic, cucumbers and cabbage. Fireflies are still rising in the fields; crickets droning and frogs sounding. Tobacco and phlox fill the air with fragrance. 

The farm will be closed tomorrow evening--family is arriving from out of town for a visit. 

Happy heat! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 7/15/2016 10:34am by Sally Voris .

Friends, 

Saturday Morning, July 16, 9:00 a.m. to noon. 

Volunteer morning! Join others in the garden. Pick your own food--we have great green beans, squash, basil, and potatoes.  Enjoy a visit to the farm. This week, FREE potatoes for the digging (limit one peck per family. )   

 

Full Moon Gathering: Sunday, July 17, 6:00 p.m. until dusk

 

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Sharon Lampron and Peggy Adams will lead Dances of Universal Peace at White Rose Farm in Taneytown on Sunday, July 17 as part of our Full Moon Gathering. We will gather at 6:00 p.m. to share a meal (bring food to share). At 7:30 pm, , we will begin dancing!  Then we will enjoy moon gazing around a fire circle. Families are encouraged! The suggested donation is $10/adult; $20/family

Free to farm members: $10/adults: $20/family suggested donation. Click here to register. 

Happy summer and hope to see you soon! 


Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Sunday workshop possible!

We are holding Sacred Women's Circle this Saturday, March 25 frm 10:00 to 3:30 p.m.. All women in our larger network are welcome. A group gathers eight times a year, roughly at the change of seasons, to honor and reflect on the rhythm of our lives, as we honor the rhythms of the seasons. To register, click here.  For more information, click here .         

Support the Circle!

The farm now has a non-profit associated with it: White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. Its 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. Donations are tax deductible. We invite you to contribute! All donations are welcome!  

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