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Posted 12/11/2017 9:29am by Sally Voris .

  

The leaves have been delivered and spread; the produce stored--all preparing for the quiet interior time of winter. What a wonderful time to come to the farm for retreat! Last year, a husband gave his wife a gift certificate for an overnight stay at the Retreat House--a gift she enjoyed midsummer. As the news gets more distressing, finding and making space to explore an interior landscape is ever more essential--and the Retreat House at White Rose Farm provides a welcoming setting.    

A Celebration: Friends suggested that we hold events to honor the ending of the chapter with me as primary farmer at White Rose Farm. We have planned such an event for Saturday, December 16 at 2:30 p.m., immediately following a membership meeting of the White Rose Farm Circle at 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown. We will hold a second celebration on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Share stories and images of your favorite memories of me at the farm as I prepare to welcome a new farmer or farmers to the farm by spring, 2018. 

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The Board of White Rose Farm Circle has just renewed its commitment to a  vision of developing a model of community that empowers people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. The Circle will begin to plan for the 2018 season in January. Interested in being involved? Let me know! 

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. We gather as the seasons change to honor the rhythms of nature and the rhythms of our lives. Cost? $25 or $15 for first-timers. Click here to register. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Monday, December 18 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Renee Deiaco will lead the program and include Radiant Lotus Qigong.  

Nurturing the seeds of new beginnings,  

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 12/5/2017 6:42am by Sally Voris .

  

Butternut squash, sugar pie pumpkins,sweet potatoes, turnips, Daikon radish and small potatoes--these vegetables still fill my root cellar. I am glad to share them with others and hope and trust that others will share their money with me. I will be coming to Baltimore and to Ellicott City this Sunday, December 10 (weather permitting.)  No one size seems to fit all, so I will bring an assortment. If you know what you want, order ahead and I will pack it for you. 

Two friends helped me open bags of leaves last Saturday. Marie then dug fresh carrots. She discovered my favorite aspect of the carrot: the smell when it is freshly dug. Its fragrance is lively and enlivening. Marie met the essence of Carrot this weekend. It was unforgettable! 

A Celebration: Friends suggested that we hold events to honor the ending of the chapter with me as primary farmer at White Rose Farm. We have planned such an event for Saturday, December 16 at 2:30 p.m., immediately following a membership meeting of the White Rose Farm Circle at 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown. We will hold a second celebration on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Share stories and images of your favorite memories of me at the farm as I prepare to welcome a new farmer or farmers to the farm by spring, 2018. 

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The Board of White Rose Farm Circle has just renewed its commitment to a  vision of developing a model of community that empowers people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. The Circle will begin to plan for the 2018 season in January. Interested in being involved? Let me know! 

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. We gather as the seasons change to honor the rhythms of nature and the rhythms of our lives. Cost? $25 or $15 for first-timers. Click here to register. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Monday, December 18 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Renee Deiaco will lead the program and include Radiant Lotus Qigong.  

The leaves continue to arrive!  We expect more leaves through next week. I welcome help opening the bags of leaves on Saturday morning. (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Nurturing the seeds of new beginnings,  

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/30/2017 8:45pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

Friends, 

The leaves have arrived! Bags and bags of them! Come help make the biggest leaf pile in the county this Saturday morning--and have fun opening and spreading leaves on the gardens at White Rose Farm. (The leaves add organic matter to the soil, and over time, enliven and enrich it. )  

Several mothers have said that this activity is their son's FAVORITE! So pack up your family, wear old clothes and come spend an hour or two at the farm.

The farm still has great sweet potatoes, butternut squash, turnips and Daikon radish for sale--and you can dig your own Jerusalem artichokes! 

Come romp in the leaves with your children and remember how filling simple pleasures can be! 

Warmly,

Sally 

P.S. If you can let me know you are coming, that will help me plan. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/26/2017 8:09pm by Sally Voris .

  

"Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold." 

Members of the Mesa family and I sang this round as we honored our work together this season. This family of eight helped in the garden most Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings. They learned how to garden as they helped me with the farm work. We all ate well! I will miss them and I say, "Fare Well!"   

A NEW CHAPTER: As this season ends, I am being led into new territory. The details are sketchy: what is clear is that a new farmer or farmers are needed to manage the farm day-to-day. I ask those who are so moved to pray and imagine that the right people will come to the farm before the start of next season.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The dream for White Rose Farm still holds: a place to connect people with the beauty, bounty and balance of nature. An economic development specialist recommends a model featuring overnight stays at the farm, farm experiences and great produce to fulfill the dream of the farm in a  financially sustainable way.  

THE NEXT DELIVERY: Our next delivery will be to the Baltimore area on December 10.  We are offering a harvest bounty: a butternut or spaghetti squash, a quart of sweet potatoes and a quart of turnips, potatoes or a Daikon radish for $25. Click here to order your bounty. 

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. We gather as the seasons change to honor the rhythms of nature and the rhythms of our lives. Cost? $25 or $15 for first-timers. Click here to register. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Monday, December 18 from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Renee Deiaco will lead the program and include Radiant Lotus Qigong.  

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Feeling the swell of change in the air, 

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/16/2017 7:01pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

 

Thank you to those of you who ordered our Harvest Special last weekend!  

I appreciate your support and hope and trust you enjoy the farm's food! 

Our next delivery to the Metro areas will be Sunday, December 10. We will have butternut squash, sweet potatoes and Daikon Radish. Also Jerusalem artichokes, if there is interest. I will send out another e-mail closer to the 10th.

Meantime, I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. 

Thankfully,

Sally  

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/13/2017 12:25pm by Sally Voris .

  

Last week, we had temperatures in the 70's; last night, the temperatures hovered around 20 degrees. The fields were lush green a week ago. On Sunday morning, a heavy layer of frost covered the grass which had turned muted tones of brown. A young volunteer and I pulled produce out of the garden on Thursday in quiet, misty weather. Other friends helped me put the plastic back on the hoop house yesterday. The farm is preparing quickly for winter and a new chapter.  

A NEW CHAPTER: As this season ends, several friends have suggested that we hold a party celebrating my time as farmer at White Rose Farm. We have scheduled two dates: Saturday, December 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 6, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. We want to create a collage of pictures and a collage of stories, so if you have either you would like to share, please plan to bring them or send them. Meantime, I ask that those who are so moved to pray and send energy that the next right people come to the farm before the start of next season.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The dream for White Rose Farm still holds: a place to connect people with the beauty, bounty and balance of nature. An economic development specialist is helping develop a model featuring overnight stays at the farm, farm experiences and great produce as a way to make the farm both financially sustainable and fulfill its dream.    

THE LAST PRODUCE: Some of you ordered a special harvest bounty: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and a gallon bag of salad greens for $25 for delivery this weekend. I will send out this week's special by Wednesday of this week, to be delivered by the weekend. Your purchase will help prepare for our next chapter.  

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! Farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, is buying and sending seeds to Rincon, Puerto Rico, where his daughter lived until recently. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Feeling the brace of change in the air, 

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/8/2017 11:17am by Sally Voris .

  

Jaqui MacMillan led our drum circle to honor the ancestors last Saturday night. Fifteen others came. We honored our blood ancestors and those who have inspired us. "Pure love," said one participant. "Perfect!" said another. Thank you, Jaqui!  

A NEW CHAPTER: As this season ends, I am feeling called to start a new chapter. The details are still sketchy: what is clear is that a new farmer or farmers are needed to manage the farm day-to-day. I am working on a job posting and asking those who are so moved to pray and send energy that the next right people come to the farm before the start of next season.

LONG-RANGE PLANNING: The dream for White Rose Farm still holds: a place to connect people with the beauty, bounty and balance of nature. I am working with an economic development specialist to develop a model featuring overnight stays at the farm, farm experiences and great produce as a way to make the farm both financially sustainable and fulfill its dream.    

THE LAST PRODUCE: This will probably be the last season where my hands are the primary hands this land knows. I'd like to offer a special harvest bounty: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and a gallon bag of salad greens for $25 to be delivered before Thanksgiving. We also have cooking greens (Swiss Chard), turnips and Daikon Radish, pick two for an additional $10. Your purchase will help me and the farm prepare for our next chapter. 

In the meantime, our events continue: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat:  Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! Farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, is buying and sending seeds to Rincon, Puerto Rico, where his daughter lived until recently. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Feeling the brace of change in the air, 

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 11/3/2017 8:33pm by Sally Voris .

  

HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS AT A DRUM CIRCLE

Led by 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 has 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.)

 

May we honor our ancestors and receive energy and wisdom from them as we celebrate Halloween and All Saint's Day!    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/29/2017 11:48am by Sally Voris .

  

HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS AT A DRUM CIRCLE

Led by 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 has 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.)

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat last Saturday gave women a chance to share deeply. Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! I recently learned that another farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, was planning to buy and send seeds to Puerto Rico. Tom's daughter recently lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. They are hoping to send $1,200 worth of seeds. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Response to Wild Fires in California: I am feeling called to respond to the damage caused by the wildfires in California. I may head to California for some part of the winter and recruit a  young farmer(s) to take on the farm work here. I will keep you posted as my plans become firm. 

May we honor our ancestors and receive energy and wisdom from them as we celebrate Halloween and All Saint's Day!    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/22/2017 7:38pm by Sally Voris .

  

This week, two families came to dig sweet potatoes. A father and teen-aged son drove their shovels into the moist dirt to loosen it. Then two younger siblings picked  the sweets out of the ground. An aunt and niece came with young boys. They dug carefully, nearly caressing the sweet potatoes as they found them. As they worked, they shared stories and memories. Meantime, their young boys ran around the farm.The sweets are now dug and curing for winter. 

Now the leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver some 2,000 bags of leaves a year to the farm. We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!   

In addition to food, we are offering other ways to raise consciousness:   

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, October 28 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the farmhouse, 5009 Teeter Road.

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. 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 crispness of fall weather finally arrives, may we savor the season.    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

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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