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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

Posted 7/14/2016 6:29am by Sally Voris .

Friends, 

I pushed the button to send this out last night as a lightning filled the sky, so I did not get the links in the e-mail before I sent them out. Here is a completed version. I apologize for the delay. As soon as I sent the e-mail, the lightning stopped. 

We had two wonderful events last weekend--a fire circle on Saturday night and a fermenting class in the kitchen on Sunday. These are the events we have planned for July (and more.) We invite you to become a farm member! Click here for details. 

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. 

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

Volunteer morning! Join others in the garden. Pick your own food, enjoy life on 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

Enjoy evening breezes, conversation with others, the fragrance of night-blooming tobacco as we gather and cook around the fire circle and honor the full moon with our presence. Bring food to share. Free to farm members: $10/adults: $20/family suggested donation. Click here to register. 

 

Saturday, July 23, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.:

Starlight, Fireflies and Fire Circle 

 Join us for an evening on the farm. We cook a meal over an open fire and enjoy evening breezes, the fragrance of night-blooming tobacco and the show of barn swallows swooping and fireflies rising from the fields. Cost: FREE to farm members (Bring food to share). Non-members $10/adult: $20/family. Click here to register. 

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. 

Happy summer and hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 7/6/2016 6:19pm by Sally Voris .

We hope you will join us for events at the farm this weekend!  

Saturday, July 9, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.:

Starlight, Fireflies and Fire Circle 

Join us to enjoy fireflies, a fire circle and starlight at the farm! Just this time of year, the fireflies rise in drifts from the fields, then fill the trees with sparkling light. We will enjoy a tour of the garden and the farm and roast marshmallows and S'mores over an open fire, weather permitting.  Cost: FREE to farm members.  $10/adult: $20/family. Click here to register. 

Saturday, July 9, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  

Saturday Night: Meet-up on the farm!  

Bring your shovel and your gloves and help us catch up in the garden! We have lots of weeding to do. Volunteer will work together and then prepare a meal cooked over the open fire, including freshly-dug potatoes and grilled meat. Volunteers are encouraged to stay and the enjoy Starlight and Fireflies for FREE.  The event is free and appropriate for adults and school-aged children. Please bring tools, gloves and wear grass-worthy footwear. An extra layer of clothing is helpful.  Click here to RSVP.  

Kombucha and (Sauer)Kraut

Sunday, July 10, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Spend an evening learning how to make two simple ferments. Kombucha is a refreshing summer beverage that will activate your gut bacteria. Sauerkraut is a classic, featuring cabbage fresh-picked from the garden.  After the demonstration, tour the gardens and pick you own fresh food (for a reasonable price.) Enjoy evening breezes, conversation with others and the fragrance of night-blooming tobacco. 

Cost of the workshop includes a gallon jar, a SCOBY, a piece of cheese cloth, and a rubber band, essentials for you to make your first batch of Kombucha. A Fermentation Kit designed by Fermentation Creation for a variety of ferments will also be available for purchase.Click here to register. 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 6/27/2016 6:44pm by Sally Voris .

We finished stacking 300 bales of hay in the barn just before lunch. Then a steady rain began falling, even though the weather report had said thunderstorms would  begin at 4:45 p.m. It is a topsy turvy, moment by moment time on the farm now. So far, the sun has come up every morning...and the berries are in: black and red currants, black and red raspberries and gooseberries.

 

FAMILY TIME: June 28, 9:00 to 12:00 pm: Berries will be featured in family time, though we may thin carrots as well. And there is food for picking: kale, cabbage, carrots, onions, turnips, the last of the peas and lettuce, the first of the potatoes and berries. Wear long pants and closed-toes shoes if you can--the black raspberries are at the edge of the woods.

STARLIGHT AND FIREFLIES: Saturday, July 2, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. We will hold our first fire circle of the season (with marshmallows and s'mores) Weather permitting--and watch fireflies rise in drifts from the fields. We will pull out the telescope and focus on the stars as well. Cost:$10/adult; $20.00 family, Farm members FREE.Click here to register. 

ALL ABOUT BERRIES: Sunday, July 3, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tour the gardens and taste black and red currants, black and red raspberries and gooseberries. (the mulberries may also be in.) Then Sally Voris will demonstrate simple tasty recipes using these berries. Cost $20/person.Click here to register. 

SALSA PARTY! Mark your calendars for our Salsa Party, Saturday August 6. We will make fresh salsa with ingredients picked fresh from the garden AND we DJ and dance instructor Michael Campbell will lead our salsa party! More details to come.  

May you enjoy the fruits of summer! Hope to see you soon! 

 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 6/25/2016 5:06pm by Sally Voris .

Making Elder Flower Champagne 

Sunday, June 26, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
 

Elderflower champagne is easy to make, inexpensive and more delicious and health-giving than most drinks you can buy in the store! It uses the yeast that naturally occurs on elderflowers to create a lightly fermented refreshing summer beverage. Learn how to make this simple, refreshing delight! Bring a gallon of spring water and a pot that will hold a gallon of liquid. Fermentation materials will be supplied. Grolsch bottles recommended for bottling the champagne are also available ordered ahead. Cost is $25.00. Click here to order the bottles needed for one batch of champagne. Click here to register. 

Happy Summer! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 6/17/2016 9:29am by Sally Voris .

Folks,

We hope you will join us for other community events next week!  

Summer Solstice: Sunset and Moonrise

June 20 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

From a hillside on the farm, one can watch sunset and moonrise  On June 20, we will do just that as we celebrate the full moon and Summer Solstice.We will build a fire circle in the fire circle and pick and eat food from the garden, including fresh peas.  As dusk settles, the fireflies rise in drifts from the fields. Bring a drum or a musical instrument, if you choose, and food to share. We will observe this special day with singing, drumming and feasting! Cost: $10/adult; children and farm members FREE. 

 Family Yoga: June 21 at 10:30 a.m.  

Yoga Instructor and Wellness Advocate Laurel Brennan will lead Family Yoga as part of the Farm's regularly scheduled Family Time on Tuesday mornings (9:00 a.m. to noon.) We will be participating in this United Nations sanctioned day, the International Day of Yoga, to focus on peace and harmony throughout the world.

Weather permitting, yoga will be in the grass surrounded by beautiful views of the garden at the farm, 5009 Teeter Road.  After yoga, Laurel will introduce essential oils for those interested. Produce from the farm will also be available. Please bring a yoga mat or beach towel for each participant. Cost: $15 per family for non-farm members. FREE for members of the farm. (Click here for more information about farm membership.) Click here to register.  Click here fora flyer. 

My dance-instructor Karen Boger had asked me and now I am asking you to take a few moments of quiet just at sunset on June 21, International Yoga Day. She is suggesting that we sound "OM". The image is the people all over the world will be meditating and sounding "Om" to create a wave of peace and harmony.

Sacred Women's Circle:

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 to 3:30 p.m. 

My friend, Gwen Marable, is leading a Sacred Women's Circle. An Octogenarian, Gwen has been a member of two circles of women for some twenty years.She speaks so persuasively about those circles and what they offer to her and others, that she offered to lead a women's circle meeting regularly eight times a year at the changing of the seasons. The circle will bring energy to the farm; the farm will offer energy to the circle. Gwen will facilitate the group.

                                                                                                                    
We are opening the circle to all the women in our larger network.  Please call with questions (410-756-9303 or if you are interested in the group. There will be a suggested donation of $25 for each event, with a discounted suggestion of $15 for first-time participants.   Click here to register. We limit the group to twelve people. 
 
Making Elder Flower Champagne 
Sunday, June 26, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 
 

Join Sally Voris to learn how to make the farm's signature Elder Flower Champagne. Bring a gallon of spring water and a pot that will hold a gallon of liquid. Fermentation materials will be supplied. Grolsch bottles recommended for bottling the champagne are also available ordered ahead. Cost is $25.00. Click here to order the bottles needed for one batch of champagne. Click here to register. 

Hope to see you soon! And Happy Summer! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 6/17/2016 6:50am by Sally Voris .

Join us for a night of  dancing in our barn on June 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.! 

When I was a child, a neighbor brought a phonograph and a box of records to the community hall on Friday night. He called the same dances in the same order with a smiling, relaxed presence. All of us--young and old--danced together--the windows of the community hall thrown wide open. Community dancing! What a joy! That is the sense of this dance and everyone is welcome!    

We have a fine caller, Janine Borofka, accompanied by a fine band,  the Main Line Gravy Soppers (Rebecca Adams on clawhammer banjo,vocals and dance board, Jeffrey Adams, on guitar, Jason Miller on fiddle, vocals and banjo and Johann Miller on bass and vocals.)   

The dance is held in an old-time barn, with its rich chesnut wood, on a farm focused on beauty, bounty and balance. The air is fragrant with herbs and flowers. The firefllies rise in drifts from the fields starting at dusk. Snacks and drinks are included. Come at 5:00 p.m., if you choose, bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds before the dance. 

The event is sponsored by White Rose Farm Circle, Inc, a non-profit organization focused on engaging and involving people in connecting with and caring for the land, the natural world and each other.  

Click here for a flyer. Click here to register. 

Hope to see you soon with your dancing shoes on! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

 


 

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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