Community life, Events @ Listening Tree

Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree

trail to Pip's Chepachet homeWell, summer workshops have packed up and left, and fall is breezing in. Time soon to turn back to storytelling. Our first Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree event last spring launched with Jackson Gillman inspiring us to plant trees. This fall are working on getting Christopher Johnson to Chepachet to read his new play. And next up is Karina Lutz, cofounder of Listening Tree, reading from her upcoming book, Post-Catholic Midrashim. Here’s a bit about it (and how to preorder): https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/post-catholic-midrashim-by-karina-lutz/ If your favorite season is the fall of the patriarchy, you’ll like this one.

We’ll do it at the main house @ Listening Tree at 7 pm, Sept. 27, 2019. After Karina reads, we’ll open the mic, first come, first serve.

Listening Tree is at 87 Reservoir Rd., Chepachet, RI 02814.

Come on by!

Community life, cooperative ownership, Events @ Listening Tree, homesteading, organic farm, permaculture, transition

Last potluck of the year *and* National Solar Tour

IMG_0712The last of our open-house potlucks for 2019 is Oct. 5, 4-8 pm. Please come if you are interested in living and/or farming here, or just to connect, stay in touch, enjoy the farms and home, and hear more about what we are doing. Please call (401)710-9784 to RSVP.

During that weekend, homes and other solar installations around the country will open their doors for people to see, get inspired, and learn more about what it takes, what it looks like, and just what it’s like to live solar. So we’ve added this open house to the National Solar Tour, so there will be more emphasis on the solar, energy efficiency & conservation, and carbon farming aspects of life at Listening Tree.

If you are interested in Listening Tree Co-op owner-membership,  but the Oct. 5 date doesn’t work for you, please call to arrange a tour at another time.

Community life, Events @ Listening Tree

Winding Down Events (no potluck in September)

Open-house potlucks are almost over for 2019. The last one is Oct. 5, 4-8 pm. Please come if you are interested in living and/or farming here, or just to connect, stay in touch, enjoy the farm and home, and hear more about what we are doing. Tour will start at 4:10ish. Please call (401)710-9784 to RSVP.

WE’VE CANCELLED THE SEPT. 7 POTLUCK. Call to arrange a tour at another time if the Oct. 5 date doesn’t work for you.

The educational workshops and college immersion week are over, harvest is full blown, people are moving out and new people preparing to move in, and flux is our middle name, even while our relation to the land deepens. Sorrow and gratitude, just like autumn.

We are hatching a plan for a poetry reading as part of the Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree series–stay tuned!

 

Community life, permaculture

Two years, one season, and one moon…

first entire meal of Listening Tree food

A permaculture consultant, Carter Tracy, came by and walked with us: taught us to walk the perimeter with soft eyes, to observe for the first year before doing anything.

As much as I love and prefer being, not doing—well let’s just say I failed that first assignment.

We had seen a buck stand and look at us, the first night we were here, from right in the middle of the kitchen garden we were about to plant. It was almost as if he said, I heard you folks are planting a garden here! Cool!

If we’d observed that observation, we might have thought, okay, so let’s build a fence, then plant the garden. It was June 12th already, though, and we were very excited to finally be landing on our earth.

Two years, one season, and one moon later, the days are getting shorter, the garden is in its profligate decline, and the lengthening nights are ripening for storytelling.

-Karina

Oct. 10,  2017

Community life, deep ecology, transition

Glistening Trees

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The item on the top of the co-op’s winter to-do list was for the soil to sleep. Finally it can: 15 inches of snow Thursday (February 9) and another couple last night. I harvested a month’s worth of carrots just as the snow began, just in case, and because I could. We put up deer fence the day before because the ground was completely unfrozen, so we could.

I got a laugh out of a forester last week, when I said we wanted to tag some trees to cut before mud season. “It’s been mud season all winter!” he guffawed. True that. I meant March, but I’m still learning how to live according to nature-as-it-shows up vs. the Julian calendar. Add to that the vagaries of the Anthropocene and the shift is on.

With systems as unstable as these, it seems anything can happen.

-Karina

 

Community life, deep ecology, transition

Positive Thinking in a Dark Age

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Listening Tree Co-op cofounder Jim Tull has just published his book of essays, Positive Thinking in a Dark Age: Essays on the Global Transition.

Community life

Diversity is a verb

Phil's so white he has to bring shade. Just kidding! Though he is from Ireland where a sunny day is a rare thing, he was on medication for Lyme disease, so he had to stay out of the sun for a while.
Phil’s so white he has to wear shade. Just kidding, though he is from Ireland where a sunny day is a rare thing. But he was on medication for Lyme disease this summer, so he had to stay out of the sun for a while.

So far, the core group of founders of Listening Tree Coop is made of “white” people and with that comes a legacy of colonialism, which we discuss openly and challenge in ourselves and society. We hope to be inclusive and not oppressive, and welcome challenges to our privilege and assumptions.

We are feminists and egalitarians, and welcome queer and women’s leadership and participation (one of us identifies as queer). The men renounce the privilege of their gender and appreciate the freedom for other genders and themselves created by the egalitarian structure of our decision making and ownership. The two of us with materially privileged backgrounds recognize and seek dialogue to transform the ramifications of that privilege, which made the purchase of Listening Tree feasible, while rooted in systems of domination and oppression. We are actively anti-racist, internally and in the world.

The co-op is also kid-friendly and hopes to attract and will select for an intergenerational membership because we find the peer-group segregation in this culture (as in schools and day and senior care) to be one of the unspoken structural problems in the broader community.

We are mixed-income and mixed-class, and are working to make financing available to people who want to buy shares. The shared-house-plus-individual-outbuildings design makes the community more affordable than single family, cohousing, and even multifamily units. Utilities are virtually prepaid in the form of the solar array; heat will be by wood collected from the property; food will be grown by members for members, reducing living costs. Three of us have worked in affordable housing or energy and are deeply committed to innovating affordability methods.

In short, welcome, everyone!

Community life, organic farm

Midsummer harvests

Hocus Pocus Week #1

Hocus Pocus members are getting shares of the farm’s bounty each week.

The three farms at Listening Tree Coop–The Lee family’s farm, Hocus Pocus CSA, and our homestead farm, are fecund-o-rama as we approach August. Roosters crow, bunnies burrow into the coolth of soil, and veggies pour into the kitchen for feast after feast.

The weeds call to us a little louder than the blog, but we just wanted to post a few pictures of the farms and feasts to keep you posted.