Events @ Listening Tree, permaculture

The last thing we want to do is go more virtual. But we don’t want to miss Russ Cohen this year, either!

We have canceled our Events at Listening Tree workshops for the year. We regret not being able to learn in nature and garden together as we usually do in spring, summer, and fall. But we are also hopeful that we will see the COVID-19 curve flatten soon.

While the coronavirus has put a temporary pause on public connections, it doesn’t stop our ability to learn nor stop our relationship to nature. At the co-op, we’re walking in the woods and fields, digging in the dirt, planting apple trees, sorting worms from compost, and caring for our new baby lambs. We hope you, too, are not nature distancing at this pivotal time, when the air is cleaner, the climate gets a breather, and the opportunity opens to the profound social and economic changes necessary to reverse humanity’s deathly environmental trajectory.

One small solace in the wake of events cancellation is that one of our favorite presenters, wild edibles expert Russ Cohen, will present a live, one-hour webinar this Friday, April 24 at 5:30 pm. He’ll discuss how to identify edible wild plants, what seasons these plants are available, how to prepare these wild species, and how to forage in a manner that is environmentally beneficial. Rhode Island is host to over 150 of these species of wild plants, many of which are edible and provide more nutrients than cultivated plants. How we would love to taste, smell, and touch these plants in real life! It would be one way to feel closer to the natural world and cure us of the delusion of separation. We will do that again, and we hope you are finding ways to do it in meanwhile. Perhaps you might also learn some juicy tidbits from Russ’s webinar:

Tasty Wild Edibles Friday

Sponsored by NOFA Mass.

Events @ Listening Tree, social justice

Postponed until the curve is on the downslope: Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree Workshop & Performance by Christopher Johnson

Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree hosts a workshop and performance by Providence-based spoken word artist Christopher Johnson. He’ll guide and teach folks how to create and perform spoken word pieces for the day-long workshop, then perform his own piece, “Invoice for Emotional Labor,” at 7 pm Saturday evening, Mar. 28 at Listening Tree.

“Invoice for Emotional Labor” is planned to be a multi discipline solo performance answering the asked and not so obvious unasked questions about race and racism from the perspective of poet and 2018 McColl Johnson finalist and RISCA Playwright fellow Christopher Johnson. The lexicon of race in matters of social justice has been rapidly evolving over the last 3-5 years, the responsibility of explaining phenomena like micro aggression, black face, and what is considered racist, has fallen upon the shoulders of people of color. Being a person of color answering these questions while dealing with racism in daily life is draining and repeatedly opening or enlarging psychological wounds. The process of caring for those wounds while continuing to explain, clarify and teach about one’s existence is emotional labor.

In the workshop, Christopher will reveal his creation process and guide participants in the development of their own piece and performance.

Workshop & performance will be at the main house @ Listening Tree, 87 Reservoir Rd., Chepachet, RI 02814, Saturday, Mar. 28. Workshop is 10 am – 6 pm & performance at 7 pm.

Spots are limited! Register Here.

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!

 

Events @ Listening Tree, organic farm

A Whirlwind Tour of Compost: from vermicompost to humanure

July 6, 2-4
with Conor Lally
inside vermiculture shed
Inside the worm composting operation at Listening Tree

Take a whirlwind tour of compost – including various backyard methods, worm composting at the home and farm scale, composting humanure and the many options for eco-toilets and urine diversion. We will discuss the basic science of composting, various technologies and methods, and how to select a system that best meets your needs and preferences. We’ll cover some key points on how to get started and how to approach misinformation and misconceptions that persist. We’ll take a look back at the history of synthetic fertilizer, waterborne sanitation, and industrial farming to better understand how we arrived at our current state, and how we can shift towards a better system that eliminates pollution, protects water, and builds healthy soils. 

Conor Lally of Nutrient Networks will introduce principles and practices, with an insiders view of all three types of composting in action at Listening Tree Co-op.

$20

Register here.

Events @ Listening Tree, permaculture

Tree planting at Listening Tree tomorrow

A few hours before Jackson Gillman and Pierre Giono tell the story of the Man Who Planted Hope–about a reclusive French tree planter–tomorrow, a handful of volunteers will help us plant some new trees here.

Several fruit trees will make a wavy line along the Northedge food forest, where we have already started some larger nut trees: shagbark hickory, chestnut, hazelnuts, and hardy almonds. A few more will make a second wavy line along the Southedge food forest, where we already have a mulberry, two apples, two hardy figs, and a pack of pawpaws. Connecting the food forests, along the pond and perennial stream, are goji berries, elderberries, black currants, and highbush blueberries. Throughout, we’ve started June-bearing strawberries as groundcover.

It’s hard to believe it was just two years ago we were brainstorming  a permaculture site design–

 

 

 

 

Events @ Listening Tree, local food & food justice

Young Farmer Night

June 10, 6 pm
with Young Farmer Network

This growing season, Young Farmer Network is hosting a series of Young Farmer Nights focused on the theme of land access and land tenure.

We’re thrilled to be part of it, because a big part of our mission here at Listening Tree is to make housing and land permanently affordable, and help farmers be able to live on their land, with ownership, yet without the full cost of buying a farm by ourselves. That is why we chose the model of a “limited equity cooperative,” and are selling shares that include land tenure protections for farmers’ long-term viability–and for the sake of the soil.

No RSVP required. Will be a tour, talk about land access and Listening Tree’s model, a potluck, and finally a fire circle, weather permitting.

Young Farmer Nights are open to ANYONE and EVERYONE, all ages and backgrounds and farming experience levels are welcome. children are welcome! 2019 is the tenth consecutive year that we have been running these tours!

Read more about the history of YFN here (http://www.youngfarmernetwork.org/about-our-network/#/yfn-story/) .

Each YFN is structured as a tour followed by a potluck and hang time. Please bring a dish to contribute to the potluck dinner, as well as a plate and fork for yourself.

Tours begin at 6pm.

If you’re running late, it’s still worthwhile to come! We will try to wait for stragglers, but if we have to get moving we’ll leave a note of where you can find us on the tour.

Re: the potluck — if you’re farming all day and are busy and manage to tear yourself away but can’t bring a potluck item, you are still welcome! we understand!

Events @ Listening Tree, local food & food justice

Foraging and propogating “wild” edibles with Russ Cohen

Russ @ Blue Heron ewp, July, 2016 - good photo

Sunday, June 2, 2-5 PM

Northern Rhode Island is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a 3-hour ramble to learn about at least two dozen edible plant species.  As each species is encountered, Russ will present information on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods. Russ will also provide general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Last but not least, Russ will also share details about propagating native edible species from seed, and how to identify appropriate places in the landscape to plant them.

Online registration here.

Events @ Listening Tree

Jackson Gillman and Pierre Giono to kick off Spoken Word! series at Listening Tree

April 6, 2018, 2 pm, @ Listening Tree

 

Celebrate spring with an afternoon of ecological Songs & Stories for a Small Planet. Jackson Gillman will be performing along with a visiting colleague, Pierre Giono, who will recount his grandfather Jean’s story of The Man Who Planted Hope. In it, Giono retells his moving encounters with Elzeard Bouffier, a reclusive shepherd/tree planter in Provence. Wendell Berry said, “In the figure of Elzeard Bouffier, Giono summarizes the best that can be said of our species.”

Jackson Gillman’s ecology background from the College of the Atlantic informs much of his work, with a wide variety of nature-oriented programs in repertoire. He has performed for many environmental groups including the North American Alliance for Environmental Education. And when all is said and sung, it is apparent that there is an underlying foundation of beneficence, hope, and spirit infusing his work.

After the performance, we’ll kick off the first potluck of the year. Then, we’ll open the mic for participation of any poets, storytellers, stand-up comedians, and other Wordy Rappinghoods and stand-up folx. Come for the spoken word featured performer, or the potluck and open mic, or both.

$15 donation requested for Jackson Gillman performance. Registration here. Potluck free. For that, please RSVP (401)710-9784.