Events @ Listening Tree, Community life

Spoken Word! @ Listening Tree

Well, 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

The 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.