Events @ Listening Tree, permaculture

Plans, plans, plans

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Plans are shaping up for 2019. As part of our social permaculture, the community made new year’s vision boards, and shared with each other our individual visions for the next year. My (Karina’s) biggest plan is to plan:

  • write up the results of our group permaculture planning to date;
  • complete a Natural Resource Conservation Service forestry plan with a local forester, complete with medicinal herb preservation, agroforestry, food forest expansion, woodlot management, and biodiversity enhancement;
  • integrate the permaculture and forestry plans into an official conservation plan for the farm with the Northern RI Conservation District.

And we’re planning events. We already have the Pollinators workshop that had to be postponed from last October set for May 18. And the potlucks will again return to the first Saturday of all the warm months, April-October.

We might host an herb workshop, a spoken word night, the Young Farmers Network, compost toilet workshop, and bring back some faves, like the worm composting workshop and wild edibles. I’m thinking of presenting a sustainable energy workshop–using our energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and solar greenhouse/solar shower/wash station complex plans as the laboratory to explore energy concepts and practices for decarbonizing our world. We might host the National Solar Tour here Oct. 5.

What do you want to learn about? What might you present? Contact us with any ideas at (401)710-9784. Details to follow, as always on our Events @ Listening Tree page.

 

 

Events @ Listening Tree, permaculture

Daylong Workshop: Making Ways for Pollinators RESCHEDULED

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Tom Sullivan of Pollinators Welcome with some of his pollinator attractant plantings

Pollinators are essential to healthy agriculture–yet they are threatened, in part due to losing habitat to monoculture farming, which grows acres and acres of only one plant and displaces the variety of flowering plants that keep pollinators fed and healthy all season long.

Here at Listening Tree, we’ve been on the land for 3 plus years now planting polycultures and herb gardens. These include pollinator attractors–flowering plants that feed pollinators through four growing seasons. The late, great summer of 2018 was the first year we saw a burgeoning of pollinator species come back. Amazing iridescent blue wasps, our first honeybee visitors from a neighbor’s farm, a not-so-great encounter with a bee hive in the leaf mulch pile, and it feels like perhaps we’re on the right track to healthy habitat.

Making a difference in the ways we support native bee pollinators is what our October  workshop is all about. Led by Tom Sullivan, owner of Pollinators Welcome, who has been designing beautiful pollinator habitat landscapes since 2009. A graduate of the Conway School of Landscape Design and designer of the first pollinator habitat nursery in Massachusetts, Tom teaches folks how to design and create pollinator habitats that meet pollinator biological needs by: appropriate siting of gardens in the landscape, choosing plants well suited to soil and sun, creating significant nesting opportunities and choosing pollinator life cycle protection through freedom from pesticides.

rescheduled to May 18, 2019, 9 am – 5 pm

Find out more and register here.


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Create a labyrinth

Jenza's labyrinth

 

This Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, 10-3, learn and do @ Listening Tree! This month it’s why and how to build a temporary labyrinth of natural materials. When it’s complete, we’ll walk the labyrinth in a guided meditation.

Jenn Nino of Jenza’s Garden will lead us through the whole process.

Our meditation will focus on making peace with the land we walk on. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, you’ll “walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

Click on the link below for details, or go right to registration.

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Eating weeds (it’s not what you think)

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Wild foods chef Brett Mayette will come back to Listening Tree this summer to show how to ethically wildcraft and cook the abundant wild foods to be found in our gardens. Join us to learn how to harvest before you weed and how to prepare those delicious weeds for dinner.

Brett is an amazing chef, and his favorite ingredients are of the wild and freshly foraged variety. Conscious Cuisine, based in Rhode Island, is Brett’s “evolutionary nutrition” company and its focus is to help people develop diversity in their diets and enjoy wild foods for better health.

Brett will be taking us on a walk through the fields and forests here at Listening Tree, and he will help us identify the nutritious plants, teach us about them, and show us how to harvest them. Then we will all gather as he prepares a meal for us- using the plants we just harvested.

Class will start at noon, and including our walk, plant harvest and meal, will wrap up at 3pm.

It will be a fun and informative class, with a delicious meal, and your own harvest to bring home for only $20. Hope you can join us. Registration is now open here.

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Workshop: “The Work that Reconnects”

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Burnout. Turn off. News fast. Verge of despair.

We hear these words or themes so often these days. In the early days of the women’s march, creativity burgeoned, people who’d never taken to the streets got active, and fear motivated many to ramp up our efforts to protect Muslims, immigrants, people of color, LGBTQIA folk, the environment, in short, ourselves.

People thought it couldn’t get any more outrageous. But outrage was the thing. Otherwise, you weren’t paying attention.

Then the corollary: I can’t be more outraged, or outraged all the time, so I’m not going to pay attention. Syncing perfectly with the shock doctrine approach to burning out the populace, to misdirecting with misinformation and deflection. But we can see through that, and revive our work for justice and peace.

Jim and Karina of SpiralEcology and two of the co-founders of Listening Tree have been offering the Work that Reconnects workshops as an antidote for burnout, despair, numbness, and generalized hopelessness for six or so years now, and offer on this Saturday, 9:30-4:30 @ Listening Tree. More info here and here, and registration here or by calling (401)710-9784. Cost is $50 but scholarships available.

We’ll have a potluck afterward, around 5, with a tour of Listening Tree Cooperative. Anyone can come to one or both, just let us know. RSVP for the potluck only by calling (401)710-9784.

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Anti-ableism in Daily Life

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Sunday, February 25, 2018 3-5 PM      @ Listening Tree

Learn about structural oppression of disabled folks and how we each can counter this through our language, thoughts, and behaviors, including evaluating our own needs and capacities for care. Anti-ableism topics include types of ableism, addressing our discomforts, ask vs. guess culture, de-stigmatizing help, mobility device etiquette, and other topics as folks request.This workshop will include journaling, discussion, and original content, and optional video.

The presenters:

Verge (xe/xir/xirs or he/him/his): a queer, trans, disabled, neurodivergent, HoH (hard of hearing), working-class artist & activist who is passionate about improving xirself, our communities, and our planet. Xe believes we are all still learning and welcomes respectful feedback, and is happy to offer additional resources whenever possible.

James (xe/xir/xirs or they/them/theirs): a gender non-binary activist currently studying to become an American Sign Language interpreter, a language in which xe is conversationally fluent. Xir past work includes web accessibility engineering and public health programming. James currently works part-time as a home health aide for Verge, and ’round the clock on trying to make the world a better place. Xe believes in using whatever tools we have, wherever we are, on working for peace and justice.


FREE but please RSVP to 401-710-9784

 

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Composting with worms for soil healing

A new event @ Listening Tree, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11 AM – 1 PM

Bow shed in the snow One of our founding associate members, Ben Goldberg built a bow shed on site for a farm-scale vermiculture project. Our soil was laced with Round-Up for decades before we bought the property, and in places it was as dead as a rock, only hosting lichens and mosses and early successional plants. The soil needs the amazing microbiological boost only worm castings can bring. So with Conor Lally, Ben launched our first social enterprise beyond the farms. The bow shed is a passive solar, wind-compatible design with plenty of room for commercial-scale worm bins. Now’s your chance to learn from Ben about his squirmy permie wormies.

Composting with worms is practical, easy, educational, and fun. Red wiggler worms efficiently convert food scraps into a dynamic soil amendment, a nutrient- and organism-rich compost. On top of that, worm ecosystems provide a remarkable glimpse into the natural world.

This workshop will cover various worm bin designs, worm ecology, care and feeding, and separating the castings for use. This will be an interactive workshop, to be held on site at Listening Tree’s vermiculture operation.

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The presenter:

Ben Goldberg has been keeping worms and making worm bins since 1995. He has presented workshops on worm bin ecology and composting for schools, agricultural conferences, and community groups. Ben holds degrees in both Environmental Education and Ecology from College of the Atlantic and The Audubon Expedition Institute.

Ben will teach us and entertain us all at the same time! You will certainly leave with hands-on knowledge of worm farming, as well as a new appreciation for the little things in life.

Donation: $10. Please RSVP to 401-710-9784.

 


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Eat Your Weeds!

 

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It’s not just cultivated food; the weeds have a life of their own, too.

Wild foods chef Brett Mayette of Conscious Cuisine comes to Listening Tree Cooperative to show how to ethically wildcraft and cook the abundant wild foods to be found in Rhode Island. Learn how to harvest before you weed and how to prepare those delicious weeds for dinner.

Brett is an amazing chef, and his favorite ingredients are of the wild and freshly foraged variety. We at Listening Tree are looking forward to learning all the nutrition our fields have to offer us!

The workshop includes a fresh meal and your own take home harvest and is a bargain at $20. It will be held Sat., Sept. 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Listening Tree Co-op. Register online here or get more information here. Organized by Listening Tree herbalist Maggie Hatzpanian,  goddess of the herb gardens here.

 

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August potluck will start later

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Dear friends,

Welcome to the farm, as usual, the first Saturday of the month, this time August 6. What is unusual is we’ll start at 6 pm instead of the usual 4. There will still be plenty of light and time to tour the farms and housing coop.

It will be a midsummer potluck feast! We have sooooo many luscious veggies in the garden, and the young chicken flock is just starting to lay (tiny) eggs, so we can’t wait to share with you.

And frolic.

Yes, there will be frolicking.

(Remind us if we get too serious and forget.)

 

RSVP here.

 

 

 

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Gratitude, paying forward

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Classic hippie buses full of new generations of classic hippies

Literally busloads of volunteers from the Grateful 4 Grace Revivalist Tour arrived at Listening Tree Coop last week to help shape up the farms and build out our coop infrastructure. It’s amazing how much got done in a week. They completed the composting privy, hoisted the roof deck for a new cabin, put up the rotational grazing fence for a new chicken run, (ate and) weeded weeds, chopped kindling, built a platform for a 750 gallon cistern, and trellised tomatoes. They made a new, wide gate in the homestead garden fence, and now truckloads of compost can get straight into the garden. Volunteers also helped start a hugelkultur mound in our future food forest area.

But more than all the work, the Grateful 4 Gracers’ loving energy uplifted everyone here. The trees, too, are grateful, from what we can tell!

The Grateful 4 Grace caravan travels around helping intentional communities build capacity as a way of paying forward the gratitude of their founders. We are certainly grateful for them and will pay forward to the world from the strength they lent us! Already we sent a big bag of fresh organic veggies along with them to bring to their next stop.

Thank you, thank you! To them and everyone who’s helped and touched our hearts here at Listening Tree.

 

 

 

Heron and Leah enjoy the view from the barn loft

Heron and Leah enjoyed the view out the herb loft window.