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.

local food & food justice, organic farm, permaculture, species

Last chance for bees

“Due to the use of pesticides — along with climate change, loss of flower meadows, and parasites — bee populations are in decline. Three quarters of all crops around the world rely on animal pollination. But due to pollinator loss, between $235 billion and $577 billion in crop value is at risk,” ThinkProgress summarizes part of the UN extinction report released this week. But it’s not about the money so much as it is about food security. Which the report does mention:  ecological collapse threatens horror upon horror.

This is the last chance to save 500,000 of the one million species that don’t have a fracking home on the earth, or to go back to the technical language, have insufficient habitat to survive as a species.

Coincidentally, or not, it’s also the last chance to sign up for our bee habitat workshop next Saturday, May 18. You can learn right now how to make life easier for pollinators. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Get those rush tix! Coexist!

 

 

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, 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.


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

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Upcoming Events @ Listening Tree

For updates, see the Events @ Listening Tree page

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Listening Tree’s next potluck will be Saturday, June 17 at 4 pm. If you are interested in learning more about the co-op, please come! RSVP through the comments page, and leave us your phone number. Or call Listening Tree at 401-710-9784.

June 17 we also have a dowsing workshop with Steve Herbert, details here or below. It will be all day, and end with a free potluck to which the public is invited.

Then there will be a potluck July 1 at 4 pm.

July 15 we have an all-day permaculture design charette facilitated by Jono Neiger, author of The Permaculture Promise. Call or sign up for our email list to ensure you hear about details and registration. This event, too, will be followed by a open potluck at 4-4:30 pm. See below for details.

After that, the next potluck will be August 5. Harvest will be in full swing!

 

Basic Dowsing

An introduction to the practical art of accuracy in the search for location and information
A one-day intensive workshop in basic dowsing, tools, and methods
with Advanced Dowsing Instructor STEVE HERBERT
 

Saturday, June 17, 9:00AM – 4PM

Registration 8:30 • Rain or Shine

Listening Tree Coop

87 Reservoir Rd

Chepatchet, RI

Fee: $70.00

Includes lunch – Please bring your own mug, plate, and utensils.

 

Steve Herbert lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and holds degrees in Geology and Anthropology. He has been an ASD member since 1985. He has also served in the Peace Corps in Africa and Latin America, where he has worked as an agro-forester, and in developing water resources and sanitation systems. Steve was named 2002 Dowser of the Year by the ASD.

We will cover

  • Introduction to dowsing
  • Dowsing tools and methods
  • Experiencing the dowsing reaction
  • Determining personal codes
  • Learning proper phrasing of requests
  • Applications of dowsing

The workshop will follow American Society of Dowsers founder and Master Dowser Terry Ross’s Seven Levels Of The Development Of The Dowser and offer advice for each stage of progression. Advanced topics will include dowsing theory, programming, increasing accuracy and the dowser’s sense. Guidance will be offered on all aspects of the dowsing quest or search. The focus will be on water dowsing as the topics are explained. A field demonstration and practice will be included. We will extend out to personal dowsing, earth energies, auras, agricultural dowsing, and other specialties as time permits.

Handouts provided. Dowsing tools will be available for practice and for sale.

For additional information, or to RSVP,

Please call 401-710-9784

or click on this link

 

Permaculture Design Charette


Some of us “cooperatives” have been living at Listening Tree for 2 years this June. We’ve dreamed, speculated, walked the land with “soft eyes,” started a lot of projects, planted a lot, but there’s so much more potential to cooperate with the ecosystem and heal the soil and biodiversity, as well as develop our community.

We’re thrilled Jono Neiger, author of The Permaculture Promise, will be coming to Listening Tree July 15 to lead an all-day permaculture design charette–an inclusive process of looking deeply into how to listen to and respond to the land, water, and life here, and plan our growth and integration.

More details here. Or go ahead and register for the $125 all-day event here.