Step into Life at White Rose Farm!

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Posted 5/21/2016 11:40am by Sally Voris .


This Sunday evening, May 22, the farm will open from 4:00 p.m. til dark. What a great time for a visit! Hazel the heifer will be in the barn, Guinea hogs in the pig pen, small Guinea fowl and chickens in the barn and new goslings may be hatched by then. A wonderful time to step into the dance of spring on the farm--and to take home fabulous lettuce, radish and onions for salads! 

Looks like the strawberries may be a day short of sun, but my favorite rose, Therese Bugnet, is blooming in profusion. So delicious!

We will step into summer with a BARN DANCE on June 18 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. featuring the Main Line Gravy Soppers and called by Janine Borofka. Click here for a flyer: click here to  register. 

Hope you will come for a visit! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

(We are opening on Sunday evening rather than gather on Saturday night for the full moon, because it is supposed to rain all day Saturday.)  

Posted 5/18/2016 8:41pm by Sally Voris .

This Sunday evening, May 22, the farm will open from 4:00 p.m. til dark. What a great time for a visit! Hazel the heifer will be in the barn, Guinea hogs in the pig pen, small Guinea fowl and chickens in the barn and new goslings may be hatched by then. A wonderful time to drink in spring on the farm--and to take home fabulous lettuce, radish and onions for salads! 

We may also have the first strawberries to pick and the first roses in bloom (though the weather has been cold and rainy.)  

Hope you will come for a visit! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

 

(We are opening on Sunday evening rather than gather on Saturday night for the full moon, because it is supposed to rain all day Saturday.)  

Posted 5/11/2016 8:12pm by Sally Voris .
 
This Saturday morning from 9:00 to noon, the farm is hosting a volunteer work time from 9:00 to noon. What with all the rainy weather, we need extra help in the garden, especially with weeding.  
 
The morning will start at 9:00 a.m. with an introduction to biodynamic agriculture. This form of agriculture was initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1924. It includes working with the rhythms of nature and of imagining one's farm as a living organism. We'll have a brief orientation to the farm, a review of safety issues and a tour of the garden from 9 to 10. We will ask volunteers to work in the garden from 10 to 12. We are offering herbs (plants or fresh picked) for volunteers to take home --nettle, comfrey, peppermint or garlic chives. We will also have fabulous fresh lettuce and spring onions for a fair price.  
 
The event is free and appropriate for families with school-age children. Please bring tools, gloves and wear mud-worthy footwear. It is often colder and windier here, so bring an extra layer of clothing. Any questions? Please call 410-756-9303. RSVP is helpful. 
 
Thanks and hope to see you soon!
 
Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 5/1/2016 6:33am by Sally Voris .

The grass is mowed; the barn swept, the weather report calls for a break in the rain from noon to 7:00 p.m., so we may be able to dance the May Pole Dance. BUT THE EXCITING NEWS is that we have an-hour-old heifer in the barn, Hazel the Heifer. She was born last night just at dusk. Hazel and her mom, Brigid, are bonding in the barn.  Hope you will come join us to celebrate spring on the farm! Here's a link to the flyer. 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 4/29/2016 8:15pm by Sally Voris .

Our traditional May Day Celebration is on! 

When I looked out my window, I saw a world of lush green,with few flowers to pick for May Day. I realized that we humans need to bring the color to May Day this year. I want to share the story of the land--how the weather is changing and how we as humans are being called to dance with nature. I am preparing a story/performance engaging those who come in a dance with Life! 

 

Puppeteer Ingrid Cowanhass of Beechtree Puppets based in Takoma Park, Maryland will perform "Butterfly Wonder, A Tale of Metamorphosis" in addition to our traditional May Day Celebration! The 17-minute show features hand-crafted puppets performed on an apron stage. (Ingrid will make REALLY easy and simple paper butterflies afterwards for the children to fly around the garden) 

In the show. Inchy the caterpillar, has just popped out of his egg! He makes new friends, hides from the bird, and eats many leaves before spinning his cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly.  Songs and short dialogues introduce the flowers, animals (a hungry caterpillar in three sizes, a mouse, robin, a bee and of course the butterfly), and the change from daytime to the moon and stars of night.

We will hold our traditional May Pole festivities including the May Pole Dance accompanied by Artie and the Vipers, a folk band based in Baltimore, if possible, but if it is raining, we are cleaning space in the barn and the studio for story telling, craft activities and music. 

We have baby goslings, Guinea keets and peeps and a calf that is due any day. Join us as we celebrate the glory of Spring and new life! 

Click here for a flyer; click here to register for the event. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 4/28/2016 4:04pm by Sally Voris .

Several people have asked is there a rain date for the May Day Celebration? There is no good rain date--the next Sunday is Mother's Day. Here is our latest plan: 

 
On Sunday morning by 9:00 a.m., I will decide based on the weather and the weather report whether to cancel the event or not. I will post a notice on the website and send an e-mail to the farm's e-list. One year, it poured and we canceled the event.
 
If the weather is iffy, we will go forward--with a back-up of holding events in the studio and the barn: we can do crafts and flower baskets. Ingrid can perform the puppet show. Another friend, a storyteller, is preparing a story. The band can perform in the barn. It may not be ideal, but it is decidedly real. 
 
Hope we can make this happen and hope to see you!  
 
Sally 
 
P.S. Yes, you can pay by check or cash the day of the event.  The weather forecast has changed every day I have checked. So I suggest you wait, and pray for good weather. This will be a great event if we can get it in!!!!
Posted 4/24/2016 1:51pm by Sally Voris .

Our traditional May Day Celebration just got even more engaging for the whole family! 

Puppeteer Ingrid Cowanhass of Beechtree Puppets based in Takoma Park, Maryland will perform "Butterfly Wonder, A Tale of Metamorphosis" in addition to our traditional May Day Celebration! The 17-minute show features hand-crafted puppets performed on an apron stage. (Ingrid will make REALLY easy and simple paper butterflies afterwards for the children to fly around the garden) 

In the show. Inchy the caterpillar, has just popped out of his egg! He makes new friends, hides from the bird, and eats many leaves before spinning his cocoon and emerging as a beautiful butterfly.  Songs and short dialogues introduce the flowers, animals (a hungry caterpillar in three sizes, a mouse, robin, a bee and of course the butterfly), and the change from daytime to the moon and stars of night.

This will  be a wonderful addition to our traditional May Pole festivities including the May Pole Dance accompanied by Artie and the Vipers, a folk band based in Baltimore and known for its Morris dances with accordionist Mark Vidor.   

Join us as we celebrate the glory of Spring and new life! 

Click here for a flyer; click here to register for the event. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 4/20/2016 5:35pm by Sally Voris .

Just a reminder that the Early Bird Special for the following program ends today.  Retreat yourself with 

Yoga, Essential Oils & a Healthy Spring

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown, MD. 

 

Laurel Brennan will lead a workshop that includes Vinyasa-style yoga, and then information about how to use essential oils to soothe muscles, clean your home naturally and how to protect yourself, your children and your pets using natural and organic essential oils. Cost is $40. We have extended our Early Bird Special to April 20. Space is limited. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. 

Hope to see you soon! 

Sally Voris 

Posted 4/13/2016 5:10am by Sally Voris .

Just a reminder of programs planned at White Rose Farm! 

Yoga, Essential Oils & a Healthy Spring

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.

Laurel Brennan will lead a workshop that includes Vinyasa-style yoga, and how to use essential oils to soothe muscles, clean your home naturally and how to protect yourself, your children and your pets using natural and organic essential oils. Cost is $40. We have extended our Early Bird Special to April 20. Space is limited. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. 

Our Women's Circle 

Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 to 3:30 p.m.

A circle of women within our wider network gathers 8 times a year at the change of the seasons to be present to each other and to the land. Space is limited. Bring food to share. Cost is $25: $15 for first-timers. Click here for more information. Click here to register. 

 

May Day Celebration

Sunday, May 1 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Join us as we recreate a old-time Spring tradition--weaving stain ribbons around the May Pole. Artie and the Vipers will provide music. Bring your family and friends; pick fresh herbs and flowers; make garlands, crowns and staffs with ribbons and flowers and join in the procession! (or sit back and watch.) Taste delicious food grown and prepared at White Rose Farm. Extra farm goodies will be available for purchase.   Cost: $10/adult; $5/child; or $25/family. 10% Early Bird discount for those who register by April 24th. Click here for a flyer; click here to register. 

I will share more details about our upcoming season soon.

Meantime, Happy Spring! 

 

Sally Voris, White Rose Farm

www.whiterosefarm.com, 410-756-9303

Posted 3/29/2016 10:39am by Sally Voris .

I will be introducing participants to key concepts of world-class gardener Alan Chadwick at The Spirit of Sustainable Agriculture conference held at the Harvard Divinity School this week and co-sponsored by that school and the Biodynamic Association. 

The work of Alan Chadwick has deeply inspired me, through two books, Performance in the Garden and Reverence and Obedience and the Invisible in the Garden. They also created a set of 7 CD's featuring Chadwick's lectures, all edited by Stephen Crimi. They are available at www.logosophiabooks.com. . 

As a taste of his work, I offer these snippets from Chadwick: 

...the whole world is governed by a pulsation...this pulsation is like breathing; it is in and out, relaxation and tension, the Sun rises and the Sun sets, the moon rises and the moon sets and the cycles come and go but none of them are ever a repetition. And of course, it's not only the year, it's not only a month, it's not only a day, it's not only an hour; it is every moment There is no time. And there is throughout life and creation, balance. The balance that comes from day and night, hot and cold, love and hate, this and that, yes and no. And therefore, the whole vision of biodynamic growing is that you enter the garden because you love creation.

 

And so it is that in this madness of taking about the garden or the farm we have consistently to think of food, and then you think of the emporium that sells it all, in bags at the government shop.

And this food is what? Is it exactly the same as breathing in and out. It is change. It isn't what feed you at all. In a certain sense not at all. It's the metamorphosis. ...and this is exactly what the whole procedure of food is: that it is turning it from one live turning it from one live spiritual thing into another that is energy. The hands of God. What an immaculate thing is food! How can your turn food into a utility? You can feed by breathing pure aroma. You can feed by breathing while listening to music. You can feed by observing color. All of this is a form of food because it is a form of metamorphosis....

May we enter the garden this spring dancing with Creation! 

Sally 

 

 

 

Our Season Opens....

with a celebration of May Day on Sunday, May 6 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  featuring live music by Artie and the Vipers and a traditional May Pole Dance. Check our calendar for details.  

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