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Posted 11/3/2017 8:33pm by Sally Voris .

  

HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS AT A DRUM CIRCLE

Led by Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

 

May we honor our ancestors and receive energy and wisdom from them as we celebrate Halloween and All Saint's Day!    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/29/2017 11:48am by Sally Voris .

  

HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS AT A DRUM CIRCLE

Led by Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and has been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat last Saturday gave women a chance to share deeply. Our next retreat will be Saturday, December 16 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. 

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING: Our next gathering will be on Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Retreat House. 

The leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver bags of leaves to the farm--some 2,000 every year! We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!

Seeds for Puerto Rico! I recently learned that another farmer, Tom Simpson of Independence, Virginia, was planning to buy and send seeds to Puerto Rico. Tom's daughter recently lived in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Because Tom is a farmer and his daughter a local, they know what kinds of seeds to send and where to send them. They are hoping to send $1,200 worth of seeds. If you would like to contribute, send a check made out to The Church of the Good Shepherd-GALAX to Tom Simpson, 354 Two Rivers Road, Independence, VA 24348.  

Response to Wild Fires in California: I am feeling called to respond to the damage caused by the wildfires in California. I may head to California for some part of the winter and recruit a  young farmer(s) to take on the farm work here. I will keep you posted as my plans become firm. 

May we honor our ancestors and receive energy and wisdom from them as we celebrate Halloween and All Saint's Day!    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/22/2017 7:38pm by Sally Voris .

  

This week, two families came to dig sweet potatoes. A father and teen-aged son drove their shovels into the moist dirt to loosen it. Then two younger siblings picked  the sweets out of the ground. An aunt and niece came with young boys. They dug carefully, nearly caressing the sweet potatoes as they found them. As they worked, they shared stories and memories. Meantime, their young boys ran around the farm.The sweets are now dug and curing for winter. 

Now the leaves are coming!  On Mondays and Tuesdays, two local towns deliver some 2,000 bags of leaves a year to the farm. We make giant leaf piles and use them to improve the organic matter in the soil. Come help us open the bags of leaves! (Just let us know you are coming) and take home some great food!   

In addition to food, we are offering other ways to raise consciousness:   

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, October 28 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the farmhouse, 5009 Teeter Road.

Join a group of women who gather at the change of the seasons to reflect on the rhythms and seasons of their lives. We share our stories, create a seasonal ritual, share food, and engage in an art activity. Bring food to share and wear comfortable clothes. Suggested donation: $25/regulars; $15/first timers. Register here.                                                      

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and have been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

As the crispness of fall weather finally arrives, may we savor the season.    

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/14/2017 7:30pm by Sally Voris .

  

"Assume you have enough. Assume that everything you need will be provided..."    Those words came to me from the spirit of my father and his mother one day as I  worked on the old farmhouse.    

These words came back to me this morning. I have listened to news of the Calfornia wildfires, the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and the Presidential executive orders. I have also heard advertisements for one product after another, all addressed toward filling a need for something we lack.

The farm has taught me to raise my consciousness, as I raise food. Imagine beauty, bounty and balance--and watch it unfold. Imagine the fertile land that America is. Reconnect with that essential truth.  

This morning, a family of eight came to help in the garden. We dug sweet potatoes, picked green beans, tomatillos, turnips, lettuce, mustard, arugula, pumpkins and squash. We will eat great, fresh food this week. 

There are more sweets to dig--this Tuesday all day and Thursday evening are the best times to dig them for storing over the winter. Come enjoy the garden and take home some great food!   

In addition to food, we are offering other ways to raise consciousness:                                                                                    

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)  

Monday, October 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.

Vickii Engel Thomas, MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests reading this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ where there are "a ton of wonderful videos and images" to educate and inspire  Cost $25.00. Register here. Download a flyer here

We need a minimum of six people to sign up by Sunday, October 15 at 9:00 p.m. to hold this workshop! 

 GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING

Thursday, October 19, 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road, Taneytown, MD 

  

Marie Monn will lead our program which will include an introduction to mindfulness. The event will be held at the Retreat House. It is free and we will collect money to donate to women refugees. Register here.

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui MacMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the barn at the farm. 

 

From 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., we invite you to join Farm Circle members in decorating the temporary community altar in the barn. Please feel free to bring items (i.e. photos, flowers, or food) to honor a loved one. We will host a pot-luck meal for farm circle members (it is easy to join!). 

At 7:30 pm, Jaqui MacMillan, of Drum for Joy,  will again lead a drum circle to honor the ancestors. Jaqui discovered her passion for drumming in the early 1980's and have been teaching private lessons, leading workshops and drum circles throughout the U.S. for over 20 years. Bring a drum if you have one. We will have extra instruments.  Cost: $10/adult; $8/child; $25/family. Register hereDownload a flyer here. (Children 12 and over are welcome.)

As the events seem to spin out of control in our world, may we find comfort and support working with each other.   

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/12/2017 7:45pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

 

SWEET POTATO DIG: Saturday, October 14, from 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m. 

Help us dig sweet potatoes! Children are fascinated by most every root crop, sweet potatoes included. Take home several pounds of sweet potatoes (they are best cured for storage for about two weeks.) Every family unit can harvest a pumpkin of your choosing. We also have great veggies in the garden. A large tub is $30.00.  

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)  

Monday, October 16, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road.

Vickii Engel Thomas, MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ to get "a ton of wonderful videos and images."  Cost $25.00. Register by 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. Register here. Download a flyer here

 

 

 

Hope to see you soon!   

Warmly,

Sally

 

    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 10/1/2017 3:10pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

"I keep getting an image of a great cosmic tree that has roots that go deep into the center of the earth and branches that connect with the heavens. The roots provide a stability that can't be shaken and the branches and leaves provide a protection from all the storms flying about outside of this space.”           

                                                                                                      -- Robin Kissinger 

Now, more than ever, gathering at the farm can heal and refresh us.  

After a puppet show last Saturday, we gathered for a pot-luck meal and a fire circle. The air was clear, fresh and slightly cool. The sliver of the moon sank low in the sky. A dome of stars appeared above us; the Milky Way faintly visible. The fire's glow illuminated our faces. A young boy and girl roasted marshmallows and stuck the ends of their sticks into the embers. Above the drone of crickets chirping, we heard boys calling and the rumble of a little red wagon as they pulled each other around the farm. Click here for more images of the puppet show. 

A friend commented, “This is so grounding.” The warmth of the fire and the warmth of our spirits seemed to intertwine. In past years, some sang solos boldly. This year, we sang rounds softly, our voices blending together, as if we were comforting each other and humbly embracing our shared humanity after another week of devastating news. We began as acquaintances; by the end of evening, we felt our hearts as one.

DRUM CIRCLE FOR PEACE: Saturday, October 7, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Gathering around the fire was so grounding and so soothing, we'd like to offer it again. This time with the focus on drumming for peace (though singing and dancing are good too.) We want to support an initiative we learned of through the Global Sisterhood of women coming together to press for peace in Israel:  https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/sister%40unify.org/15eb4febffd14da4

We are inviting circle members and their guests. It will again include a potluck meal. We will accept donations to support this event.   

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), will be led by Vickii Engel Thomas, Monday, October 16, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Vickii  MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests reading this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ where there are "a ton of wonderful videos and images" to educate and inspire  Cost $25.00. Register here

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING, Thursday, October 19, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Marie Monn will lead our program which will include an introduction to mindfulness. The event will be held at the Retreat House. It is free and we will collect money to donate to women refugees. Register here.

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui McMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. More details soon. 

As the nights begin to cool, may we once again find our inner fire.  

Warmly,

Sally

 


    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/25/2017 8:11pm by Sally Voris .

  

 

"I keep getting an image of a great cosmic tree that has roots that go deep into the center of the earth and branches that connect with the heavens. The roots provide a stability that can't be shaken and the branches and leaves provide a protection from all the storms flying about outside of this space.”           

                                                                                                      -- Robin Kissinger 

Now, more than ever, gathering at such a space can heal and refresh us. So we offer: 

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, September 30 from 10:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Join a group of women who gather at the change of the seasons to reflect on the rhythms of their lives. Bring food to share and wear comfortable clothes. Suggested donation: $25/regulars; $15/first timers. Register here

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), led by Vickii Engel Thomas, Monday, October 16, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Vickii  MS, LMT, has been a practicing massage therapist since 1987, specializing in the relationship between mind and body.  She suggests reading this link https://www.thetappingsolution.com/ where there are "a ton of wonderful videos and images" to educate and inspire  Cost $25.00. Register here

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING, Thursday, October 19, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Marie Monn will lead our program which will include an introduction to mindfulness. The event will be held at the Retreat House. It is free and we will collect money to donate to women refugees. Register here.

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui McMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. More details soon. 

As we experience the fall equinox, may we help bring balance to our world. 

Warmly,

Sally

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/17/2017 1:26pm by Sally Voris .

  

Step into natural rhythms this fall at White Rose Farm!

Celebrate the Fall Equinox on Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 p.m. with a performance of

The Crystal Ball

presented by Beech Tree Puppets. 

Artists and musicians Ingrid and Ole Hass will perform an adapted version of this Grimm's fairy tale with hand-made puppets, accompanied by vocal and instrumental music. The story will captivate children of all ages with its lessons of courage, love and perseverance. Farm Circle members (learn more about membership) are invited to stay after the show for a potluck meal and fire circle. Cost for the puppet show: $10/adult; $7/child; $30/family. Register here.  Download a flyer.

GLOBAL SISTERHOOD GATHERING, Wednesday, September 20, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the farm (5009 Teeter Road.) Sally Voris will lead the gathering on the theme of this month's new moon, integrity and love. The event will include a fire circle. The event is free. We accept donations to support women refugees. We ask you to register

A TIME TO BE: A Woman's Retreat, on Saturday, September 30 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. Join a group of women who gather at the change of the seasons to reflect of the rhythms of their lives. Bring food to share and wear comfortable clothes. Suggested donation: $25/regulars; $15/first timers. Register here

AN INTRODUCTION TO EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), led by Vickii Engel Thomas, Monday, October 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Retreat House, 4234 Ruggles Road. Cost $25.00. Register here

DRUM CIRCLE TO HONOR THE ANCESTORS With Jaqui McMillan, November 4, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. More details soon. 

As the fall equinox draws near, may we contribute to the balance that is so needed in our world. 

Warmly,

Sally

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/15/2017 2:46pm by Sally Voris .

  

Join us for a magical evening to celebrate the Fall Equinox!

 

Beech Tree Puppets will present a revised version of a Grimm's fairy tale

The Crystal Ball  

September 23 at 5:00 p.m. 

 
"Follow the young Prince on his journey to save his brothers
who have been transformed into animals by an evil sorceress. 
Bravely and against all expectations, he overcomes great challenges,
to save his brothers and win the princess. "
 
The show is 35 minutes. Afterward, the puppeteers will answer questions about their puppets and their performance. A fire circle(weather permitting) and a potluck meal for farm circle members will follow the show.
 
Cost for the puppet show: $10/adult. $7/child,$30/ family. Register here.
 
Hope to see you soon!
 
Sally 

 

 

 

 





    TANEYTOWN, MARYLAND                                                                                                    WWW.WHITEROSEFARM.COM

 

Posted 9/13/2017 8:44pm by Sally Voris .

My baby brother has always wanted to be safe. A picture of our family shows him at age four, nestled deep into my father's lap, holding a stuffed animal close. Now aged 64, he was holed up on the eleventh floor of a condominium high-rise in Jacksonville, Florida as the St. Johns River roiled below him. He had money in the bank, but few places to go and little food to eat. He planned to walk down eleven flights of stairs a few days ago to get food from the grocery store. He doesn't know when the elevator will be working again. Where does he think food will come from? How it will get to the store?

He is suffering from “divorcement from nature,”a term coined by world-class gardener Alan Chadwick. That divorcement is now an American epidemic. Immigrants came to this country in waves from all over the world. We moved across the country harvesting natural resources and turning those living resources into money in the bank. We have built our culture on consumption. Now that same culture, out of balance, is eating us alive!

Alan worked with the subtle forces of nature to create gardens of eye-popping beauty and vitality. “How much more delicious to think that you're going to put (the garden) in balance instead of making war and destruction against creation,” he said. “When you approach your garden in this way, you have so many flowers, so much fruit, and so many vegetables, you haven't even enough friends to give them to....Because your soil, your air, becomes fertile and rich, and beautiful, and when the world becomes beautiful, it doesn't require outrageous destruction.”

Outrageous destruction: we have seen it in Houston and now in Jacksonville. My mother often quoted a phrase, “ And all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty back together again.” Do we really think that we could or should spend hundreds of billions of dollars to put Houston or Florida back together again? Will we build even more concrete, more development inadvertently inviting even more flooding? Where will we find the money to rebuild? Will we increase the national debt? Aren't the consequences of our abuses of nature becoming obvious?

The kings of consumption are dying: it is time to summon the Queen of Creation: Nature. She weaves wholeness and beauty effortlessly and efficiently. She attends to the smallest detail. She embodies fecundity; she transforms waste into food. She works in rhythms and cycles: death into life into death; light into dark into light. Her processes multiply exponentially: two can become millions in only five generations. When we work with her, we create beauty, bounty and balance.

Years ago, I learned that a raindrop falling from the sky lands hard on pavement or concrete. Water runs off surfaces that are hotter than it is; it soaks into soil that is cooler. Each time a raindrop lands on a leaf, its force softens. In a forest, it lands on layers of leaves: the leaves of trees, shrubs, low-growing plants and finally dead leaves and detritus on the ground. Then it gently sinks into the soil. These laws of nature are inviolate. Small actions multiply to create the consequences we now face.

How can we restore balance to our world? By working with nature! We can begin to restore the complex and diverse web of connections in the natural world and with each other. It is that web that sustains life itself. 

My brother talked several years ago about volunteering to help bring dancing to the promenade that was recently under water. I hope he does! Each of us has our own unique gifts and talents to share. When we come together and work for the good of the whole, we will transform the world into a place where all life can live—and die-- in beauty and harmony.

May this be our vision for a new world!

Sally 

Quiet time is starting....

Hazel is back! She is pregnant and due midwinter. Our thanks to Leah Mack, at whose farm Hazel and Daisy spent the summer with a virile bull.  Now we want to find Daisy, a pure-bred Jersey, a new home. She is pregnant and due mid-spring. Interested? Please contact me. Thanks. Sally    

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