We are engaging people to work together to restore health to the land, the natural world and each other. We are fed deeply when we care for the land that provides for us. Our non-profit, White Rose Farm Circle, Inc. was founded in 2015. We now offer educational, community and seasonal events and volunteer opportunities at White Rose Farm, a 132-acre farm in northwest Carroll County.
Located in the center of an agricultural district, the farm's vistas are of gently rolling fields, traditional hedgerows and woodlands. Founder Sally Voris worked with the rhythms of nature and used biodynamic practices to enliven soil and all life on the farm. She created gardens that are beautiful, bountiful and balanced, a space designed to restore harmony and happiness to those who visit.
The farm's large garden displays exuberant colors and textures; bees and butterflies abound. Its vegetables, flowers, fruit and herbs pop with flavor and vitality. The setting allows people to breathe deeply, relax and open to new experiences. Members may taste a new herb or vegetable, pick flowers, hold a chicken, or learn how to use a new tool. We are promoting member sharing through our community Facebook group.
Words from Sally
A friend offered me white roses from her garden. When one wanted to be planted at the front gate, I knew that this farm was meant to be named,”White Rose Farm.” Soon the words, “Beauty, bounty and balance” came to me as touchstones for my work.
One person has said that this land was held in reverence by Native Americans; another has said that it was a place for healers to heal; a third saw it as a place for shelter and stability in a world swirling with chaos.
Its latest chapter began when my father purchased this 132-acre farm in 1965. He had wanted to be a farmer. In 1967, he built a small rancher on the northeast side of the property (now the Retreat House) and planned to move here. That dream was never realized. After my mother died, I inherited a quarter interest in the farm. With support from the Agricultural Preservation program in Carroll County, I bought the farm, moved here, and created an old homestead, complete with a large garden, an orchard, a berry patch, a chicken coop, a barn and a family cow.
In 2005, I met biodynamic consultant Hugh Lovel. He knew much more about farming and agriculture than anyone I had ever met. Soon I was studying biodynamic agriculture intensively. Initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1924, this approach recognizes the farm as a living organism and all of life supported by spiritual forces. I have been using this approach ever since.
My dream is to create a place of beauty, bounty and balance that anchors an educational community focused on creating wholeness in ourselves and in our world. I have been deeply inspired by the work of world-class gardener Alan Chadwick. Let me end with a quote:
“The true approach to biodynamics pauses at the garden gate, and enters in reverence, obedience, love, joy and awe of the invisible becoming manifest for you, with you, as you.” Stephen Crimi
That is what I have found in the garden. I invite you to join me in this exploration.
Sally Voris (November 14, 1951-October 2, 2020)
Sally Voris was recognized regionally and nationally for sharing the stories of her home community of Elkridge and the Patapsco Valley before she moved to the farm her parents had bought in 1966.
In 2004, after a career combining gardening, storytelling, writing, teaching and organizing, she began to develop White Rose Farm as a regional center to promote beauty, bounty and balance. She completed a year-long part-time training program in biodynamic agriculture at The Pfeiffer Center in New York in 2009. She was recognized as a mentor farmer in the North American Biodynamic Apprenticeship Training Program in 2012.
Throughout her career, she has developed multidimensional programs that bring together art, agriculture, community sharing and a sense of wholeness. She has organized seasonal events, women's circles, full and new moon celebrations and retreats.
Sally believed that as we build relationships with each other and the world around us, we create invisible threads that link us heart to heart.