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Farmland Available: Listening Tree Cooperative

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[Mar. 21 update]

Want to live on your farm? Want to afford to own your farm? Want to start small with room to grow? We still have some land available for farming in the 2019 season–time to jump in!

Ultimately, we hope people farming here would live in our group household and be part of the community. But other options are available. Farmers could:

  • lease some or all of the land already cultivated,
  • lease to own (as described below),
  • live here or commute,
  • grow annual vegetables or herbs, raise animals, or develop a food forest/perennial crops.

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Events @ Listening Tree, local food & food justice

Foraging and propogating “wild” edibles with Russ Cohen

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Sunday, June 2, 2-5 PM

Northern Rhode Island is home to over 70 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known…and Eaten, on a 3-hour ramble to learn about at least two dozen edible plant species.  As each species is encountered, Russ will present information on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods. Russ will also provide general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Last but not least, Russ will also share details about propagating native edible species from seed, and how to identify appropriate places in the landscape to plant them.

Online registration here.

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Jackson Gillman and Pierre Giono to kick off Spoken Word! series at Listening Tree

April 6, 2018, 2 pm, @ Listening Tree

 

Celebrate spring with an afternoon of ecological Songs & Stories for a Small Planet. Jackson Gillman will be performing along with a visiting colleague, Pierre Giono, who will recount his grandfather Jean’s story of The Man Who Planted Hope. In it, Giono retells his moving encounters with Elzeard Bouffier, a reclusive shepherd/tree planter in Provence. Wendell Berry said, “In the figure of Elzeard Bouffier, Giono summarizes the best that can be said of our species.”

Jackson Gillman’s ecology background from the College of the Atlantic informs much of his work, with a wide variety of nature-oriented programs in repertoire. He has performed for many environmental groups including the North American Alliance for Environmental Education. And when all is said and sung, it is apparent that there is an underlying foundation of beneficence, hope, and spirit infusing his work.

After the performance, we’ll kick off the first potluck of the year. Then, we’ll open the mic for participation of any poets, storytellers, stand-up comedians, and other Wordy Rappinghoods and stand-up folx. Come for the spoken word featured performer, or the potluck and open mic, or both.

$15 donation requested for Jackson Gillman performance. Registration here. Potluck free. For that, please RSVP (401)710-9784.

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.”

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Raised bed growing workshop

Join us as we learn how to develop raised field beds. At Hocus Pocus Farm, raised field beds were developed for preventing water runoff and disease transmission. Learn how to develop a raised bed by adding amendments, nutrients and compost and learn how to turn over the beds once a crop is ready to be harvested for the season. Soil health and fertility will also be discussed.

Hocus Pocus is a small, chemical free farm located in Chepachet that is run by Courtney Sartini and Sophie Soloway. Hocus Pocus runs a local farm CSA and also sells their crops, seedlings and flowers directly to nearby restaurants and retail establishments. Both Courtney and Sophie bring a dedication of food access and sovereignty to the farm and are committed to providing the local community with a wide variety of high quality vegetables, flowers, culinary herbs, and seedlings.

This is a free event. Registration is encouraged but not required. Last minute attendees are welcome! Check nofari.org for any updates. Photographs may be taken at this event for NOFA RI promotional material. This event is sponsored by RI DEM via a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and co-sponsored by Listening Tree Co-op as the host of Hocus Pocus while they’ve been starting up their farm.