Events @ Listening Tree, organic farm, transition

Composting with worms for soil healing

A new event @ Listening Tree, Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11 AM – 1 PM

Bow shed in the snow One of our founding associate members, Ben Goldberg built a bow shed on site for a farm-scale vermiculture project. Our soil was laced with Round-Up for decades before we bought the property, and in places it was as dead as a rock, only hosting lichens and mosses and early successional plants. The soil needs the amazing microbiological boost only worm castings can bring. So with Conor Lally, Ben launched our first social enterprise beyond the farms. The bow shed is a passive solar, wind-compatible design with plenty of room for commercial-scale worm bins. Now’s your chance to learn from Ben about his squirmy permie wormies.

Composting with worms is practical, easy, educational, and fun. Red wiggler worms efficiently convert food scraps into a dynamic soil amendment, a nutrient- and organism-rich compost. On top of that, worm ecosystems provide a remarkable glimpse into the natural world.

This workshop will cover various worm bin designs, worm ecology, care and feeding, and separating the castings for use. This will be an interactive workshop, to be held on site at Listening Tree’s vermiculture operation.

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The presenter:

Ben Goldberg has been keeping worms and making worm bins since 1995. He has presented workshops on worm bin ecology and composting for schools, agricultural conferences, and community groups. Ben holds degrees in both Environmental Education and Ecology from College of the Atlantic and The Audubon Expedition Institute.

Ben will teach us and entertain us all at the same time! You will certainly leave with hands-on knowledge of worm farming, as well as a new appreciation for the little things in life.

Donation: $10. Please RSVP to 401-710-9784.

 


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Eat Your Weeds!

 

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It’s not just cultivated food; the weeds have a life of their own, too.

Wild foods chef Brett Mayette of Conscious Cuisine comes to Listening Tree Cooperative to show how to ethically wildcraft and cook the abundant wild foods to be found in Rhode Island. Learn how to harvest before you weed and how to prepare those delicious weeds for dinner.

Brett is an amazing chef, and his favorite ingredients are of the wild and freshly foraged variety. We at Listening Tree are looking forward to learning all the nutrition our fields have to offer us!

The workshop includes a fresh meal and your own take home harvest and is a bargain at $20. It will be held Sat., Sept. 16, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Listening Tree Co-op. Register online here or get more information here. Organized by Listening Tree herbalist Maggie Hatzpanian,  goddess of the herb gardens here.

 

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August potluck will start later

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Dear friends,

Welcome to the farm, as usual, the first Saturday of the month, this time August 6. What is unusual is we’ll start at 6 pm instead of the usual 4. There will still be plenty of light and time to tour the farms and housing coop.

It will be a midsummer potluck feast! We have sooooo many luscious veggies in the garden, and the young chicken flock is just starting to lay (tiny) eggs, so we can’t wait to share with you.

And frolic.

Yes, there will be frolicking.

(Remind us if we get too serious and forget.)

 

RSVP here.

 

 

 

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Gratitude, paying forward

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Classic hippie buses full of new generations of classic hippies

Literally busloads of volunteers from the Grateful 4 Grace Revivalist Tour arrived at Listening Tree Coop last week to help shape up the farms and build out our coop infrastructure. It’s amazing how much got done in a week. They completed the composting privy, hoisted the roof deck for a new cabin, put up the rotational grazing fence for a new chicken run, (ate and) weeded weeds, chopped kindling, built a platform for a 750 gallon cistern, and trellised tomatoes. They made a new, wide gate in the homestead garden fence, and now truckloads of compost can get straight into the garden. Volunteers also helped start a hugelkultur mound in our future food forest area.

But more than all the work, the Grateful 4 Gracers’ loving energy uplifted everyone here. The trees, too, are grateful, from what we can tell!

The Grateful 4 Grace caravan travels around helping intentional communities build capacity as a way of paying forward the gratitude of their founders. We are certainly grateful for them and will pay forward to the world from the strength they lent us! Already we sent a big bag of fresh organic veggies along with them to bring to their next stop.

Thank you, thank you! To them and everyone who’s helped and touched our hearts here at Listening Tree.

 

 

 

Heron and Leah enjoy the view from the barn loft

Heron and Leah enjoyed the view out the herb loft window.