Events @ Listening Tree, permaculture

Daylong Workshop: Making Ways for Pollinators

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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.

Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 9-5

Find out more and register here.


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Two years, one season, and one moon…

first entire meal of Listening Tree food

A permaculture consultant, Carter Tracy, came by and walked with us: taught us to walk the perimeter with soft eyes, to observe for the first year before doing anything.

As much as I love and prefer being, not doing—well let’s just say I failed that first assignment.

We had seen a buck stand and look at us, the first night we were here, from right in the middle of the kitchen garden we were about to plant. It was almost as if he said, I heard you folks are planting a garden here! Cool!

If we’d observed that observation, we might have thought, okay, so let’s build a fence, then plant the garden. It was June 12th already, though, and we were very excited to finally be landing on our earth.

Two years, one season, and one moon later, the days are getting shorter, the garden is in its profligate decline, and the lengthening nights are ripening for storytelling.

-Karina

Oct. 10,  2017

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Upcoming Events @ Listening Tree

For updates, see the Events @ Listening Tree page

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Listening Tree’s next potluck will be Saturday, June 17 at 4 pm. If you are interested in learning more about the co-op, please come! RSVP through the comments page, and leave us your phone number. Or call Listening Tree at 401-710-9784.

June 17 we also have a dowsing workshop with Steve Herbert, details here or below. It will be all day, and end with a free potluck to which the public is invited.

Then there will be a potluck July 1 at 4 pm.

July 15 we have an all-day permaculture design charette facilitated by Jono Neiger, author of The Permaculture Promise. Call or sign up for our email list to ensure you hear about details and registration. This event, too, will be followed by a open potluck at 4-4:30 pm. See below for details.

After that, the next potluck will be August 5. Harvest will be in full swing!

 

Basic Dowsing

An introduction to the practical art of accuracy in the search for location and information
A one-day intensive workshop in basic dowsing, tools, and methods
with Advanced Dowsing Instructor STEVE HERBERT
 

Saturday, June 17, 9:00AM – 4PM

Registration 8:30 • Rain or Shine

Listening Tree Coop

87 Reservoir Rd

Chepatchet, RI

Fee: $70.00

Includes lunch – Please bring your own mug, plate, and utensils.

 

Steve Herbert lives in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and holds degrees in Geology and Anthropology. He has been an ASD member since 1985. He has also served in the Peace Corps in Africa and Latin America, where he has worked as an agro-forester, and in developing water resources and sanitation systems. Steve was named 2002 Dowser of the Year by the ASD.

We will cover

  • Introduction to dowsing
  • Dowsing tools and methods
  • Experiencing the dowsing reaction
  • Determining personal codes
  • Learning proper phrasing of requests
  • Applications of dowsing

The workshop will follow American Society of Dowsers founder and Master Dowser Terry Ross’s Seven Levels Of The Development Of The Dowser and offer advice for each stage of progression. Advanced topics will include dowsing theory, programming, increasing accuracy and the dowser’s sense. Guidance will be offered on all aspects of the dowsing quest or search. The focus will be on water dowsing as the topics are explained. A field demonstration and practice will be included. We will extend out to personal dowsing, earth energies, auras, agricultural dowsing, and other specialties as time permits.

Handouts provided. Dowsing tools will be available for practice and for sale.

For additional information, or to RSVP,

Please call 401-710-9784

or click on this link

 

Permaculture Design Charette


Some of us “cooperatives” have been living at Listening Tree for 2 years this June. We’ve dreamed, speculated, walked the land with “soft eyes,” started a lot of projects, planted a lot, but there’s so much more potential to cooperate with the ecosystem and heal the soil and biodiversity, as well as develop our community.

We’re thrilled Jono Neiger, author of The Permaculture Promise, will be coming to Listening Tree July 15 to lead an all-day permaculture design charette–an inclusive process of looking deeply into how to listen to and respond to the land, water, and life here, and plan our growth and integration.

More details here. Or go ahead and register for the $125 all-day event here.
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Snow finally comes

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The wetlands emerge!

After a week of actually working in the fields and woods as if it were spring, or fall, or some kind of dry mud season, snow finally came to Listening Tree. Everything is, of course, transformed. The vernal wetlands have appeared, confirming that those some different plant communities did indicate more water, and showing us where we might collect some more water for irrigation. The photo above is the vernal pond that feeds the dug irrigation/swimming/bass pond, while that pond itself is full again, as it was when we arrived in June. We can start to see what a year on this land will look like.

Here’s a panorama that shows that wetland and the year-round pond.

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