Potlucks and Tours
Open-house potlucks are set for 2019, first Saturdays, 4-9 pm, starting in April. Please come if you are interested in living and/or farming here, or just to connect, stay in touch, enjoy the farms and home, and hear more about what we are doing. Tour will start at 4:10ish. Please call (401)710-9784 to RSVP.
- April 6
- May 4
- June 1
- July 6
- Aug 3
- Sept 7
- Oct 5
Icky Ticks: For all Listening Tree events, please take tick precautions. The woods and fields do have ticks, and some of the ticks do carry Lyme disease and possibly co-infections. Please tuck pants into socks, use repellent, and check yourself for pin-head sized ticks when you get home. Wash clothes before wearing them again.
Songs and Stories for a Small Planet
April 6, 2-4 pm with Jackson Gillman and Pierre Giono
Celebrate the season of tree planting with an afternoon of 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 Jackson’s performance, we’ll kick off the first potluck of the year and open the (virtual) mic for participation of any poets, storytellers, stand-up comedians, and other stand-up folx and Wordy Rappinghoods. Come for the performance, the potluck, or both.
$15 donation requested for Spoken Word. Registration here.
Potluck free. Please RSVP (401)710-9784.
Making Ways for Pollinators
Sat., May 18, 2019 (rescheduled) with Tom Sullivan
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 diversity of flowering plants that keep pollinators fed and healthy all season long.
Making a difference in the ways we support native bee pollinators is what this full day 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.
Foraging and Planting Wild Edibles
Sunday, June 2, 2-5 PM with Russ Cohen
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 from20 seed, and how to identify appropriate places in the landscape to plant them.
Young Farmer Night @ Listening Tree
June 10, 6 pm with Young Farmer Network
This growing season, Young Farmer Network is hosting a series of Young Farmer Nights focused on the theme of land access and land tenure.
We’re thrilled to be part of it, because a big part of our mission here at Listening Tree is to make housing and land permanently affordable, and help farmers be able to live on their land, with ownership, yet without the full cost of buying a farm by ourselves. That is why we chose the model of a “limited equity cooperative,” and are selling shares that include land tenure protections for farmers’ long-term viability–and for the sake of the soil.
No RSVP required. Will be a tour, talk about land access and Listening Tree’s model, a potluck, and finally a fire circle, weather permitting.
Young Farmer Nights are open to ANYONE and EVERYONE, all ages and backgrounds and farming experience levels are welcome. children are welcome! 2019 is the tenth consecutive year that we have been running these tours!
Read more about the history of YFN here (http://www.youngfarmernetwork.org/about-our-network/#/yfn-story/) .
Each YFN is structured as a tour followed by a potluck and hang time. Please bring a dish to contribute to the potluck dinner, as well as a plate and fork for yourself.
Tours begin at 6pm.
If you’re running late, it’s still worthwhile to come! We will try to wait for stragglers, but if we have to get moving we’ll leave a note of where you can find us on the tour.
Re: the potluck — if you’re farming all day and are busy and manage to tear yourself away but can’t bring a potluck item, you are still welcome! we understand!
All kinds of compost: from verimcompost to humanure
July 6, 2-4 with Conor Lally
Take a whirlwind tour of compost – including various backyard methods, worm composting at the home and farm scale, composting humanure and the many options for eco-toilets and urine diversion. We will discuss the basic science of composting, various technologies and methods, and how to select a system that best meets your needs and preferences. We’ll cover some key points on how to get started and how to approach misinformation and misconceptions that persist. We’ll take a look back at the history of synthetic fertilizer, waterborne sanitation, and industrial farming to better understand how we arrived at our current state, and how we can shift towards a better system that eliminates pollution, protects water, and builds healthy soils.
Conor Lally of Nutrient Networks will introduce principles and practices, with an insiders view of all three types of composting in action at Listening Tree Co-op.
The Work That Reconnects
with Jim Tull and Karina Lutz date TBA
This one-day deep ecology workshop to help us heal our world will be facilitated by Listening Tree members Karina and Jim. Using the Work that Reconnects spiral approach, we’ll face the world’s environmental, social, and economic crises and come out stronger and clearer in heart and mind, to avoid burnout and be more effective in our efforts to preserve the well-being of the earth and humans.
2019 date TBA. Tell us when you would like it to be. Jim and Karina can also bring the workshop to your group.
The Work That Reconnects
This one-day deep ecology workshop to help us heal our world was held not at Listening Tree, but facilitated by Listening Tree Co-op members, Jim Tull and Karina Lutz, in Connecticut in January. Using the “Work that Reconnects” spiral approach, we faced the world’s environmental, social, and economic crises and come out stronger and clearer in heart and mind, to avoid burnout and be more effective in our efforts to preserve the well-being of the earth and humans.
Create a labyrinth
Sept. 29, 2018, 10-3
Learn and do @ Listening Tree! In September it was why and how to build a temporary labyrinth of natural materials. When it was complete, we walked the labyrinth in a guided meditation.
Jenn Nino of Jenza’s Garden led us through the whole process.
Our meditation focused 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.”
Click on the link below for details.
Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds
Aug. 19, 2018
Hocus Pocus Farm, currently located at Listening Tree Co-op, will be hosting a workshop on how they have been growing vegetables in raised field beds for their CSA and markets.
Details and registration here.
“Midwifing the Great Turning”: A Work that Reconnects workshop
June 30, 2018: 9:30-4:30
One-day deep ecology workshop to help us heal our world. Using the “Work that Reconnects” spiral approach, we’ll face the world’s environmental, social, and economic crises and come out stronger and clearer in heart and mind, to avoid burnout and be more effective in our efforts to preserve the well-being of the earth and humans. Details on the blog page: listeningtree.blog/2018/06/25/workshop-the-work-that-reconnects/
Wild Summer Greens @ Listening Tree
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Wild foods chef Brett Mayette comes back to Listening Tree this year to show how to ethically wildcraft and cook the abundant wild foods to be found in our gardens–before we even plant a seed. Join us to 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 about all the nutrition our fields have to offer us!
Conscious Cuisine, based in Rhode Island, is Brett’s “evolutionary nutrition” company and its focus is to help people develop diversity in their diets and enjoy wild foods for better health.
Brett will be taking us on a walk through the fields and forests here at Listening Tree, he will help us identify the nutritious plants, teach us about them, and show us how to harvest them. Then we will all gather as he prepares a meal for us–using the plants we just harvested!
Class will start at noon, and including our walk, plant harvest and meal, will wrap up at 3pm.
It will be a fun and informative class, with a delicious meal, and your own harvest to bring home for only $20. Registration here.
Anti-ableism in Daily Life
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 3-5 PM @ Listening Tree
Learn about structural oppression of disabled folks and how we each can counter this through our language, thoughts, and behaviors, including evaluating our own needs and capacities for care. Anti-ableism topics include types of ableism, addressing our discomforts, ask vs. guess culture, de-stigmatizing help, mobility device etiquette, and other topics as folks request.This workshop will include journaling, discussion, and original content, and optional video.
Verge Steinman (xe/xir/xirs or he/him/his): a queer, trans, disabled, neurodivergent, HoH (hard of hearing), working-class artist & activist who is passionate about improving xirself, our communities, and our planet. Xe believes we are all still learning and welcomes respectful feedback, and is happy to offer additional resources whenever possible.
James Downey (xe/xir/xirs or they/them/theirs): a gender non-binary activist currently studying to become an American Sign Language interpreter, a language in which xe is conversationally fluent. Xir past work includes web accessibility engineering and public health programming. James currently works part-time as a home health aide for Verge, and ’round the clock on trying to make the world a better place. Xe believes in using whatever tools we have, wherever we are, on working for peace and justice.
FREE! Please RSVP to 401-710-9784.
Composting with worms for soil healing
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 11 AM – 1 PM @ Listening Tree
Composting with worms is practical, easy, educational, and fun. Red wiggler worms efficiently convert food scraps into a rich soil amendment, a nutrient- and organisms-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 large-scale vermiculture operation run by Ben Goldberg and Conor Lally. For more see the blog post.
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 (suggested). Please RSVP to (401)710-9784.