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.

inside vermiculture shed

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.

 


Community life, permaculture

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

Events @ Listening Tree

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.

 

listening to the land, permaculture

Upcoming Events @ Listening Tree

For updates, see the Events @ Listening Tree page

permaculture promise

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.
Community life, deep ecology, transition

Glistening Trees

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The item on the top of the co-op’s winter to-do list was for the soil to sleep. Finally it can: 15 inches of snow Thursday (February 9) and another couple last night. I harvested a month’s worth of carrots just as the snow began, just in case, and because I could. We put up deer fence the day before because the ground was completely unfrozen, so we could.

I got a laugh out of a forester last week, when I said we wanted to tag some trees to cut before mud season. “It’s been mud season all winter!” he guffawed. True that. I meant March, but I’m still learning how to live according to nature-as-it-shows up vs. the Julian calendar. Add to that the vagaries of the Anthropocene and the shift is on.

With systems as unstable as these, it seems anything can happen.

-Karina

 

Community life, deep ecology, transition

Positive Thinking in a Dark Age

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Listening Tree Co-op cofounder Jim Tull has just published his book of essays, Positive Thinking in a Dark Age: Essays on the Global Transition.