We are excited about our Workshops and Events for 2016: Read on for the listing and details, and view a pdf of our calendar.
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Up Next: Saturday October 22nd – our final tour of the season! All are welcome. Free. No pre-registration. Just come.
10-11.30 am: Seeds of Solidarity Farm Tour Experience our farm, home and education center that integrates abundant no-till and low maintenance gardens, solar greenhouses, energy efficient buildings, solar electric & hot water systems with founders Ricky and Deb. Learn about Seeds of Solidarity’s youth and community programs that cultivate resilient lives and communities.If you wish bring a dish for a potluck lunch.
These happened this year and were great: Check back in January for our 2017 calendar of events.
Jan 2 Snow Bowl at Flat Rock Disc Golf was a great success with over 70 players raising more than 800 dollars for our youth and community programs, plus a truckload of stuff for the food pantry. Thanks Flat Rock Disc Golf! Go play at their beautiful course everyone.March 3 Gill Tavern Trivia Night to benefit Seeds of Solidarity. Have dinner, stay to play. Fun! They host this the 1st Thurs of every month for a different local cause. Saturday March 19: Celebrate spring! Join Seeds of Solidarity founders Ricky and Deb for a free workshop on season extension, including how to make low tunnels and suggestions for cool weather crops to get your garden going.
Sunday April 10: Waking up With the Land Ceremony at Seeds of Solidarity. We celebrate the energy and power of the earth as the season of planting begins. We are honored that our friend and Creek Elder Cayoni Johns will open the ceremony. Arrive at 3PM for the ceremony. Bring a stone, flowers, or other natural offerings to create an altar to the land. Readings, poems, music or a song to share are welcome. Bring a potluck dish for a community meal to follow the ceremony. Call Ricky if you would like to come: 978-544-7564
Saturday April 16 Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse to benefit Seeds of Solidarity! This is going to be super fun with Slik Picker and the Green Sisters with folk and blue grass, and farm-raised acoustics and great harmonies- and the ever famous dessert-o-rama. See more about these great bands at the end of this event listing page. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to bring something for the fundraising dessert table, much appreciated!
Did you know there is a soil microbe that promotes happiness? Catch the bug: Tuesdays are volunteer day on the farm. Call Ricky at 978-544-7564.
Saturday April 30: No-Till for Life Workshop. 1-4PM. Sliding scale fee and registration info below. Seeds of Solidarity founder and 3-decade farmer Ricky Baruc teaches his ways of building soil and nourishing soil life for low maintenance, highly productive gardens. Treating the soil as sacred results the most nourishing food, and ways of growing that mitigate the impacts of climate change, and a more ceremonial relationship with that which sustains us. Ricky is one of 11 farmers across the nation participating in advising research and practice in sustainable no-till methods. A recent article in the NOFA Natural Farmer describes his use of the cardboard method and silage covers to build rich soil filled with life, conserve water, and reduce weeds. 1-4 PM, sliding scale of $35-$50. Pre-registration requested, contact email@example.com to sign up.
We hold visiting days on May 21, August 6, and October 22 and are please to partner with our friends at Little White Goat dairy to make it a beautiful day in the neighborhood.
Saturday May 21
10-11.30 am: Seeds of Solidarity Farm Tour Experience our farm, home and education center that integrates abundant no-till and low maintenance gardens, solar greenhouses, energy efficient buildings, solar electric & hot water systems with founders Ricky and Deb. Learn about Seeds of Solidarity’s youth and community programs that cultivate resilient lives and communities.If you wish bring a dish for a potluck lunch. In the afternoon there will be a tour of Little White Goat Dairy/Heritage Fields Farm Tour to walk the pastures, tour the raw milk and fermented milk products dairy. Farmers Rachel and Bruce will talk about the microbiome of the soil, the animals, and our own bodies, and how they all interrelate for healthy systems forming from the ground up. Free! No pre-registration, all are welcome. Come for the morning, afternoon or both. Fabulous farm-fresh products will be available for purchase at both locations.
July 8 to 10: Grow Food Everywhere Workshop (at the Omega Institute)
We are delighted to teach for the 7th year at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck New York. Join us at this restorative setting where great food, folks, yoga and beauty complement the workshop. You can get more info and register for our course here. And, learn about the Omega Ecological Literacy Immersion program offered too.
Aug 6 Solidarity Saturday Tour at 10am, see May 21 Description
Sept 9 to 11: Magnify your Love: Sharing a Life of Passion & Purpose (at the Omega Institute)
In this workshop, Deb Habib and Ricky Baruc inspire all to increase personal happiness, deepen intimacy, and expand love outward to live a life of love and service. We are so excited about this new workshop we are offering at the Omega Institute. More info and registration here! It comes right out of our book in progress, Making Love While Farming: A Field Guide to a Life of Joy. Be the first to experience this work!–Stay tuned for details.
18th Annual North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, Sat. and Sun. Sept 24 and 25, 10am to 5PM Forster’s Farm, Orange
A scent-sational destination for fabulous family fun, amazing art and agriculture, and serious skills for local living. We love organizing this even with our neighbors! At our tent, enjoy gardening and garlic-growing workshops then choose from a unique selection to plant or eat. Savor our farm-fresh cuisine that supports our youth and community programs. Solidarity Handworks meditation benches and furniture for sale too. Full festival info: garlicandarts.org
Oct 22: Solidarity Saturday Tour at 10am, see May 21 Description
End of Season! Thank you so much….
Here’s more about the bands at the Wendell Coffeehouse Benefit on April 16:
The Slik Pickers:
Good music and good food brought the Slik Pickers together – playing endless joyful hours at festivals, their music is influenced by folk, blues and Bluegrass. They typically play in a small circle, weaving rhythms and melodies into soulful songs (with some extra laughter and storytelling thrown in). They play to have a good time. The Slik Pickers are
Dave Slik, W. Boylston: song writer, vocals, flat picking guitar
– Brie Green, Hubbardston: Standup bass fiddle, fiddle and vocals
– John Cloutier, Sturbridge: Writer, Dobro guitar, bass, vocals
– Rob Griffin, Belchertown: fiddle
– Myron Becker, Wendell: cross noted mouth harp
The Green Sisters:
Growing up on a farm, the four sisters spent many hours singing to pass the time, and in 2015 they formed The Green Sisters to keep the music and love alive. Their harmonies blend with ease over simple melodies on acoustic instruments (which they often swap amongst themselves). Selections range in genre and age from 1950’s barbershop, to folk, Celtic, old-timey, and today’s originals. The Green Sisters are
– Melody Green, vocals, mandolin, guitar
– Betsy Green, vocals, fiddle, banjo
– Brie Green, vocals, fiddle, upright bass, guitar
– Beck Green, vocals, guitar, fiddle
After a Solidarity Saturday a visitor shared this moving reflection:
“Wonderful having the opportunity to meet you … and to see the extraordinary farm and lifestyle you’ve nurtured into existence. Inspiring and invigorating, your landscape engrained in my mind a positive perspective for future human settlements. Thank you for sharing your time and teachings.”