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FALL HOEDOWN! 3 days and 2 nights of Celebration…

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FALL HOEDOWN!

SEPTEMBER 25-27     WILLOW CROSSING FARM     JOHNSON, VT

Hi Friends!

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Samantha spins fire with Cirque de Fuego

Sorry its been awhile since we’ve had any updates from here, but things are busy on the farm!

We’re so excited to announce the line up for this fall’s Hoedown- and invite you come and join us for 3 days and 2 nights of music, celebration, and permaCULTURE!

In addition to a diverse collection of some of the best and up and coming bands in playing in Vermont– there will be fire-spinning and breathing performances, comedy, wild-crafting tours, herbal labyrinth walks, permaculture and natural building workshops, yoga classes, sandy beach access and paddle surfing demos, great DJs, and AWESOME LOCAL FOOD!

Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the gate and include camping Friday and Saturday night.

Stay tuned to the Facebook Event Page for the most up to date details, to ask questions, arrange car pools, and for packing lists and special announcements.  https://www.facebook.com/events/1609565229323321/

Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band   Barika   Lucid   Cosmic Dust Bunnies   Seth Yacovone Dead Sessions           Hillside Rounders   Tallgrass Getdown   Grundefunk   The Edd   Revibe   Right Coast Leftovers   Elephant   Tar Iguana   Binger   Canopy   Kroma Kode   Bravacado   Doctor Rick   Pabst Blue Rhythm   DJs:  Katrall   Fatty Shay

Cirque de Fuego and special guests and surprises!

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Barika plays sunset at Willow Crossing Farm

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Food Vendors and Sponsors Include:  Rock Art Brewery   Downtown Pizza   Northern Fire and Slice   Wild Branch Foods Kingdom Creamery   Papa’s Gyros   Slouvaki Shack   Taco Truck All Stars   Willow Crossing Healing Arts & Botanicals

FOR TICKETS:  Please paypal $40 “send money to friends or family” to Keith@ProspectRock.org.  You can also send money free and instantly through Facebook Messenger.  Tickets are available at Downtown Pizza in Johnson, The Farm Store in Jeffersonville, and by phone, walk in, or online through the Flynn Theatre Box Office in Burlington:

http://www.flynntix.org/see-description/fall-hoedown/Details?perfNo=12821&perfCodePrefix=OVP16F

Can’t wait to have you out!  Thank you for your support and SHARING this event with friends and networks.

Best,

Keith, Family, and Crew

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RISING APPALACHIA in JOHNSON! With Barika, Tenderbellies, Farm Tours, Herb Walks, Yoga

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Rising Appalachia with Barika!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

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We are so excited to announce a day long farm-based mini-festival, with special guests; irie food vendors; labyrinth walks; permaculture, wild-crafting, healing arts, yoga, and herbal workshops; and opportunities to connect with various environmental and social justice campaigns.

When: Sunday, August 23.  Gates at 3pm.  Tickets include camping Sunday night and Yoga class Monday morning.
Where:  Willow Crossing Farm.  2780 Route 15 West, Johnson, VT 05656.  Google Maps: “Willow Crossing Farm”.  Beautiful riverside organic venue- an incredible retreat in itself!
Tickets:  $25 in advance, includes camping.  12 and under free- family friendly event.  $20 Student, Activist, Farmer Discount.  $30 Day of Show- discounted tickets must be purchased in advance.  Tickets available by paypal to keith@ProspectRock.org, at the Flynn Theatre Box Office (and online or by phone through Flynn) http://www.flynntix.org/see-description/rising-appalachia/Details?perfNo=12713&perfCodePrefix=OPF16R , at Downtown Pizzeria & Pub in Johnson, VT, and The Farm Store in Jeffersonville, VT.
Facebook event page (for most up to date details, questions, carpools, camping packing list, and other announcements): https://www.facebook.com/events/1633723003574469/
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Sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith are multi-instrument virtuosos, who grew up in a southern appalachian string band musical tradition and have gone on to create a unique sound blending folk, funk, world music, african polyrhythms, spoken word poetry, and simple, beautiful harmonics.
They are known for headlining music festivals all over the world- but their connections with the Vermont herbalist, organic farming, permaculture, and activist communities brings them to play an intimate show for a few 1000 people on a small family farm in Johnson.
As young buskers, performers, and traveling community activists, they were taken in by legendary Vermont based herbalist and author Rosemary Gladstar and have since embraced medicinal herbalism, and wild plant based supplements- to which they attribute their ability to stay happy, healthy and well adjusted while facing the rigors of the road in an internationally touring musical act.  Their most recent hit song ‘Medicine’ is dedicated to Rosemary and other herbalists.
Slow Music:  Their albums are entirely self-produced and self funded- including crowd-sourced, community-based financing.  Rising Appalachia advocates a “Slow Music Movement” approach to touring – an effort to promote sustainable touring practices and to be immersed in local communities. “It’s an effort to take the glitz and glam out of the music industry and bring performance back to its roots. A place where musicians are not just part of fast-paced entertainment, but instead influence the cultural shift as troubadours, activists, and catalysts of justice,” explains Leah. The ‘Slow Music Movement’ encourages musicians to try out ‘non-industry standard’ ways of bringing music into the world by “linking to local communities and staying with local friends; pursuing alternative venues for performances and supporting local businesses with farm-to-table hospitality; providing local non-profits at each show a platform to display information; exploring alternative methods of travel including train, bike, low impact vehicles, boat, horse, or simply focusing on regional touring; and encouraging concert goers to take in more than just the catharsis of the music.”
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They’ll be joined by Barika, a Burlington based band which playsBarika traditional Malian (from Mali) music, infused with a funk and psychedelic undertones.  Their latest album was declared by Seven Days to be “among the finest local albums you’ll hear in this, or any other, year. Really.”   Horns, drums, bass and keys compliment the N’Goni- an ancient african form of harpsichord, and predecessor to the american banjo.   N’goni master Craig is a native Vermonter who spent years studying as a percussionist in Africa and now also plays for the Mike Gordon band.
Willow Crossing Farm is Vermont’s longest running permaculture research site- focused on exploring the connections between food, culture, and ecology.  Started in 2000 by Keith Morris, WCF now holds the most diverse collection of tree crops in the northeast, exploring in particular the potential of nuts, fruits, berries, vines, and herbs, to create ‘ecologically regenerative’ and ‘carbon negative’, and flood resilient agricultural systems.  The farm serves as a classroom (and Keith is a professor) for the University of Vemont, Sterling College, St. Michael’s college, the Yestermorrow Design Build School, and other community groups.
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Contact:
Keith Morris
(802) 734-1129

Tonight – Free Screening of ‘The Growing Edge’ at Willow Crossing Farm

Hi Friends!

As most of you know, we’re just beginning a two-week residential intensive ‘Earth Activist Training’ Permaculture Design Certification course with international permaculture designer and best-selling author Starhawk.

We’re happy to announce that a number of evening presentations will be free and open to the public.

While we normally only send our a few emails/ blog posts a year in this format, I’ll be sending a few this week with more details for these opportunities.  If you’re not interested, please just delete, or let me know what types of announcements you’d like to receive.

Read below for a list of presentations, and feel free to share with potentially interested friends or networks.

THIS EVENING will be a introduction to permaculture design with Starhawk, Charles WIlliams, Rushelle Frazier, and Keith Morris and a screening of ‘The Growing Edge’.

All presentations (except the open UVM sessions) will be at 7:30 pm here at Willow Crossing Farm.

All-local, organic farm-sourced dinner will be served at 6 pm, and is $12-15 per person, all you can eat.

Dinner guests must RSVP in advance.

Thanks,

Keith and Family


Permaculture: The Growing Edge is an antidote to environmental despair, a hopeful and practical look at a path to a viable, flourishing future. The film introduces us to inspiring examples of projects, and includes a visit to David Holmgren’s own homestead, tracking deer with naturalist Jon Young, sheet mulching an inner-city garden with Hunters Point Family, transforming an intersection into a gathering place with City Repair and joining mycologist Paul Stamets as he cleans up an oil spill with mushrooms. We interview some of the key figures in the Permaculture movement, including David Holmgren, Penny Livingston-Stark, James Stark, Paul Stamets, Mark Lakeman, Dr. Elaine Ingham, Maddy Harland, and others. 

Permaculture is a sustainable system of earth care that offers solutions to many of our grave environmental problems and a hopeful, proactive vision of change. The Permaculture movement, started by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the nineteen seventies, is now a worldwide network of skilled ecological designers, teachers, food growers, natural builders, environmental activists and visionaries. “Permaculture is the key to a post-carbon future,” says Maddy Harlan, editor of Permaculture Magazine.

Open Sessions at the EAT PDC!– FREE and open to the public- at Willow Crossing Farm in Johnson, VT.Donations to the Gender and Diversity Permaculture Leadership Scholarship Fund, which is generously supporting a number of our students and our apprentice teacher, are gratefully accepted.

All presentations begin at 7:30 pm.

All local organic Farm-sourced dinner is served at 6 pm, $12-15, must RSVP in advance for dinner!

Sunday, Sept. 8
Introduction to Permaculture:
Starhawk, Charles Williams and Keith Morris give an introduction to permaculture and show the documentary Permaculture: The Growing Edge made by Starhawk and Donna Read.

Tuesday, Sept. 10
Permaculture Activism with Rushelle Frazier: Inner city permaculture, work with veterans, permaculture for mobilizations and encampments

Wednesday Sept. 11
Permaculture for diverse climates and environments
Tropical/global permaculture
Starhawk—Drylands permaculture and the International Permaculture Convergence in Jordan

Sunday Sept. 15
Urban permaculture slideshow
Lisa DePiano on Pedal Pushers and an urban CSA
Keith on permaculture for renters

Monday Sept. 16
Natural building
Charles Williams on passive solar and design for efficiency
Natural building slideshow

Monday Sept. 16 AT UVM in BURLINGTON
Starhawk 5:10- 8:10 pm

Wednesday Sept. 17
Full Moon Ritual

Thursday, Sept. 18 at UVM in BURLINGTON
SCOTT KELLOGG 5:10- 8:10 pm

Thanks- feel free to share.

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and Scionwood Exchange- POSTPONED to March 30

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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop and 2nd Annual Scionwood Exchange

THIS IS LAST YEAR’s EVENT

CLICK HERE FOR UPDATED INFO (2014)

Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT

Hi Friends and Neighbors,

Please feel free to share this event with potentially interested friends and networks, thanks! Thanks to everyone who came out for the pruning workshop- despite less than ideal weather it was a great success. Hope to see some you!

Fruit Tree Grafting and Propagation:

POSTPONED to

Saturday, March 30 10 am – 4 pm

“St. Patrick’s Day” Localvore Dinner 

POSTPONED to

Saturday, March 23 4:30 pm

at Willow Crossing Farm, Johnson, VT

Organized by Prospect Rock Permaculture

http://www.prospectrock.org

Join us for a day of hands-on fruit tree grafting. We’ll begin the day in the classroom understanding the science of grafting, and practice bench-grafting apples, pears, plums, and other stone fruits. Everyone will have the opportunity to graft their own tree to take home!

After lunch, we’ll go out and ‘top work’ multiple varieties onto pears, apples, plums, and other stone fruit. We’ll discuss some pruning basics, different grafting strategies for ‘fruit salad trees’, healing damaged trees, reworking new varieties, revitalizing old orchards, enhancing cross-pollination, and space considerations. We’ll look at and evaluate both successful and failed past grafts.

We’ll contextualize our work in briefly telling some history of our farm and touring our incredibly diverse collection of nuts, berries, vines, nitrogen-fixing plants, and regenerative DIY farm infrastructure. We’ll also explore the incredible history of grafting, the range of grafting possibilities, and practice with professional grafting tools which make for more successful grafts by novices and experts alike.

Each attendant will leave with an apple or pear variety of their choosing on semi-dwarf or standard rootstock, or a stone fruit variety of their choosing on native american plum rootstock. $40 suggested donation sliding scale includes cider and tea, and your own grafted fruit tree to take home. No one will be refused for lack of funds, but everyone must pre-register.

We will also be having a St. Patrick’s Day Localvore Dinner and Party afterward, so feel free to stay and enjoy farm-sourced, house-brined corned beef and super local organic vegetables. Details about the dinner are on the website (and will announced here as a separate event).

Due to the popularity of this event, you much pre-register. There is a possibility of another event in April, please send an email to express your interest.
Please RSVP by sending an email to Keith@ProspectRock.org.

We must get an email from you, as the weather will determine where we park cars, and we will also send you some information about how to best collect scion wood if you want to propagate some favorite fruit trees.

The workshop will be taught by:

Zach Leonard is a master horticulturalist and as been the farm manager of Elmore Roots Nursery for more than a decade. He and his family have created High Hopes Farm, a diverse off-grid homestead.

Nicko Rubin is the owner of East Hill Tree Farm, where he has been growing and propagating hardy fruits and nuts in the foothills of the Groton Mountains. He completed the master’s program for sustainable landscape design at the Conway School.

Dave Johnson is a timber framer with a passion for fruit trees. His competence with sharp tools and wood translate readily into many successful grafts and a legacy of multi-grafted old wild apples throughout the hills of Vermont.

Keith Morris has been collecting and experimenting with rare fruits, nuts, and medicinal plants since 1996, and is professor of ecological design at the University of Vermont. He’s slowly built his family’s farm debt-free with sweat-equity and has contributed to creating resilient and diverse food systems on 5 continents.

Thank you,
Keith
(802) 734-1129

Willow Crossing Farm
Johnson, VT
http://www.WillowCrossing.org

Prospect Rock Permaculture
Design and Education for Ecological Culture
P.O. Box 426
Jeffersonville, VT 05646
(802) 734-1129

http://www.ProspectRock.org

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