Fall Festival 2017

Open House & Apple Cider Day!

Come join us for the Farley Center Fall Celebration 2017 – Open House and Apple Cider Day! Pick apples, wash apples, slice apples and press the apples in the 100 year old cider press! Bring your own jug or mason jar to bring home some fresh pressed apple cider. Please bring a delicious dish to share. Donations will be accepted to go toward the purchase of buying the next planting of fruit trees. All are welcome! Invite your friends and share the post!

More details to come as we get closer to the event date!

Natural Path Presentation

Farley Center Director and Natural Path Sanctuary (NPS) Coordinator Shedd Farley will give a presentation about green burial. A tour of the NPS will follow.

You must reserve a spot by e-mailing programs@farleycenter.org or calling the Farley Center at 608-845-8724.

If you would like to attend the tour but need assistance, please let us know and we will make arrangements.

Light refreshments will be served.

Natural Path Sanctuary Presentation

Farley Center Director and Natural Path Sanctuary (NPS) Coordinator Shedd Farley will give a presentation about green burial. A tour of the NPS will follow.

You must reserve a spot by e-mailing programs@farleycenter.org or calling the Farley Center at 608-845-8724.

If you would like to attend the tour but need assistance, please let us know and we will make arrangements.

Light refreshments will be served.

Natural Path Sanctuary Presentation

Farley Center Director and Natural Path Sanctuary (NPS) Coordinator Shedd Farley will give a presentation about green burial. A tour of the NPS will follow.

You must reserve a spot by e-mailing programs@farleycenter.org or calling the Farley Center at 608-845-8724.

If you would like to attend the tour but need assistance, please let us know and we will make arrangements.

Light refreshments will be served.

Walk A Mile In Their Shoes

The Farley Center will have a showing of Intentionally Welcoming Communities documentary, Walk a Mile in Their Shoes produced by Justice and Justice Productions.

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes explores the lives of five marginalized individuals who tell their story in hopes of dispelling stereotypes and revealing our commonalities.

Engage with the producers, Johnny and Marie, in a Q&A session following the screening. Johnny and Marie Justice, are both Farley Center Board Members.

Intentionally Welcoming Community is a public service program of the non-profit Design Coalition Institute. The idea of “Intentionally Welcoming” is grounded in a research-based approach to healthy communities and wellness. They challenge themselves to address tensions between and within varying identity groups both nationally and locally.

Light refreshments will be served.

Suggested donation of $10.00 but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Beekeeper Incubator Informational Meeting

The Farley Center is launching a Beekeeper Incubator Pilot Program to help promote small-scale, sustainable beekeeping in Wisconsin by providing an environment and guidance to learn beekeeping.

The informational meeting at the Farley Center will be with our beekeepers Patrick Norby and Dan Hedtcke and Farley Center staff. The fee for this program will be $400* to cover the bees, the use of the suits, equipment, etc… more information will be given out at the meeting.

Individuals interested in becoming beekeepers will keep 1 hive of honeybees at the Farley Center and meet regularly with a Farley Center beekeeper for guidance and mentor-ship.

Equipment, protective gear, tools and bees will be purchased by the Farley Center and will be available for use in a designated area by any program participant.

At the end of the season, participants will be shown the honey extraction process, and will be able to keep honey from the hives in containers that participants provide. We will talk more about this in detail at the meeting.

After honey extraction, participants will prepare their hives for winter, at such time management of the hives is taken over by the Farley Center Beekeepers for use in the next year’s program.

Since this a pilot project for the Farley Center, we will are limiting the number of participants. If you think you may be interested, please send an e-mail to and we will get you in touch with Patrick or Dan to answer any questions you may have before the meeting.

We would like to sign people up at this meeting so we can go forward with ordering the bees, suits and other equipment needed to launch this program a few weeks after the Feb. 25 meeting.

*Hives, bees and equipment remains the property of the Farley Center.

Natural Path Sanctuary Tour & Movie Screening

Join us to learn more about green burial. Take a walking tour of the Natural Path Sanctuary, a nature preserve burial ground, followed by a screening of “A Will for the Woods”.

Event Co-sponsored by the Natural Path Sanctuary, Threshold and Walking Each Other Home.

This event is space limited so please send an e-mail to to reserve your spot!

walkingeachotherhomemadison.org

atthreshold.com

Suggested donation of $10,00 although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Light refreshments will be provided.

Natural Path Sanctuary Presentation

Farley Center Director and Natural Path Sanctuary (NPS) Coordinator Shedd Farley will give a presentation about the NPS, answer questions and give a tour. If you would like to attend the tour but need assistance, please let us know and we will make arrangements.
Light refreshments will be served.

You must reserve a spot by e-mailing or calling the Farley Center at 608-845-8724.

Farley Center Tour of the Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary

Come join the Farley Center for a visit.tour to Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary in Springdale. Dr. John Barnes established this sanctuary in 2000 and serves as the Director of the Sanctuary. Dr. Barnes has been a long time Farley Center Board Member from the early beginning of the Farley Center until August 2016.

“The Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary is 200 acres of land in Springdale, Wisconsin. The terrain is quite gentle and rolling, with good drainage and deep soils with few outcrops. Most of the property is formerly tilled land that has been restored to tall grass prairie, native to the area. The remaining land is central hardwood forest dominated by oaks and hickories. There also are a few planted softwood stands – spruce and red pine.”

“Three springs form ponds on the property and provide life-sustaining water year-round for the animals who call this place home. More than 130 bird species have been seen at the sanctuary, including chestnut-sided warbler, common yellowthroat, and grasshopper sparrow. White-tailed deer thrive here, along with many varieties of reptiles and amphibians.”

“The sanctuary was established in 2000 by the donation of a conservation easement by Dr. John Barnes. He worked with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust to ensure that his property would forever remain a safe haven for the wildlife who call it home. As with all land protected by HSWLT conservation easements, recreational and commercial hunting and trapping, as well as destructive logging practices, will always be prohibited.”

Meet promptly at 1:00 on Sunday, October 30 at the Prairie Spirit Wildlife Sanctuary located at 1811 Spring Rose Road, Verona, WI.

Harvesting Unity: Community Mandala Project

Join Sarvodaya USA at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice & Sustainability in Verona on Oct 29th to help us create Madison’s first community-constructed earth mandala!

Bring the whole family to help us build and also experience Sri Lankan and Tibetan food and dancers, local music, kids mandala craft area, henna body art and group meditation lead by members of the Madison Buddhist community.

See below for details and list of events.

How It Works:

A week prior to the event, our team of volunteers will forage for natural fall materials found in our community, backyards, forests, etc. We will use the materials we find to inspire the shape of our mandala. Our team will build a skeleton of the mandala, but we need your help to fill in the gaps and create a unique art piece. Our mandala is symbolic of uniting diverse people together and holding space to pay respect to each other and the world we live in.

What is a Mandala?

“A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, “mandala” has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.”

A Look at the Day:

11-3pm
Food: dzi Little Tiben food truck serving authentic Tibetan food
Sarvodaya USA will be serving authentic Sri Lankan food

Henna: we are featuring henna body art to adorn us during this celebration.

Coloring Area: kids coloring station will be set up for kids and adults to color-in paper mandalas or create their own at our craft station.

11-2pm
Main construction of Mandala will take place with help of our attendees throughout the day. A photo of the mandala will be featured on the Sarvodaya USA website following the event.

12pm and 2pm
Dancers: A group of Sri Lankan dancers will make two performances throughout the day.

1pm
Meet Sarvodaya USA: a brief presentation will be given inside the Farley Center to learn more about our organization and future events.

2:30pm
Meditation:
a group meditation will be lead by a member of the Buddhist community following the completion of the mandala.

All proceeds will go to fund Sarvodaya’s organic farm training programs (in Sri Lanka) working to combat Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown origin (CKDu).