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Thoreau Farm Newsletter
February 2012
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Thoreau Farm Forum March 4
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  • House Pic Waiting for Spring
"One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the Spring come in."
This is Thoreau writing in the chapter on "Spring" in Walden.

To "watch spring come in" is to bear witness to birth and renewal.  Anticipating spring at Thoreau Farm, we sow the gardens and launch our new programs. I hope you will attend the first Thoreau Farm Forum, sign up for a class, and watch for the launch of our new blog, The Roost.  

If your membership expired recently, please  renew online or by sending your dues to the address below.  And tell us how you live deliberately!


Emma Goldman Thoreau Farm Forum - Vivian Gornick on Emma Goldman and the Power of the Individual

Vivian Gornick recently spoke about Emma Goldman and the current state of American politics with Wen Stevenson, editor of Thoreau Farm's blog, The Roost and host of the Thoreau Farm Forum. She noted:

Emma Goldman is an iconic figure, and she has, in living memory, been invoked again and again, starting with feminists in the 70s. The reason is very simple: For at least a hundred years, since the turn of the 20th century, the basis for modernist politics has been, more than anything, a strong desire for "liberation of the self." 

That liberation of the self and healthy passion for the inner life is what connects Goldman to Thoreau, who was a lifelong influence on her.

Thoreau Farm Forum will host Vivian Gornick on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 PM to discuss her book, Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life.  This Forum will take place at The Chapel at Concord Academy. It is free and open to the public though registration is strongly suggested.

For more information go to:  Thoreau Farm Forum. To register, send an e-mail to  


NOTE:  Everyone who joins as a Supporter Member of Thoreau Farm at the $100 level from now until March 4th, 2012 will receive a signed copy of Emma Goldman: Revolution as a Way of Life.  Join today at our Membership Page



 Take a Class at Thoreau Farm

What Do You Think?: Writing and Publishing Reviews
Instructor: Corinne Smith

Every individual has a voice that deserves to be heard! 

With Web 2.0 technology at your fingertips, you can easily share your book and reading recommendations with the world.  This workshop will help you hone your reviewing skills and find both print and online outlets for your reviews, and even discover how to launch your own blog. The techniques covered for writing book reviews will be transferable to critiquing music, performances, products, and services of any kind.    Join in the fun! Class is held on 3 Wednesdays, March 7, 14, and 21 from 6:15 pm - 9:15 pm. For more information or to register, go to Classes at Thoreau Farm. 



 Thoreau Farm Kitchen Gardens

Do Early Russians, Bull's Blood, and Johnny Jump Ups excite you?

These are just some of the plant varieties - almost all that we grow are pre-1878 - you'll find in our kitchen gardens this season.  But even if you've never heard of these varieties of cucumber, beet, and flower, we'd love you to join us in the dirt.

Volunteering in our gardens is a great way to learn about heirloom plants, help bring the experience to life for our visitors, and support Thoreau Farm.

Come help us tend the gardens where we grow the same varieties of food that could have been on Thoreau's plate.  It's fun and educational. Send an e-mail to
 patricia@thoreaufarm. or call 978-451-0300 to volunteer.  THANK YOU!

Membership at Thoreau Farm - Join or Renew

Members play a vital role at Thoreau Farm. Your dues:
  • help us care for the historic house where Henry David Thoreau was born, 
  • bring Thoreau's ideas to more people,
  • keep the conversation alive,
  • help others find meaning in Thoreau's quest to "live deliberately."
Please join or renew your Thoreau Farm membership today, online at
 Thoreau Farm Membership or mail your check to:

Thoreau Farm
P.O. Box 454
Concord, MA 01742

At our Thoreau Farm Membership page, you'll find the levels of membership and benefits.

Thank you for making this important work possible!

Upcoming Events

March 4  Vivian Gornick at Concord Academy for Thoreau Farm Forum.

May 5  Thoreau Farm opens for the season.
Thank you for your interest in and support of Thoreau Farm.

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.  Henry David Thoreau


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Thoreau Farm Trust serves as steward of the Henry David Thoreau birth house, a place to examine his timeless ideas about life, nature, and civic responsibility.

At Thoreau Farm, we seek to inspire others to live deliberately through information and inspiration.  The Farm acts as a gathering place and idea exchange for the community.