Throughout the fellowship, food serves as the lens through which we see our relationships with the Earth. Our food systems are a web connected to all aspects of our relationships with the Earth. In our relationship with a single seed, we can see our relationship with water, fossil fuels, climate, land stewardship, histories, economics, supply chains, policy, and culture.

Groundwork’s food systems fellowship is an exploration outside of the ordinary to investigate what it means to live sustainably. You’ll live lightly in a small community, tend our 1-acre farm, and study sustainability in philosophy and in practice. At Groundwork, sustainability is not about a techno-utopian vision of solar panels and electric cars. It’s about deeper questions: what it means to be a human being alive in an unraveling world; replacing a life of commodity with community, extraction with reciprocity, busyness with slowness, and learning how to come home to ourselves and to the land. Sustainable societies are rooted in different beliefs, values, and ways of knowing and being than most of what we encounter in day-to-day life in contemporary culture. In other words, they have at their foundation a sustainable culture. This is what we will investigate during our time together: what are the beliefs and values that lie at the heart of sustainable culture? What does it mean to think and act from these values? When rooted in these values, where might we find our sense of purpose and meaning?

At Groundwork, we believe that our next generation of environmental leaders needs to have a strong vision of the world they want to create. Our farm is a place to gain the skills, knowledge, and experience to begin to bring that world into being. This fellowship is a collaborative environment where fellows can be both teachers and learners, exploring ideas of how to live well and create positive shifts in the world. The fellowship is designed to help fellows feel empowered to think and live in deeper alignment with their values.

We’ll tend to our market garden, pick peaches, plant seeds, swim in the river, and explore the physical, economic, and political spaces of our food systems.

This is an adventure in a new sense of the word: exploring what it means to stop running towards some vision of success or happiness that will happen after the next achievement. Join us this growing season to come home to yourself, to a piece of land. In a time where the crisis is large enough to be described as “planetary,” it’s time to think radically, to dream big, and to try our best to create a livable future for a time beyond our own.

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About Groundwork

Groundwork offers educational programs and publications that seek to shift the foundations of how we understand ourselves and our place in the world. We envision a just and sustainable future, founded upon respectful and reciprocal relationships between the land and all its inhabitants.

Application Instructions

Apply at www.layinggroundwork.org/fellowship