Young people today are inheriting a world in crisis. Societies across the globe are forgetting—or being forced to forget—what it means to live in reciprocity with the landscapes that nourish them. Today, “the good life” seems to be composed of shopping malls, traffic jams, and endless consumption. This fellowship is for people seeking an alternative. Join us to develop the skills and practices to live otherwise.
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?
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.