We believe there has never been a more urgent time to build community, create resilience, transform culture, and renew the earth.

The knowledge, skills, and values taught at Earth Village Education inspire and empower people to do these things–and much more: connect with the natural world, preserve rural and traditional skills, seek outdoor adventure, engage in local commerce (rather than global supply chains), increase their self-reliance, live healthier lives, prepare for natural disasters, and make lifestyle choices based on environmental stewardship and social justice. In short, Earth Village Education exists to teach and inspire people to create a better world.

Earth Village Education is a small, young nonprofit, but we want to grow our organization and expand our outreach. Your donations allow us to hire outstanding instructors and staff, educate students from all walks of life, provide financial aid and sliding scale payment models, and develop our campus to be a more effective educational environment. Specifically, in the near future we want to:

  1. Conduct more free classes and events, such as monthly skill shares and lectures.
  2. Create and conduct educational programs for school groups. Though our current classes are geared for adults, we believe it’s vital to get young people outside on farms and in forests interacting with the natural world in dynamic and meaningful ways. We’re excited to host groups of children and teenagers at Earth Village Education for one-day or overnight field trips. However, conducting classes for minors requires us to comply with more stringent laws and insurance regulations. Your generous support will help us achieve compliance.
  3. Finish renovating Earth Village Education’s home base, Overlook Farm, into a model of permaculture best practices. We envision our farm as a living classroom with inspiring examples of native habitat landscaping, ecological gardening and farming, and low-impact living models. We hope that simply visiting our farm, observing our systems and infrastructure, reading the informational signs, and talking with staff and interns will inspire positive change in the lives of our visitors.
  4. Start and grow an intern program. We are strong believers in learning by doing. Therefore the best way to learn complex subjects like permaculture gardening or homesteading is extended guided immersion. That is our goal with our internship program: to provide time, space, and resources for people who are passionate about our mission to learn and grow. Interns will help with many aspects of Earth Village Education’s programming and, in exchange, Earth Village Education will house and/or feed them. Your generous donations will allow us to start and grow our intern program.
  5. Develop our core curriculum. One of Earth Village Education’s long-term goals is to develop a comprehensive core curriculum of sustainable living practices by integrating knowledge and skills from many different places, cultures, and time periods. This requires research and networking with experts from around the country and the world. Your generous donations allow us to advance that work.
  6. Expand our class offerings. We envision Earth Village Education as a hub of experiential environmental education. On our campus in northern Virginia, we hope to bring together students and expert instructors from all over the world. Your generous donations help us to identify, network with, and subsidize the travel costs of bringing expert instructors to northern Virginia.

There are many ways to contribute…

…beyond donations of cash or stocks. Here are some other ways to contribute-

  1. Share expert advice. Our current staff members have lots of experience in forests, gardens, and classrooms, but less experience in the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a nonprofit. From time to time we need help from attorneys, accountants, web designers, marketers, business consultants, contractors, etc. If you are an expert in one of these fields and would like to help us, please let us know!
  2. Teach with us. If you are a teacher of a subject that fits our mission, contact us about teaching a class.
  3. Volunteer time. We have volunteer work days where folks help us with various tasks on the farm.
  4. Donate services like printing for posters and brochures.
  5. Donate farm-related items like livestock, feed, hay, straw, mulch, compost, seeds, fencing, bee hives, bees, tree saplings, berry bushes, farm equipment, etc.
  6. Donate classroom and educational materials such as picnic tables, benches, interpretive signs, whiteboards, books related to our mission, bookshelves, etc.
  7. Donate building and infrastructure materials like lumber, hardware, etc.

If you’re interested in contributing in any of these ways, please contact us!

Thank you!