We envision thriving communities connected to the environment and their food through work and play.

Gathering Ground cultivates community and learning in partnership with the generous earth through agriculture.


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Our blog is dedicated to sharing news about Gathering Ground’s activities, promoting sustainable agriculture and growing community on Washington Island!

Dinner in THe Vineyard was a success

Gathering Ground hosted its third annual fundraiser celebrating local farms and local chefs on Sept 12. The event included a cocktail hour with passed appetizers, a five-course meal, cider and wine, and live music by Island musicians, Pauline, and The Bell-McDowell Band and a silent auction. Thank you to everyone who made the Dinner a success: our … Continue reading Dinner in THe Vineyard was a success

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Summer Semester 2022

Applications are open December 1 through February 15. 

Gathering Ground’s summer semester is for young adults 18 to 27 with an interest in environmental studies, sustainable agriculture, food justice, conservation, and communal and ecological living, and who seek an opportunity to explore their curiosities alongside like-minded peers, with teachers and practitioners. The mission of the semester program is to learn together how we can answer the question, “How on earth should we live?” We hope the practices, values, passions learned and discovered at Gathering Ground will be carried with participants into their future careers and studies. 

Our weekly schedule will include

  • 1 full day of education-oriented hands-on experience in Gathering Ground’s vineyard, orchards, and gardens.
  • 20-30 hours in a paid position with a local farm or land-based organization
  • Farm dinners: cooking and sharing meals made from local, seasonal ingredients
  • Seminars in current topics of food and environmental studies will alternate weekly
  • Field trips to local land and water based organizations and farms.
  • Team building, mentorship, community engagement. 

Other important details

  • Dates: The program is 10 weeks. June 1 through August 10.
  • Costs: $350. This covers subsidized housing, curriculum, field trips, and one common meal each week. If you have your own housing, the price is reduced to $200.
  • Credit: We will work with your university/college to help you get credit.
  • Pay: Farm work is paid through your jobsite and may require an additional interview.
  • Housing: We will help you find housing on the Island, if you do not have housing. 
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Contact Us

Got comments, questions, or stories? We’d love to hear from you.  We are particularly looking for stories about farming on Washington Island. If you have any stories you’d like to share, please contact us!

You can email our director Alessandra or fill out this form.