A place where people gather together to celebrate, learn about, and practice regenerative agriculture

Gathering Ground educates youth and adults in sustainable agriculture and promotes economic development through agriculture, and strengthens the health of individuals, the community, and the environment. 

Give online through Facebook or send a check to 2162 Swenson, Washington Island, WI, 54246. THANK YOU! 

Why ‘Gathering Ground’?

We like to think of Gathering Ground as both a noun as a verb. Gathering Ground is a place — 35 beautiful acres comprised of vineyard, a school garden, woods, and a lot of potential. It is a place community members gather together. Work together. Celebrate together. Learn together.

We also think of Gathering Ground as a verb:

Working to gain momentum, build interest toward the common goal of making Washington Island a place where sustainable agriculture thrives.  We work to build excitement and financial development around sustainable farming.

And Gathering Ground also refers to the literal ground — to the building of healthy soils. We are working with tree roots, microbes, organic matter, water, and worms to gather together healthy soil to help grow good food.

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Get Involved


The vineyard and orchard is calling all gardeners, pruners, outdoor lovers, birders, anyone who enjoys working outside. You will learn how to take care of grapevines, learn about fruit and nut trees. And enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while doing it. A good time is had by all.


Sign up here for the Gathering Ground newsletter to stay in the know about what’s happening at Gathering Ground and the Farmers Market.


Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Gathering Ground at 2162 Swenson Road Washington Island, WI 54246 or click the “Donate” button our facebook page. 

We appreciate your support. A generous community got Gathering Ground started and only with the help of generous people like you will we be able to fulfill our mission. Thank you!

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Blog: Gather Round

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

Winter is for planning and reflecting on the land at Gathering Ground

By Russell Rolffs. This article first appeared in the The Washington Island Observer. Winter evenings are best spent sitting near the stove and dreaming of what to plant in the spring. The same is true for us at Gathering Ground. Our vision is to develop the grounds into an extensive network of orchards and gardens … Continue reading Winter is for planning and reflecting on the land at Gathering Ground

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Washington Island Farmers Market

Gathering Ground is proud to host the new Washington Island Farmers Market.


You can find Island-grown fresh produce and flowers, honey, delectable baked goods, and crafts, like jewelry, purses, candles and more!


Saturdays 9 am to 1pm

Wednesdays 3 pm to 5 pm


Local growers and makers. If you are interested in participating and selling your local Island goods, contact hello@gatheringgroundwi.org

D. Marie Jewelry

Hoot Blossom Farm

Folk Tree Farm 

Island Edibles

Island Harvest

Danish Mill Ladies

Sweet Mountain Farm



On Main Road south of KK’s on Washington Island. Look for signs, tents, tables!




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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 us at hello (at) gatheringgroundwi (dot) org or fill out this form.