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

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

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


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


Be happy, be outdoors! We will start weekly work parties (social distancing style) in the community orchards and vineyard. Our next big project will be grape harvest during the first two weeks of October.

If you’d like to get outside and join us for some social-distancing volunteer projects in our community vineyard and orchards, please contact us for more details or just show up! 


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 donate online:


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!

The Vineyard is Open!

While these low-sugar grapes are not great for wine, they make excellent jam and jelly! We are welcoming all community members to come harvest grapes for home use. Please maintain social distance from other harvesters and enjoy the grapes!

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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!

COVID-19 precautions: Social distancing etiquette will be in place. Please wear a mask.


Saturdays 9 am to 12pm


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


Local growers and makers. If you are interested in participating and selling your local Island goods, contact us.

D. Marie Jewelry

Hoot Blossom Farm

Folk Tree Farm 

Island Edibles

Island Harvest

and others!

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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.