Vision Statement: Cultivate and inspire ecologically-minded agriculture and partnership with land and people.
Mission Statement: Gathering Ground educates youth and adults in sustainable agriculture and promotes economic development through agriculture, to strengthen the health of individuals, the Washington Island community, and the environment.
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.