Humans & Nature FARM

Humans & Nature Farm is where ideas take root. The farm is a place to activate examples of reciprocal relationships among humans and nature.

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Humans & Nature Land Care

We are committed to land care throughout the Center’s 50-acre home. Land care practices are rooted in reciprocal relationships with the humans, plants, animals, waters, air, and soils.

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Humans & Nature Harvest

The farm is working toward a harvest of plants to sell. We believe that harvests can be practiced with deep care while also generating sustaining revenue to support land care and farm programs.

New Roots: Farm and Land Care

Strachan Donnelley, the Center’s founder, planted the seeds for the Center’s new farm and land care practices before his death in 2008. Now, over fifteen years later, we are working toward this vision, sinking roots into 50 acres of land close to our founder’s childhood home and in the ancestral homelands of the Council of Three Fires—the Potawatomi, Ojibwa, and Ottawa—as well as the Kickapoo, Sioux, Peoria, Miami, Sauk, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Meskwaki, and other Native Peoples. We recognize and celebrate the unbreakable ties to this land for Indigenous Peoples past, present, and future. We commit ourselves to listening deeply to the wise teachers in our midst who have thought about human relationships with this land since time immemorial.

We also remain ever true to our founding purpose—that questions are our starting point and that wisdom shared by deep and diverse thinkers is what guides us forward. As the Center activates our farming and land care practices, we know we do not have all the answers as to how to do this well. We welcome wisdom from all of you, our community, as to how the Center might evolve its practices of reciprocal relationships among humans and nature in this place.

Along the way, we will continue to seed ideas through publications and land practices that contribute to resilience. We will continue to reimagine our cultural systems and institutions in a way that can help all of us live into more beautiful ways of knowing and being. And we will continue to nurture spaces where we can connect, listen, and learn about who we are—and who we want to be—as members of the larger community of life on Earth.

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