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Metta Earth Farm

Metta Earth’s projects and collaborations for the last 15 years have been hosted on 158 acres of mixed woodlands, fields, and pastures. As a small scale, diversified, organic, and biodynamically oriented farm, Metta Earth practices carbon farming and climate mitigation modeling by engaging in holistic management and regenerative agriculture. Through the care and daily rotational grazing of Milking Shorthorn cows, Icelandic sheep, and heritage breed chickens along with composting and other soil building practices, the land is in a continual process of regeneration. Abundant vegetable, fruit, and herb gardens flourish along with the diversity of wildlife and wild plant medicines creating a refuge for learning and service. 

Metta Earth Farm, LLC is the farm and retreat business, which hosts the nonprofit programs of the institute, as well as the work of other land based enterprises that serve the larger community. This entity is set up to function as a worker owned cooperative business for future residents.

• The farm provides a large percentage of organically grown, nutrient dense food for guest, team, and resident meals both fresh in season and preserved for the long winters. 

• As a working farm and permaculture site, Metta Earth Farm facilitates educational experiences in carbon farming, restorative agriculture, plant medicine, and regenerative food systems. 

• MEF attends to accommodations and teaching spaces, creating beautiful, healthy, and clean sanctuary environments for all the programs. 

• The farm also regularly offers food to the larger community with a small CSA, seasonal farm stand, small store, occasional sales to local schools and other markets, and seasonal donations to local food shelves. 

Continuing Lifeways 

With the enjoyment and embodiment of a life close to the land, MEF residents work together to nourish community and explore the rejuvenation of ecologically committed village culture. By intertwining the paths of gardeners, farmers, permaculturists, homesteaders, cooks, herbalists, beekeepers, laundry tenders, hand- crafters, those in this endeavor may find meaning in the humble tasks of land and home steward- ship, practicing mindfulness, beauty making, and the creation of art in the daily round. 

Through wholesome, land based lifeways, these agrarians are teachers and educators creating sanctuaries for experiential learning, living, and loving. With a fierce commitment to vital, healthfully grown food, they support learning communities in permaculture, biodynamic gardening, and organic, restorative agriculture. The hosting of all the MEI programs is guided by this intent.

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