Seedling Workshop

Join us for a workshop on starting your own seedlings for your garden. March 2 at 10:30 am at Hoot Blossom Farm lead by Lori Jorgensen and Russell Rolffs. The class will cover seed starting to transplanting for different vegetable/flower crops with focus on potting mix, growing conditions, supplement light and temperature, watering and timing to ensure your garden’s success. Time for Q&A at the end, bring questions! Participants will go home with: 5 gallons of potting mix (please bring your own bucket if you have one); seedling tray and inserts; handout with key seedling information for our climate.

Accepting Ground School Applications

“Gathering Ground has re-ignited my passion for the Earth. This internship was just what I needed at this point in my college career.”

Join Ground School for a summer of paid farm work, topical seminars & hands-on experience in regenerative agriculture on Washington Island, WI.

Tales from the Community Garden

“Be part of a Community Garden,” they said.  “It will be fun!,” they said.  “You’ll meet lots of people, and learn about gardening and have lots to harvest,” they said. But what they didn’t say was that I was going to fall in love with being in the stillness and beauty of the Gathering Ground Garden this past summer.

Farmers Market 2024

Farmers Market 2024 will start Memorial Day weekend. Do you want to join the market next year as vendor? Contact us to learn more.

Lamb Raffle Open Now

We have 60 lbs of grass-fed, Island-raised ground lamb. Delicious for all your lamb burger, kofta, kebab and other recipes. 6 lucky people will win 10 lbs of ground lamb. One chance to win is $20. Grass-fed lamb usually sells for $10/lbs. We will sell of total of 60 tickets, giving you a 1/6 chance of winning. We will pull a winner every 6 tickets sold.

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About Us

Gathering Ground blends agriculture and conservation on its 38 acre working and teaching farm. With a vision for thriving communities connected to the environment and their food through work and play, we focus on sustainable farming practices with our diverse fruit and nut orchards and vineyards. We promote biodiversity, offer community composting, and support local farms through our Farmers’ Market. We host educational programs like Ground School and workshops and events for learners of all ages. The Grounds are open for walking tours and picnics. Join us in Planting for the Future!

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How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 40 acre farm on remote Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

How on Earth should we live?

Here at Gathering Ground, we’re deeply engaged in the work of answering this question.

It is clear now more than ever that the world is facing an ecological crisis, and that the only way to turn back the tide is to radically reimagine our relationship with the land that sustains us.

Our 38 acre farm on Washington Island, in Wisconsin’s Door County, serves as our living laboratory. The island is a self contained ecosystem, which makes it the perfect home for our experiments in community-based sustainable farming, education and conservation.

Join us in planting for the future.

Take a virtual trip to our Washington Island farm, and hear more from the founders about what motivates them to learn from its soil.

Watch this video overview of our property, featuring footage from our annual Dinner in the Vineyard fundraiser. Hear from Russell and Alessandra Rolffs about what inspired them to start the foundation, and what they envision for its future.

Video production by Dusan Harminc of Stumptown Media.

News From the Farm

Grape Harvest in Photos

Grape Harvest in Photos

We had a beautiful day in the vineyard this fall, where we harvested 900 lbs of grapes. We will make 400 bottles of wine!

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Tales From the Gathering Ground Community Garden

Tales From the Gathering Ground Community Garden

Tales from the Gathering Ground Community Garden   by Rachel Schwandt “Be part of a Community Garden,” they said.  “It will be fun!,” they said.  “You’ll meet lots of people, and learn about gardening and have lots to harvest,” they said. But what they didn’t say was...

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They say that the best time to plant a fruit tree is thirty years ago. Well, the second best time is now.

- Russell Rolffs

President and Farm Manager

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We are so grateful for the support we receive from our partners and sponsors. Do you have a company or organization that’s dedicated to promoting and investing in sustainable agriculture? Contact us for more info.