Featured Campaign:

Become a monthly donor! 

A generous donor has pledged to match the annual total gift of all new (and increasing) monthly donors up to $5,000! Help us unlock this $5,000 gift! 

Monthly donors are a sustaining life force behind the programs of Gathering Ground. Monthly donors will be invited to a special event during summer 2023 highlighting their importance to our organization. It will be fun and tasty!

So join a cohort of people investing in the planet, in the community, in our future. And have fun doing it!

With just a couple clicks, you can sign up to give a monthly donation at whatever level is right for you. 


That means if you choose to give a gift of $35/month, your gift will become $840 for the year!

If you already give $12 a month, and you increase it to $22, your gift will become $384! 

Support Our Work

It is clear now more than ever that we are sustained by the earth we live on and we must take care of it. Help us grow our community orchards and educational programs supporting sustainable agriculture on Washington Island.

Your contribution is crucial to the success of our mission to educate kids and adults about sustainable agriculture — and to meet our end goal of supporting healthy communities and healthy land. With your help, we will be able to work toward our ambitious goals:

Securing on-Island housing for our Ground School internship students, so that we can grow and expand the program.

Developing a wider range of programming for local K-12 students, with the broader aim of teaching the next generation how to adapt to a changing climate.

Growing food in a way that works with nature, not against it, and revitalizing the soil so that farms will be able to endure for generations.

Hosting regional experts, educators and artists for events and workshops focused around environmental theory and practice.

Investing in the local community by hosting weekly Farmers’ Markets and working to make Washington Island a destination for green tourism.

With so much important work ahead, we are energized by your commitment to Gathering Ground and are grateful that you choose to Plant for the Future with us. If you’re able to, consider becoming a monthly donor. Your support makes our work possible.

If you’d prefer to donate via check, please make it out to:


Gathering Ground
2162 Swenson Road
Washington Island, WI 54246

Gathering Ground is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift, and estate taxes. Our EIN is 81-4217805.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about the donation process.

Dollars Raised

Thanks to your generous donations, we are able to continue our experiments in sustainable agriculture education.


We couldn’t do what we do without the tireless support of our wonderful volunteers. Find out more about getting involved here.


Our supporters’ donations are seeds that allow our teaching programs to sprout new ideas, and our farm to sprout new life.

Trees Planted

We’re planting fruit and nut trees in our orchard that will sequester carbon and produce sustenance for a healthier future.

Vines and Shrubs Planted

We’re transitioning the vineyard to a disease-resistant grape variety, Itasca. We’re also planting native shrubs and berry plants throughout the property.

Food Donated

We donate our produce regularly to the Washington Island food pantry. This number will continue grow as our fruit and nut trees mature.

Students Taught

Education is the backbone of Gathering Ground. We are proud to host young adults every summer for our internship, and to partner with our local K-12 district.

Events Hosted

Our community workshops feature regional experts, local artists and writers. Our annual Dinner in the Vineyard highlights locally grown, farm-to-table cuisine.

Your Donations Make a HUGE Impact

Funds Raised:



  • Donations
  • Grape Sales



  • Individual donors
  • Source 2
  • Source 3
  • Source 4
  • Source 5
  • Source 6



  • Individual Donors
  • Major Donors
  • Grants
  • Dinner in the vineyard



  • Individual donors
  • Major Donors
  • Agricultural sales
  • Grants
  • Dinner in the Vineyard



  • Major Donors
  • Grants
  • Dinner in the Vineyard
  • Programs

Fund Distribution:



  • 501(c)(3) Establishment
  • Insurance and Taxes
  • Consulting Fees
  • Agriculture
  • Utilities



  • Expense 1
  • Expense 2
  • Expense 3
  • Expense 4



  • Labor and Consulting
  • Fixed Assets & Nursery
  • Insurance and Taxes
  • Maintenance
  • Equipment
  • Supplies
  • Advertising



  • Agricultural supplies
  • Operations
  • Programs
  • Fixed Assets



  • Agricultural supplies
  • Operations
  • Programs
  • Fixed Assets

Our Partners & Sponsors

Door County Community Foundation logo
Plantra logo
Stumptown Media logo

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 to learn how you can partner with Gathering Ground.

Annual Reports

Curious about our organization’s accomplishments so far? Take a look at our annual reports: