Privacy Policy

Last updated: June 21, 2022

This Privacy Policy describes our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of your information when you use our website and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

We use your personal data to provide and improve our site. By using our site, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Who we are

Gathering Ground is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, dedicated to educating people about sustainable agriculture. Our EIN is 81-4217805.

Our website address is:

Our physical address is: 1751 Lakeview Rd, Washington, WI 54246

Personal data collection

Gathering Ground is committed to data privacy, particularly as it relates to visitors to this website. We never sell, lend or exchange any personal data.

The website is hosted on the WordPress web platform, which uses cookies to recognize your repeat visits and measure the effectiveness of our campaigns.

Third party integrations

Some of the plugins and integrations we use may have access to your personal data. These third-party vendors collect, store, use, process and transfer information about your activity on our service in accordance with their Privacy Policies.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our website. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

You can opt-out of having made your activity on this website available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy & Terms web page.

Email Newsletter

If you opt-in to our email newsletter, we will use your personal data to contact you. You may opt-out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send or by contacting us.

We use Mailchimp to manage and send our newsletter emails. Mailchimp is an email marketing sending service provided by The Rocket Science Group LLC. For more information on the privacy practices of Mailchimp, please visit the Mailchimp Privacy Policy.


Gathering Ground manages donations and ticket sales via the Donorbox platform, where our organization retains full control over the use of our donor data. View the Donorbox Privacy Policy.

When you donate via our website, your data is encrypted and transferred over a secure network using industry-standard security technology. Donorbox uses Stripe, a third-party payment processing service, for payment processing. View the Stripe Privacy Policy.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. View the Gravatar Privacy Policy. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

Contact Forms

We keep contact form submissions for the purpose of reaching out to visitors who have sent us a message, but we do not use any information submitted through them for marketing purposes.

Contact form submissions may be checked through an automated spam detection service.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Embedded content from and links to other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Our website may contain links to other websites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

What rights you have over your data

If you have left comments on this site, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Contact information

If you have any questions or comments regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us.