• “To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.”

    – Wendell Berry
    poet, academic, farmer

  • “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

    – John Dewey
    philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer

  • “Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there.”

    – Gary Snyder
    poet, academic, author of Turtle Island

In a divided world, the earth itself must be our common ground. The ancient image of the world carried on a sea creature’s back depicts the biosphere as a living organism that sustains us, not merely resources to exploit. Turtle Island Co-op is a nonprofit academic and agricultural research cooperative that holds to this vision. We are aspiring farmer-scholars committed to researching, practicing, and promoting ecologically resilient ways of living in harmony with the earth and its other inhabitants.

Who We Are

Turtle Island Co-op is, more than anything, about building community and sustaining meaningful conversations.
We are individuals from diverse walks of life with a wide array of interest, brought together by shared values.
We are united by our common concern for the earth and our passion for education.

Read about our story.

What We Offer

Workshops, seminars, and full courses in agroecology and the humanities. We will also offer tours, vacation stays, healthy food grown in ways that build soil and compliment the region’s ecology.
As a nonprofit, our goal is to develop open-source blueprints for a sustainable future, so that more and more places like like this can exist.

What We Do

We provide a home to a living-learning community whose goal is to reimagine and implement ways of restructuring the work-life balance.

Reading, writing, sustainable experimentation and developing open-source resources for others who want to do the same.