We are raising funds to support Groundwork's new Environmental Fellowship. The fellowship program is designed to be a collaborative space for young people to come together in a joyful environment on our 2-acre farm in Paonia, Colorado. Fellows will grow food and seeds, connect with the land, engage with radical environmental thought, and design and implement grassroots activism projects. Fellows pay no tuition.
This fellowship is designed based on proven models from friends across Asia and South America. We have seen that when projects bring young activists and leaders together and provide for their basic needs, social change is made possible.
We have designed the fellowship to be efficient with money—we are growing our own food, living simply, and some staff are volunteering. Comparable programs around the U.S. typically charge over $12,000 for a similar experience. To make the Groundwork environmental fellowship accessible to diverse applicants, we've made our program free. Your donations will help us run the fellowship, compensate staff for their hard work, and establish the environmental fellowship for years to come.
$20 — Books and seeds
$50 — Farm tools & materials
$100 — Guest lecturer on indigenous land rights, permaculture, or sustainable food systems
$1,000 — Sponsor a fellow for 1 month
$4,500 — Sponsor a fellow for the duration of the program
Rising to meet the challenges posed by climate change, ecological decline, and environmental injustice requires more than new technologies and policies. Changes to economies, political systems, and infrastructure must come in tandem with changes to values, attitudes, and practices. At Groundwork, we work to shift the foundations of the ways we understand ourselves and our place in the world, in order to work towards more just and sustainable shared futures for a time beyond our own.