MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION IN LAND AND COMMUNITY VALUES
Bowsprit Foundation is comprised of educators and farmers working along with local schools to mentor the next generation in land and community values through an immersive learning experience. Located at the Unity Agricultural Center in mid-coast Maine, Bowsprit was founded by Graziella Cervi and Peter Brady, who have decades of experience in youth mentorship, farming, and intentional living.
We are raising a final $25,000 to help secure a home, provide tuition for our first eight participants, and purchase materials and tools. Program participants are young people, ages 16-20, who seek to learn in a safe, respectful, and engaging environment, while working in fields, forest, and studios.
Students are invited to attend up to four 2-week residential intensives (one per season), for a rich experience of agrarian life - vegetable and livestock farming, forestry, green-woodworking, blacksmithing, pottery, weaving, cooking, and more.
Believing that farming at its best is a community endeavor, and a wellspring for improving the physical, cultural, and economic lives of those involved, we are excited by the potential of our programs. Fundamentally, this is work that builds self-worth, inspires new understanding of one’s own capabilities, and introduces new horizons and imaginings.
Our common future depends on the wellbeing and motivation of all young people.
Please show your support for our work today!
Whether you are a student looking for a fresh perspective, a teacher with a referral, or a craftsperson wanting to pass on your knowledge and make a difference in the world, we look forward to learning together.
The foundation of this work is the renewal of our farm landscape into a vital, productive, resilient, and diversified farm. Biodynamic agriculture is about bringing healing to a damaged environment, encouraging honest and open observation of the natural world, and providing the tools to help us bring our food production practices into balance. It is also about relationships between people, recognizing our connections to others, and working to build new ones.
Who better to share these experiences with, than young people looking for authentic ways to engage with their world?
Our Center creates a forum where young people, craft-masters and farmers share and learn from each other, contributing to the rejuvenation of our local community.
Many young people today will have never experienced the soul-warmth of being seated at a table for a meal grown and prepared together with family or friends. Each day, Bowsprit programs offer this experience for participants from beginning to end – even down to making the bowls and napkins themselves!
Your donation will make a real difference in the lives of our students. Thank you for your support!
Visit the Bowsprit Foundation website for more information.