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ISLAND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your tax-deductible contribution supports programs that connect art, agriculture, ecology and community. We invite you to earmark your contribution for a specific use if you wish. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or needs.

Your contribution supports

I. The brand new Farmer Residency Program

This is a prototype farmer incubation program, currently hosted by the Maple Bay Farm. Like a medical residency, the Farmer Residency helps to close the gap between basic farmer training and full farm management. Graduates of the program will gain the management experience they need to tackle farming as a lifelong career. ISLAND is honored to be working alongside the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and a host of other food and farming organizations who share our passion for seeing this sorely needed program take permanent roots in the region.

II. The Food Preservation Trailer

A mobile three-season educational canning kitchen on wheels. Currently under construction, the trailer will allow for up to a dozen people to gather on local farms at the peak of produce ripeness, to learn, upgrade their skills, hang out and turn food preservation from seasonal drudgery to a party. Plus, this trailer connects the dots between food preservation and our local farm economy, adding more value to our small places.

III. The Hill House Artist Residency

The Hill House gives time and space for gifted musicians, writers and artists to create new work. Now in its fourth year, the Hill House hosts artists from as far away as Hong Kong and Paris, as well as a regular stream of some of our best Michigan talent. The Hill House connects the ecology of our local community to the power of artmaking.

Your dollars make all of this happen. A generous donor challenges you to support sustainable agriculture, the arts and ecology in these great places we call home.

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5870 Cottage Drive
Bellaire, MI 49615

"I know that one revived rural community would be more convincing and more encouraging than all the government and university programs of the last fifty years, and I think it would be the beginning of the renewal of our country, for the renewal of rural communities ultimately implies the renewal of urban ones."
— Wendell Berry, from The Work of Local Culture

10 steps to revive rural communities
photo: Jayne and Jayson studying puffballs at the eco-learning center photo: a handbuilt greenhouse at Tripple Brook Farms photo: home roasting coffee beans photo: fresh raspberries! photo: Michelle Ferrarese teaching a workshop through CRAFT photo: chantrelle mushroom photo: Mike Wells sporting a killer mustache and a great smile at a CRAFT potluck photo: Fresh compost! photo: Nels Veliquette checking out the hives photo: dying wool with mushrooms photo: our first ever workshop! photo: putting renewable energy to work

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