Sparkroot is a permacultural teaching farm and garden, a community gathering and learning place. We host interns, milk goats, tend bees, and cultivate connection between each Read more...
Sparkroot is a permacultural teaching farm and garden, a community gathering and learning place. We host interns, milk goats, tend bees, and cultivate connection between each other and this land that claims us. We are atop a hill surrounded by a grove of ancient grandmother oaks, nestled into 150 acres of woods with access to square miles of woodland trails. Our two-acre cooperative farm field is tended by many hands and hearts from around the world. Here we work, play, gather, imagine and learn Life together.
We are Village-Makers, gathering in shared work and a vision that sustains us. We are a growing “Living Laboratory” for how it all could be when we stop to wonder aloud a little while together about how it got to be this way, and how it might be otherwise. We're rethinking education, growing hyperlocal economy, learning cooperatively, decolonizing our minds, harvesting together. We are soil builders. We’ve moved from staking claims on the earth to being claimed by the earth.
Permaculture offers a map out of troubled times we find ourselves in. Sparkroot’s founders, Alisa Esposito and Chris Lucash, held gratifying positions as wildlife biologists for many years, working to save endangered species. Before Chris’s tragic death by the industrial-disease ALS, he worked for 30 years as an endangered red wolf biologist for the federal government. Eventually a hard won realization began to form. There is another way: Permaculture and Village-Making (and a lot of trust) make us midwives, well-equipped to tend the birth of a sane, balanced, healthy and abundant future. And so we are questioning everything. Redefining not only poverty, but wealth. Wondering aloud, diving in to ancient stories, and learning hard lessons even when it’s painful. We carry our grief as sustenance for the work of repair. We know we conjure the world with our words, and we’re telling new stories.
And if none of that interests you, we have plenty of woods and quiet. And a spot for your tent. Be welcome.