When you make a gift to the FBEA you are supporting the good work of farm-based educators around the world who are tirelessly connecting adults and children to the invaluable real work experiences unique to working farms.
You can make a donation online (click the donate button)or you can send a check, see below.
Public demand for educational experiences on farms is blossoming as individuals increasingly seek meaningful ways to connect to the land, support their local food systems, and pursue sustainable future. Farm-based education(FBE) programs are on the rise in response to this demand. Existing FBE programs are working to expand their programmatic offerings and to develop new, creative ways to engage the public on their farms. New FBE programs have been sprouting up in record numbers and are navigating the many, varied challenges associated with beginning a program from scratch.
Farm-based education programs are often small, rural, and limited by resources. By virtue of these traits they’re apt to develop in very organic and ingenious ways, but largely in isolation from one another. As such, there is a tendency for FBE practitioners to struggle with aspects of their shared work – whether it be developing a curriculum or navigating the safety and liability issues affiliated with bringing the public onto a working farm landscape – that someone else, another FBE practitioner, somewhere else, has already grappled with and solved.
To help practitioners from “reinventing the wheel” and to enable the sharing of best practices, the FBEA exists to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas, and resources among farmers, educators, administrators,and others engaged in FBE. Through a robust offering of online resources, annual workshops and events, a bi-annual conference, a robust member network, and consulting capacity,the FBEA strengthens and supports the work of FBE practitioners all around the country.Your generous gift helps us support these practitioners as they educate children, adults,and learners from all walks of life on their farms and affect positive change for the health and viability of our farms and communities.
The FBEA is a project of Shelburne Farms. Gifts to the FBEA are made to Shelburne Farms and dedicated entirely to this project.
If you would like to send a check, please indicate FBEA #095 in the subject line and mail it to:
FBEA / Shelburne Farms
1611 Harbor Road
Shelburne, VT 05482
Please contact Brooke Redmond with any questions at (978) 318-7871, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your support!