After leading our character and confidence building nature immersion programs for 15 years on borrowed and leased land, the time has come for Wild Earth to enter a deeper relationship of reciprocity with the land.
With generous funding from the NoVo Foundation and Propel Capital and short-term loans from three generous donors, Wild Earth has secured a beautiful piece of the Hudson Valley encompassing over 135 acres of flowing streams, rock outcroppings, and hardwood forest.
Wild Earth will make a permanent home on this land, allowing stability for deepened programming, community development and integration, and generational continuity for years to come.
Wild Earth has never and will never be owned by anyone. Our board of directors, leadership team and all of our instructing staff and volunteers have always seen ourselves as serving you – the youth and adults of the Hudson Valley. This is our Wild Earth. We see this new land as a commons, a resource for all, that will benefit, inspire, and bring a deeper sense of home to our entire Wild Earth community.
This is the land we have been dreaming of. In the words of Robin Wall Kimmerer, in Braiding Sweetgrass:
We will take care of this land as if our lives and the lives of all of our children depend on it.
May we learn from the land how to give our gifts and meet our responsibilities – may we learn how to be human!
While we have secured this land, we will need to re-pay short-term loans and build out the infrastructure that will make this extraordinary land Wild Earth’s home for the future.
In the coming months, you will be hearing much more about how you can help make this dream a reality. Please reach out to us with questions or to share your enthusiasm.
In 2004, David co-founded and, today, is the Executive Director of Wild Earth, where he seeks to help regenerate healthy community culture and create opportunities for people to connect with themselves, each other and the Earth. Prior to founding Wild Earth, David worked as a wealth advisor on Wall Street for twelve years before realizing a life dream – fully sharing in the care and parenting of his three children, and creating a small family farm. Today, the Brownsteins raise dairy cows, goats, chickens, bees and vegetables in season. David also maintains an active counseling practice called Root Connections, where he focuses on helping individuals, couples, groups and business leaders identify and manifest their unique vision. More about David's work.