CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Help Us Bring Farm-to-Table Nourishment to Our Community

Dig in with us to bring a bright and welcoming environment where our community can gather over ethically sourced coffee drinks, hand-blended teas, juices pressed from fresh farm produce, and light breakfast and lunch fare that celebrates our crop rotation.

Collaborator Tier:

$100 donation

Reward:
A Campesino coffee mug.

Changemaker Tier:

$250 donation

Reward:
All previous rewards plus free coffee for the first month of operation.

Steward Tier:

$500 donation

Reward:
All previous rewards plus two free tickets to cafe opening reception.

Visionary Tier:

$1,000+ donation

Reward:
All previous rewards plus your name will be added to a donor plaque inside the cafe.

Donate and Receive Rewards: We have created a few delicious rewards that we can’t wait to share with you once Campesino Café opens its doors. Simply select a donation amount from the list above, enter it in the donation box, and we’ll notify you when you can come pick up your reward from the farm.

Thanks to our incredible philanthropic community, we’ve already raised most of the money needed to build Campesino Café. We just need to raise an additional $150,000, and two anonymous donors have already pledged to match any new donations up to $75,000.

That means we’re only $75,000 away from having everything we need to bring Campesino Café to life!

Bienvenido a
Campesino Café

Since The Ecology Center’s founding in 2008, we’ve been on a mission to nourish and inspire our community with the vision of an ecological food future. 

This year, we broke ground on an on-site café that will be an expression of that vision, and a welcoming gateway for community members to connect to this movement through food.

Planned for opening in September, Campesino Café will be at the center of our efforts to engage our community with a taste of the abundance that is possible through creative collaboration for the health of people and planet.

Beautiful handmade plate holding a bountiful vegetarian meal.
A bag of steady state coffee sits next to a coffee mug on wooden table.

We envision Campesino as a bright and welcoming environment where our community can gather over ethically sourced coffee drinks, hand-blended teas, juices pressed from fresh farm produce, and light breakfast and lunch fare that celebrates our crop rotation.

Open to the public five days a week, this offering will be more than simply an inviting new point of entry for our community. It will also serve as another arm of our experiential education, showcasing the commercial viability of our regenerative ethos through a working demonstration of a zero-waste, closed-loop food and beverage model. “Learn by doing” never tasted so good.

We invite you to join us in building this community gathering place where individuals and families, locals and visitors, can connect over healthy food, experience the reality of a healthy village, and leave inspired to foster healthy change in their own lives.

Campesino = Of the Land

Used throughout Latin America, campesino is more than just a translation of the word farmer. As The Ecology Center founder Evan Marks learned during his travels in agroecological research, a person who says “soy campesino” is saying less about who they are individually, and more about what they belong to. Both a mark of humility and a badge of honor, campesino is a title for those who live in relationship to the land, day in and day out.

This café exists to honor and uplift those who do the life-giving work of stewarding the land—work that goes largely invisible in our current food system. We’ve built this community gathering space with the goal of supporting a living wage for all our agricultural workers. When you enjoy the nourishment offered here, you nourish the farmers who grew the coffee, tended the orchards, harvested the grain, and cared for the animals.

Thank you for helping us make the difference that ensures an abundant future for these farmers and their families. By modeling a food system in which land stewards receive the respect and compensation their work deserves, we can inspire a new generation of conscious community farmers to keep this lineage alive.

Soy Campesino

Make an Even Bigger Impact
Join Our Founders' Table

With an annual donation of $10K or more toward the important work happening at The Ecology Center, you will become a member of our Founders’ Table, a small group of dedicated partners who both power our organization’s endeavors and serve as ambassadors of an ecological food future to the wider community. In celebration of your commitment to this work, you will receive:

Invitations to exclusive Founders’ Table events, such as wine tastings and special dinners with leaders from the ecological food movement

Early access to tickets to culinary events, educational workshops, and our annual Green Feast dinner

Annual membership to The Ecology Center, which offers discounts on goods sold in our Farm Stand

Naming rights for new facilities and much more for large contributions (Click here to get in touch with us directly and learn more about the Founders’ Table)

Woman kneeling in a field with freshly picked peppers in a basket.

Through focusing our efforts and resources around growing food for our community, we gained opportunities for an unprecedented expansion of both our reach and programming.

Today, with an annual participation of 150,000 community members and over 30 programs that provide nourishment, education, and cultural enrichment, we find ourselves ahead of schedule on the path to building our Village into a world-class destination for collaborative change, and a replicable model for communities around the world.

Person walks a wheel barrow through the rainbow arches on The Ecology Center farm.

A Model Village Fully Realized

In many ways, the challenges of 2020 proved to be a blessing in disguise, pushing us to lean deeply into our values for ecology, economy, and equity in our local food system.

A man in a field with three children showing them details about the regional plant life.

This year, we broke ground on an on-site café that will be an expression of that vision, and a welcoming gateway for community members to connect to this movement through food.

Planned for opening in September, Campesino Café will be at the center of our efforts to engage our community with a taste of the abundance that is possible through creative collaboration for the health of people and planet.

Campesino Café is Only Possible Thanks to the Generosity of the Following Donors

Tsao Family: $300,000
Karen Jaffe: $84,000
Anonymous: $50,000
Anonymous: $30,000
Rosemary Kraemer Raitt Foundation: $25,000
Herzberger Family: $20,000
Anonymous: $20,000
Quintanar Family: $10,000
Tonya Picerne: $10,000
Melinda and John Glowaki: $10,000
Azimi-Sadati Family: $4,000