The Willowell Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting people with the environment, education, the arts, and each other. From our many outdoor alternative education programs, to the Monkton Wood Bank- an effort to help low-income Vermonters with heating assistance, we are committed to offering land-based programs and activities which focus on re-connecting with nature, community, and learning through experience.
Network Groups: Food Access
The Willowell Foundation, founded in 2001 on 230 acres of farmland, wetland, and forest in Monkton, Vermont, is dedicated to connecting people to the arts, education, the environment and each other through land-based programs. Our longest- running program is the internationally-recognized Walden Project outdoor public high school program, founded by Willowell's Executive Director Matthew Schlein and run in partnership with Vergennes Union High School. In 2012, we founded Wren's Nest Wilderness Preschool as a companion program for 3-5 year-olds. We also serve over 120 youth each year through our popular arts & environment camps, and reach approximately 550 additional youth each year through farm-to-school field trips, artist residencies, Keeping Track wildlife monitoring program, and Volunteers for Peace. It is our mission to cultivate healthy communities by connecting people to the arts, education, agriculture, the environment, and each other.
Food Access and Nutrition
- Community / public garden
- Support organization: Food Access and Nutrition
- Farm to School programs
- Out of school programs
- Internship / Apprenticeship / Mentorship programs
Vegetables, kale, squash, carrots, beans