Welcome to Aprovecho

Aprovecho’s Abundant Garden

Aprovecho is a non-profit organization located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, on a beautiful 40-acre land trust outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon. Since its founding in 1981, Aprovecho’s land and its community of educators has been a regional resource for researching, demonstrating, and educating the techniques & strategies of sustainable living.

After nearly 40 years of building a global network of both students and educators, Aprovecho’s rich history includes the following successes: (1) development of fuel efficient cookstove technology (based on Rocket Stove Design principles) that is used all over the world today; (2) education of thousands of students in Permaculture design, natural building, appropriate technology, and sustainable forestry; and (3) inspired people around the globe to live a more sustainable and regenerative lifestyle. We give thanks to all our students, volunteers, and supporters over the years!

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Over the winter, Aprovecho’s Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee have been working to craft an updated set of visions and values as we look forward to updating the organizational mission as part of our transition plan. We took an in-depth look at the survey responses we received from people who have participated in Aprovecho’s offerings over the years, and are incorporating that valuable feedback into our visioning process.

Now as spring is coming to our beautiful valley, we are looking forward to several exciting events and offerings happening on campus.

~ A plan for Aprovecho’s Integrated Water Harvesting Earthworks has been chosen by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) as one of five finalists in their NatureWise design contest. Check out our submission on PINA’s website and consider voting for our project by becoming a member of PINA. Winners will receive $5,000, and if we are selected, we plan to build a large pond in the northeastern corner of the property that was designed by students in the 2017 Advanced Permaculture Practicum in Water and Forestry.

~ Aprovecho has been selected as a tour site for the North American Agroforestry Conference happening in Corvallis, OR this summer. We look forward to demonstrating our amazing sustainably managed forest and mature productive forest gardens and mixed annual/perennial gardens.

~ Aprovecho continues to offer seasonal gatherings including Kindle Cascadia and Inhabit Camp, which give folks opportunities to connect with each other and the land at Aprovecho to build skills and community around land stewardship and nature connection.

~ Aprovecho will host an Advanced Permaculture Course in Forestry, Water, and Agroforestry this summer taught by Tao Orion and Abel Kloster of  Resilience Permaculture Design, LLC.

Please feel free to be in touch if you’d like to learn more about our exciting organizational process, or to be more involved in the organization as we adapt to serve our community for years into the future.

PO Box 151
Cottage Grove, OR 97424
541-942-8198 | apro@aprovecho.net

Aprovecho Campus

And we always appreciate financial support as well. If you’d like to consider supporting our organizational transition, we would greatly appreciate it!


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