Aprovecho is a non-profit organization located on a beautiful forty-acre land trust outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon occupying the traditional territory of the Kalapuya people. Aprovecho, which can sometimes be interpreted as “I make best use of” in Spanish, gained its name from the spirit of a sustainable approach to resource use in the creation and sustenance of human culture that the early founders observed in their international development work. ** In 1981, this group founded an organization dedicated to the investigation of sustainable human settlement in North America, and found their place in the foothills of the Coast Range of Oregon. Today, Aprovecho’s land and its community of educators is a regional resource for researching, demonstrating, and educating the techniques and strategies of sustainable living.

** As this organization is evolving and we educate ourselves on appropriation and honoring place and the history of people that were here before settlers, we acknowledge the name Aprovecho is not appropriate for this organization. We are currently in the process of choosing a new name and welcome suggestions and feedback.

The Campus

Aprovecho is located on 40 acres in the foothills of the Coast Range in Oregon. Most of the campus is forested with a mixture of Douglas and Grand Fir, Incense Cedar, and Madrone and managed as part of out sustainable … Continue reading →

Meet Our Team

Bios of our staff and faculty. Continue reading →


“I liked the fact that a lot was going on at all times – staff and interns learning from each other while doing projects, the variety of opinions and value systems, learning to cook for 20 (!). It has been wonderful … Continue reading →

Supporting Aprovecho

Aprovecho depends on the continued support of our donors and members to develop the educational campus and introduce new programs. All donations are tax-deductible. If you would like to donate online, please use the Donation Form below. You can also … Continue reading →

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