Aprovecho’s Abundant Garden

Welcome! 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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Currently, our Board of Directors, together with an amazing volunteer Transition Team, has been busy working on an organizational transition, in hopes of transforming Aprovecho into one that is more engaged with our local community; is meeting our community needs; and is adapting to our current ecological, social, political, & economical environment.

We are utilizing several strategies – both internally & externally – to help us re-open our doors later this year, including the following:

~ Working with experienced professionals, including non-profit managers

~ Conducting targeted community outreach & engagement

~ Building collaborations & partnerships

~ Continuing to educate ourselves on many important issues such as implicit bias, climate change, and land acknowledgement

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 Summer comes to our beautiful valley, we are looking forward to several exciting events and offerings happening on campus.

~ Aprovecho’s plan for continuing the development of our Integrated Water Harvesting Earthworks won the $5,000 prize offered by the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA) in their first NatureWise design contest! We are so honored to have our site plan chosen – we’ve worked for many years on coming up with a design for the integrated water harvesting system on the site. Check out our submission on PINA’s website. Money from this grant will go towards constructing a large pond in the northeastern corner of the property. We will be hosting a series of classes and tours to highlight the development of this exciting project.

We’re looking forward to hosting two workshops in association with building the pond. The first is coming up on June 15, and will cover pond design, surveying, and general considerations for earthworks development. The second workshop will take place on July 7 and will include considerations for implementing construction of a pond including equipment considerations, strategies for finishing earthworks, and troubleshooting. Participants are welcome to participate in the pond construction process as well. More information is available here.

Email Tao at resiliencepermaculture@gmail.com to register.

Maps from our NatureWise Design Contest submission

~ 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 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


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Aprovecho is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization so your gifts are tax-deductible. Our tax-deductible ID is 93-0764529. Thank you!