Down To Earth

Environmental and Sustainability Education

In 2015 WEI celebrates the aggregation of our classes, workshops and training under the name of a new school — DOWN TO EARTH: ENVIRONMENTAL AND SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION. While WEI has been active in offering educational opportunities for the past eleven years, this second decade marks the beginning of a new educational enterprise. WEI’s new school provides an affordable and accessible interdisciplinary education taught by qualified teachers from different walks of life: farmers, artists, writers, therapists, folk school artisans, chefs, activists, thinkers and professors representing diverse social and ethnic communities. Classes and workshops are held on the WEI farm campus in North Branch, Minnesota, in the Twin Cities at various locations, and in the North Branch area. Request a WEI Annual Catalogue available every January at the beginning of the year or check out the long-range calendar on this website.

Meet the WEI Faculty (tbd) Jacquelyn Zita, Atina Diffley, Pat Farrel, Jim Riddle, Michelle Garvey, Seitu Jones, Sharon Day, Loretta Ortiz, Karen Joy Clark, and many more to come in 2016.

Watch for offerings of the following:

Growing Power Weekend Training

Organic Farm School: Summer 10-week series

Organic Farming 101: January/February 10 week series

Farmer Tune-Ups: workshops and trainings for beginning and more advanced organic farmers.
Adult Education Classes: a variety of academic classes and workshops designed for adults. Some of these can be applied to continuing education credits. Women’s Studies at the Farm: adult education classes designed for uppity women interested in social change and a more equitable world. Some courses are for-credit offerings connecting WEI courses and transferable credits with local universities and colleges.

Folk School Classes: a broad set of offerings by crafts artisans and teachers which provides students with hands-on learning opportunities in sustainable skill building and crafts.

Youth Education: day tours and classes for youth at the WEI Farm Campus.
Internship and Apprentice Opportunities: WEI internships offer a broad array of 5-6 week internships in farming, nonprofit administration, data management, culinary arts.

Educational Media: watch for special conferences, forums, publications, reading groups, film series, and webinars offered by WEI or co- sponsored with other organizations.