Blackwood Educational Land Institute

Blackwood Land is a non-profit, 33-acre teaching farm perfectly located between Houston, Austin, and College Station. We’re on a mission to model the indispensable role of regenerative agriculture and food systems in all our lives and serve our community through educational programs such as summer camps and field trips.

 

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

At the intersection of soil health, agro-ecology development, carbon sequestration, and food cultivation is the practice of regenerative agriculture. We’re harnessing natural processes and systems to help draw-down carbon from the atmosphere and improve the water holding capacity of the Land using soil microbiology. By integrating our annual vegetable beds with our perennial plant guilds, we are building habitats for beneficial insects which serve as natural pest controls. As above, so below. The healthier our soils, the healthier our above ecosystems to produce delicious, nourishing produce for our community.

Summer Nature Camp

Adventure comes to life at Blackwood during the summer. Blackwood Nature Camp is a week-long overnight camp for ages 8-14 in Hempstead, TX. Campers learn about nature, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. With the support of highly trained counselors, they’ll explore the wilderness and discover what secrets and wisdom the forest has to tell.

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Field Trips & Overnights

Bring your class for a day or overnight visit to learn about regenerative agriculture! We offer age-appropriate, multidisciplinary field trip options for first grade through high school. Students learn firsthand on our working farm, everything from food cycles to agricultural business. There is something for any class or youth group to learn at Blackwood!

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