Blackwood Educational Land Institute is a nonprofit (for-purpose), 33- acre teaching farm in Waller County, Texas. Two acres of our land are cultivated, and the remainder is preserved in three distinct ecosystems: coastal prairie, post-oak savannah, and pine barrens.


Blackwood Educational Land Institute is a teaching farm on a quest to model the indispensable role of restorative food systems in all our lives. Together we can co-create better ways to grow and source food, eat and live—restoring natural systems, public health and animal welfare, and celebrating all it means to be human!

As a non-profit, we seek to:

  • Explore and practice restorative agricultural techniques to inspire and prepare the next wave of farmers and ecologists
  • Teach a strong work ethic to youth, as they learn where their food comes from and how important healthy food systems are to their lives
  • Provide programming, special events and tours of our model farm to cultivate awareness about how restorative food systems are a critical tool to help solve our environmental crisis
  • Demonstrate how essential it is to balance food production and land preservation

Daily, we recommit to life-long-learning, diversity and gathering with our family, friends and community.

“No one has yet charted a roadmap to a bright ecological future. If there were one, we would be solving our problems. Only innovative thinkers – those who are willing to venture away from the obvious, who are creative, clever and brave enough to try what seems to be wrong or impossible – will solve our future issues. It is my burning desire to offer young people the encouragement to experiment with what some might consider wrong or impossible, a safe place where they can try, fall, get up, and give it another try.” – Cath Conlon, founder and CEO, Blackwood Educational Land Institute