The Ecology Center is thrilled to announce expansion plans for the farmland property will begin on October 1. The Ecology Center’s current footprint in San Juan Capistrano spans one-acre, and the expansion will increase the property to 28 acres total. The announcement is just one of many milestones for the Orange-County based nonprofit committed to inspiring communities around simple solutions to thriving on planet earth. In March of 2017, The Ecology Center merged with 1to1 Movement, a San Diego-based nonprofit on a mission to inspire and simplify sustainability in everyday life.
Long-term expansion plans include a Farm and Culinary Institute and Maker Studios to help nurture local farmers, chefs and artisans, a Café Grange showcasing the organic ingredients grown onsite, and a number of other ways for the community to have deeper experiences. All activations will complement the acre of interactive learning landscapes currently in use including an outdoor kitchen classroom, Eco Labs, teaching gardens and greenhouse on the property surrounding the center’s headquarters in the historic, 130-year-old Congdon farmhouse.
Having modeled a local approach to sustainability that offers true scalability, Evan Marks,Founder of The Ecology Center, envisions The Ecology Center as an incubator and hub for nutrients and inspiration to flow in multiple directions including local school districts. “We invite children to be architects of the future, not victims of it,” says Marks. “Our Farm will be the central training hub for the next generation of farmers in our region and a model for the ecological food movement. Designed to be the primary gathering place for our community, it is at the core of our expansion plan.” The expansion will help fulfill the organization’s vision to live in a world with a culture that gives more than it takes, shifting culture one unforgettable experience at a time. For more information about The Ecology Center and to stay updated with the expansion plans, visit TheEcologyCenter.org.