Stable to Classroom Conversion Project

Let’s Faithify it, and Make it Happen in 2019!

Imagine this rather rundown stable at the base converted to a dynamic, well-equipped classroom space, with a projector and screen, microscopes, plenty of dry storage for herbs and supplies, room for the mushroom lab, and an office for our farm managers and apprentices. What an exciting development this could be, to provide an enhanced “Living Learning Laboratory” environment for our campers, guests and local school children who come each year to our Many Hands Peace Farm.

This is the vision for this facilities renovation project, and very much in keeping with our commitment to environmental sustainability and goals for expanding our farm education programs for all ages. We imagine a flexible space, with room for tables and chairs, or open floor space, appropriate to the age groups and activities planned.

It will take at least $25,000 to complete the basic renovations–floors, doors, windows, ceiling, lighting, walls, trim, paint, electrical and heat sources–that is, with skilled volunteer labor to do most of the work and offset the cost.

To learn more about our vision for the Living Learning Laboratory, watch this video:


We can double your donation, up to a total of $5,000 through Faithify! 

Thanks to two generous donors who share this vision of converting the stable to a classroom, we have received $10,000 in funding to use in a matching challenge. So far, we have raised $5,000 toward this matching challenge, and have another $5,000 that can be matched. The plan is to the basic renovations between November and next April, in time for spring farming and educational programs to begin.

To supplement the donor funding, we have applied for grants that are specifically for environmental stewardship, sustainable farming, and education. If you know of any such grant funding organizations, please contact our Development Director.

If you believe in the potential of our Many Hands Peace Farm and want to support this Stable to Classroom Conversion project we are calling the “Living Learning Laboratory”…



From all of us at The Mountain Retreat & Learning Center and the Many Hands Peace Farm, we THANK YOU for your support of this Living Learning Laboratory project!