Wintergreen supports local, renewable, and community-based projects in the areas of education, culture, and the environment. Members from the community, along with Wintergreen volunteers and staff, contribute to projects in all of these areas on a project-by-project basis.
The Wintergreen Education Initiative
There are three integrated components of the Wintergreen Education Initiative. First, we offer hands-on learning opportunities at Wintergreen for school-aged children and adults where participants can learn about our gardens, land, and off-grid systems. These opportunities take the forms of school trips, open houses, and retreats. Second, we are affiliated with the Edible Schoolyard Project, and as an affiliate member, we contribute to the development of curriculum resources for school gardens for students and teachers throughout North America. We also have our own educational resources page on the Wintergreen Studios website. Third, the research branch of our work involves sharing findings through academic papers and conferences about the impact of school gardens and other sustainable practices on education.
The Wintergreen Cultural Initiative
The Wintergreen Cultural Initiative is a grown-at-home entertainment series that features local artists, musicians, and writers, as well as the occasional guest from “away.” These evenings begin with a delicious dinner, usually attended by people within a 20 minute drive of Wintergreen, where the meal is served buffet-style, and guests often find themselves mingling with people they have just met or have known for decades. The meal is followed by world-class entertainment, all of which takes place in the warmth of the Wintergreen lodge. Everyone is welcome (and if you’re not local, there’s a B&B option for spending the night!). For more information, see the Dinner and Entertainment page on our website.
The Wintergreen Environmental Initiative
Our vision is of a region where more of our energy is provided from renewable sources and more of our residents have the opportunity to participate in this growing sector by involvement in cooperatives and other community sector organizations, as well as local municipal governments and agencies.
The mission of our association, formed in 2011, is to develop renewable energy projects in the KFL&A (Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington) and surrounding regions that bring benefits to our members and to our community. We promote the widespread understanding of the social, environmental, and economic benefits of community participation in regional renewable energy initiatives. We pursue partnership and cooperation with other community sector organizations as well as public bodies and the private sector. Late in 2012, the Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-operative, a locally based, community owned co-operative which helps fight climate change by developing and investing in community-based renewable energy projects, was incorporated.