Driven by our mission to hold Sacred Earth Foundation land in trust and steward with reverence, Ekone Ranch is always working to reduce our footprint on the land and in the world.
Energy: Ekone Ranch is an off-the-grid facility powered by solar energy and biodiesel, with an emphasis on conservation. A recent energy audit shows that the entire off-grid facility uses less power than the average American home–despite a large number of guests year-round!
Water: Delicious Ekone water comes from our own well, and Ekone residents use a variety of water conservation in homes, gardens and landscapes. Residents and guests are careful about using only natural, biodegradable products on the property.
Ecological Land Management: Sacred Earth Foundation’s 1,060 acres are managed to provide diverse habitats for native wildlife. Some forest plots are thinned and limbed to facilitate healthy forest growth and fire protection, while other sites are left as dense wildlife corridors.
Waste: Ekone is dedicated to reducing consumption and finding alternative uses for our waste, recycling and land-filling materials as a last resort. Aspiring to one day operate as a zero-waste facility, Ekone residents and friends are working to eliminate the waste of commonly discarded materials on the ranch by finding creative and functional solutions that also serve to educate guests about appropriate waste management. Some current experiments include weaving hammocks and floor mats with plastic bailing twine, plastic bags and animal feed bags; making furniture, lamps and building materials with plastic containers and bottles. All summer camp art and craft projects incorporate reused materials, promoting new experimentation with discards and social/ecological/economic awareness about waste management around the world.
Farming and Food: Ekone’s beautiful and productive garden provides food for residents and programs year round, as do our happy free-range chickens. Medicinal herbs are also abundant on the property, providing us with wild-crafted and organic stock for our salves and tinctures. All food waste is fed to the chickens, pigs, or compost piles.
Animal Husbandry: Ekone’s animals are treated with natural remedies and local herbs whenever possible, and are fed with available local and/or organic feed. Ekone’s horses are trained with an emphasis on respectful partnership over ownership.
Community Development. One of the greatest challenges for rural communities like Ekone is the development of lasting, mutually respectful relationships between all of its members. Committed to honest, open and non-violent communication, continuous personal work and collective decision-making, Ekone residents works hard to experiment with and improve upon strategies for successful community relationships. Our common vision of gentle earth stewardship and sustainable education supports this process.