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Our mission is to educate
a generation of ecologically literate
good citizens who can meet the
challenges of our modern world.
We are a ranch that teaches classes about creating an ecology that results
in clean food, air and water.
Our students learn from gardening and homesteading skills how to create the environment we desire in the future.

Our Story 

"The essence of education is not to stuff you with facts

but to help you discover your uniqueness, to teach you how to develop it."

-Loe Buscaglia

I, William DeMille, started the Georgic Revolution. The word Georgic comes from the Roman poet Virgil. It means to work the earth or to be involved in farming. There is a tradition of literature dating back to the ancient Greeks and the writer Hesiod with the first writings of the Georgic tradition. Georgics mean to interact with the earth to produce the food, water, and other goods we need to build a civilization. This tradition points out that people who are disciplined in agriculture  also become disciplined as good citizens of their communities. I agree with Richard Louv, author of Vitamin N, that In our modern times more people could have a richer life experience if they interacted more with nature. Farming, gardening, hiking, playing in nature is a revolutionary act of defiance against the sedentary lifestyle, and I endorse it and embrace it. If we are going to revolt against something in our world, let us go outside and eat food we grew in our own yard.

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Meet The Georgic Schoolroom Team 

At The Georgic Revolution, we believe that tomorrow's agriculture starts today. Our regenerative farming practices focus on holistic management, working with nature to secure a future for us and our children. We use end-in-mind strategies to create a sustainable and resilient farm that nourishes the land and our community.

We are committed to supporting you as you grow food that is not only healthy and nutritious, but also produced in a way that supports the environment and the local economy. We believe that scalable, holistic agriculture is the key to a sustainable future, and we are dedicated to sharing our knowledge and expertise with others.

What is Ecological Literacy?

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"To be literate is to read and comprehend practical useful information. Ecology is our environment we live in and all the interactions from all things and how they work together. 

To be ecologically literate is to have the ability to go into nature and know what the environment needs from us. Ecological literacy is not a political statement. It is not an agenda. It is not a fad. Ecological literacy is comprehending what we need to do because we read the landscape. When we walk out into nature we can read if the water cycle is working, if the mineral cycle is working, if the energy flow cycle is working and if the community dynamics is working. If the answer is yes we know how to maintain it. If the answer is no, we know how to fix it." 

~William DeMille 

What is Georgics? 

"For the Western world, the foundation of critical thinking was conceived during a time when farming was king. It was known to the ancients as georgics. Georgics, more commonly known since the 1800s as the philosophy of agrarianism, is a term that describes a culture of independent farming that engenders the qualities of duty, order, frugality, and self-control. These farming-oriented values and ethics are the same ones that create and sustain a liberal arts system of education and a political order in which citizens govern rather than being ruled by the so-called 1%ers.

The word “georgic” or “georgics” is derived from both Latin and Greek, and literally means to work the land or to engage in agricultural efforts. When I say that in the 21st century, people generally think I am suggesting that everyone should engage the profession of farming, but that is not what I am saying. I mean to say that even while a person may be a doctor, a lawyer, a bricklayer, or a salesman; we should all still engage in farming to produce food and creating a rural lifestyle.

Georgics as a concept has a strong 2,700-year history. It begins with Hesiod around 700 BC. The Roman historian Virgil picked up the torch in his poetic writings actually called “The Georgics” in 35 BC. Hilaire Belloc illuminated economic medieval history in his work The Servile State, which outlines the evolution of the term “yeoman” from servant of the king to free landholder and independent farmer from 500 to 1400 AD. Georgics as an Anglo New World concept and practice, started in 1607 with Jamestown as agriculture and georgics became the primary means of livelihood and way of thinking for the American


colonists. By the late 17th century John Locke introduced his georgic concepts of private land ownership with “Two Treatises on Government,” followed by the mid to late 18th century economic theories of the Physiocrats in Europe, which supported the growth and development of agriculture as the true means of national wealth. Early 20th century Austrian philosopher, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of the Waldorf Schools, developed the georgic concept of biodynamics in the 1920s, which was then introduced to American farmers in the 1930s, followed by the georgic concepts of permaculture presented by Bill Mollison in 1978 (chapter four covers both biodynamics and permaculture in depth).

The term georgics was adopted by the early Americans to describe a quality they not only very much admired, but one that they were determined to inculcate into the new American culture and that they were convinced would create a great land of liberty."

-Dr. Shanon Brooks,

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