How you can support BLI
The heart of BLI is the Caretaker program, an intensive two-year residential program where students, called Caretakers, train in farming, agroforestry, agro-business, and personal formation. While the three branches of BLI, Mary's Farm, Martha's Market, and Lazarus' Forest, are open to visitors, they are also the Caretaker's training arenas.
Caretakers learn by doing. With just a few hours a week in the classroom, the bulk of training happens in the field. In the first year, the Caretakers work in Mary’s Farm, our demonstration farm; in the second year they design, create, and tend their own individual farming plots. This hands on approach leads to questions, problem solving, and discoveries that couldn’t happen in the classroom alone.
Caretakers must contribute a portion of their tuition to be admitted to BLI. When they market their goods, any proceeds they make can go toward their tuition. However, this is just a small portion of the costs to operate the institute.
Therefore, many of our supporters donate to our Scholarship Fund to make up the difference.
A one-year scholarship is $2400.
A full two-year scholarship is $4800.
You may donate online, or contact us to discuss ways in which you can sponsor a Caretaker, either with a full or partial scholarship.
Your Caretaker will be introduced to you, and will communicate with you via updates on what she/he has learned and practiced on campus.
Scholarship Giving Circles
Another option is to join a Scholarship Giving Circle. This is a way for groups to pool funds to support a Caretaker. These groups may include friends, family members, church, alumni or social groups. Follow the link below for a short video on how to form a Giving Circle. We would be happy to speak with you about presenting this or other options to your group.
St. Francis House
St. Francis House will be the guesthouse on campus, nestled in the virgin forest. We envision visitors to BLI who will come to learn about the BLI programs - those who want to replicate our programs, researchers, university students, and our supporters.
St. Francis House is part of the Martha's Market curriculum, whereby our Caretakers will take a rotation learning hospitality management and finance skills. Fees will be charged to our guests, providing a source of income to BLI,
Our goal is to complete St. Francis House in 2021. We have a matching gift campaign in progress, and any gift is appreciated. Please contact us with any questions or to discuss our campaign. You may also make a donation online.