In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc). 

Camp Elk Run Farm is situated on 14 acres of previously dry and barren fields in the rolling hills and grasslands of Longmont, Colorado. This region was once inhabited by native peoples of the Ute, Cheyenne-Arapahoe, Comanche, Apache, Hopi, Dine, and others tribes, for thousands of years. Then, settlers from other continents arrived in the 1800s, establishing towns, farms, and cities throughout Colorado. Many of the new agricultural practices were unsustainable and quickly degraded the once fertile grasslands.

When the land was taken over in 2015 by Elk Run Farm’s parent group, Drylands Agroecolgy Research (D.A.R), the land’s topsoil had been visibly degraded, and little to no biodiversity remained. The overgrazing of ruminants, non-sustainable land management, extractive productions, and dry/arid/drought conditions was to blame. The Elk Run Farm initiative was birthed from the desire to teach and demonstrate the importance of landscape restoration, the potency of Drylands Agroecology, regenerative design, and homesteading. Together, in cooperation with other partnerships and local farm initiatives, Camp Elk Run Farm aims to restore over 1000 hectares of land and restore it with the teeming biodiversity and spirit that it once held hundreds of years ago.

Who is needed at Camp Elk Run Farm

Skilled workshop leaders, hard skill contribution volunteers for labor, planting, tractor driving, etc. Also, volunteers with marketing, fundraising, and community engagement skills are needed. Please let us know any other ways you would like to get involved!

What to expect at camp

A warm welcome, service-based leadership, gentle, confident guidance and ample community connections. You can also join us for simple day time classes, plant walks, workshop intensives, Permaculture Design courses, farm to table dinners, and celebrations with live music.

Achievements to date

Coming Soon!

Vision and socio-economic context

Camp Elk Run Farm is the pilot research project for their non-profit organisation, Drylands Agroecology Research. Their core belief is that this project will allow many local farms and community members to come together and effectively learn and practice regenerative design, installation, and socially/environmentally responsible land stewardship. Together as a team, Camp Elk Run Farm is striving to show the importance of creating true connections to the land through regeneration and environmental justice work. 

Long-term, Camp Elk Run Farm envisions a massively-scaled up network of farms, public lands, private properties, and indigenous lands interconnected in a restoration and stewardship culture, with 1,000s of regenerative economic livelihoods supported by super-abundant mixed agricultural and social enterprise ecosystems. 

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Organising Partners

Facilities

Indoor/outdoor kitchen
Three-season outdoor gathering spaces
Advanced sanitation
Basic camping
Medical facilities nearby

 

Restoration Activities

Water retention
Tree Planting
Bioremediation
Compost making
Community building
Fire prevention
Restoration of livelihoods
Soil restoration
Erosion prevention
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Restoration Holidays
Natural Building

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How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Elk Run Farm

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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