Linda and Gene are the most honest people I've ever meet. It's a fabulous non profit organization, Help the community in so many ways. Bitter daughter in law! Shame on me!!
Gene Farley had a vision to transform his home to a Peace, Social Justice and Sustainability center. That was over five years ago and since then, under the leadership of visionary and hard working directors, staff and farmers, the center has become a wellspring of inspired and inspiring projects, bridges from the challenges of today to a better tomorrow. Whatever your interest and passion for peace, social justice and sustainability you will find here both friends, colleagues and home. Thanks to Gene and Linda for this great community asset!
With a seemingly unrelated group of activities focused on the broad subjects of peace, justice and sustainability the Farley Center is an amazingly cohesive organization creating real impact both in their community and across the nation. Providing training and organic farmland to immigrant farmers, a natural cemetary using no chemicals in a protected native habitat and implementing a number of outreach programs focused on progressive issues and the betterment of life on this planet, the Farley Center deserves to be recognized for its work.
Amazing place, amazing people. The Farley Center is a place where the ideals of peace, justice and sustainability take root.
The Farley Center is a broad ranging organization that aims to do good in the world, one community at a time. Just look at its full name! The amazing thing is that, five years after nonprofit incorporation, it is truly doing just that! The Center continues to sponsor farmers, many of them recent immigrants to the United States, lending them rich land to grow crops while they learn the kind of marketing that needs to be done to sustain a local organic farm. Next, the Center has been fostering bonds between peace and justice organizations by providing them social connections with one another in its homelike meeting facility. Add to this the use of part of its rural Wisconsin land for a natural cemetery, and you can see that it really is working to complete its mission for the sustainable "cycle of life." And all with honest fiscal responsibility for the grants and donations that support its growth. I am now a proud Farley Center Board member!
The Farley Center is a great companion to the Natural Path Sanctuary. We have compatible goals and mutual admiration. We are all only temporarily not soil, so it is a great thing that people can work hard for peace, justice, and sustainability while they're on this earth and then bring nutrients and life to the organisms that remain when they're in this earth.
A program that I help coordinate, Badger Volunteers, is a grateful partner of the Farley Center. Badger Volunteers is a non-credit program at UW-Madison where students sign up to volunteer weekly on a team at the same nonprofit of the whole semester. The folks at the Farley Center ensure an extremely positive experience for our volunteers, making sure to communicate well with them, have a variety of tasks, and invest in their learning. The Farley Center helps our UW-Madison students value life-long civic engagement through the lens of peace, justice, and sustainability.
I have been a volunteer for the Linda and Gene Farley Center since 2010, as a Board Member. It has given me a tremendous amount of satisfaction to be a part of this organization. We've had our share of growing pains over the last six years, but I knew we could overcome any challenge!
The Farley Center is doing incredible work with the local community through its farm incubator, retreat center, and natural burial ground! I'm proud to work with this organization.
I have been on the board pf this orgainization for the past five years. It has helped train organic farmers most of whom are immigrants or people of color . The training includes farming methods, marketing strategies, and outreach to help farmers find lend to rent lease or own in the Dane County area. The center also operates one the only two green cemeteries in the state called the Natural Path Sanctuary. We are burying people there who want to help conserve the land by becoming the earth that feeds the forested hillside that slope up from the organic farming fields. The center also provides a meeting space for Peace and Social Justice groups to meet and plan activities. We are partnering wth groups to promote peace, cross cultural , arts and welcoming activities for immigrants. We are located on land just West of Madison, WI that belonged to Gene and Linda Farley , two public Heath doctors who dedicated their lives to peace and Social Justice activities and especially to pushing for a single payer health system. It is an organization worthy of support.
Very innovative organization with three functions: a peace and justice think tank, a small farm incubator for immigrant farmers, and a natural burial cemetery to fund it all. They see their function as facilitator not competitor. Great place!
For the past four years, I have sent university student volunteers to the Farley Center. I cannot say enough not positive things about this experience. Not only have they engaged the students in meaningful work relative to fulfilling their mission, but they also largely invest in our students' learning and growth to cultivate their civic and community identities. They make the students feel like a part of the organization, and help them understand why the work is important. For this reason, many students choose to return to the Farley Center semester after semester. Every staff member I have encountered is enthusiastic and passionate about the organization, and introducing others to the work as well!
The Farley Center also has established effective and important programming, yet, they are nimble, out of the box thinkers who continually consider new opportunities and ideas to fulfill their mission. They continually seek ways to support their partners and deepen partnerships. I am so grateful for them, the work they do in our community, and the support they provide for our students.
The Linda and Gene Farley Center for Peace Justice and Sustainability supports a vast number of causes all aimed at social justice and/or world peace and/or building a sustainable community and planet. The Natural Path Sanctuary is a natural place of beauty, and a welcome alternative to traditional burial grounds, providing a local sustainable final resting place for loved ones. The farmland and programs it supports along with the multiple community events and actions promoted by the Center make this an incredible and unique nonprofit, a gem in our community .