Organization Links

Rancho Mastatal has forged connections around the world with people and organizations that in some way speak to our core values.  This links section connects you to some of these folks.  As the number of our relationships has increased, we found the need to break down these pages in to these easier to navigate categories.  

This section represents all of the nonprofit organizations either connected to or closely aligned (value-wise) to Rancho Mastatal.

The Marion Institute is dedicated to identifying and promoting programs that seek to enhance life for the Earth and its inhabitants.

The Mastate Charitable Foundation - Promoting education, research, community development, natural building, sustainable living and conservation in rural Costa Rica.

Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Warren, Vermont offers over 150 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design.

Renewable Reality is a small organization managed by Ian Woofenden.  He has lived off-grid with wind electricity, solar electricity, solar hot water, and wood heat on an island in the Pacific Northwest for the last 30+ years, where he raised his large family, ran multiple businesses, and now focuses on educational work in the renewable energy industry. 

The Story of Stuff was created by Annie Leonard to leverage and extend the film’s impact. We amplify public discourse on a series of environmental, social and economic concerns and facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world. Our on-line community includes over 150,000 activists and we partner with hundreds of environmental and social justice organizations worldwide to create and distribute our films, curricula and other content.

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) employs and trains a diverse group of young women and men and completes conservation projects for the public benefit.

Project Bona Fide is a non-profit organization working toward sustaining culture through organic agriculture, community correlated outreach, and re-forestation projects in Nicaragua.

RSF Social Finance - What We Value - "Study the sociology of the present day and you will find: The social conflicts are largely due to the fact that, as economic systems expanded into world economy, it became more and more needful to be altruistic, to organize the various social institutions altruistically." -Rudolf Steiner, July 26, 1922

Open Source Ecology - A Network of Farmers, Engineers, and Supporters Building the Global Village Construction Set.  The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. 

The Lexicon of Sustainability -  For the past three years we have conversed with the foremost practitioners of sustainability in food and farming. They have shared their insights and experiences… and contributed their words to our rapidly growing Lexicon of Sustainability. To spread their knowledge our photography project has grown to include short films, study guides, traveling shows, a book and lastly a website where people can add their own terms to this ever-evolving lexicon.

Mad River Valley Localvore Project - Celebrating and supporting local food in the Mad River Valley - those who eat it and those who grow it - through education, community connections, and collective wisdom.

Democracy Now! is a daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, airing on over 800 stations, pioneering the largest community media collaboration in the U.S.

DiaperFreeBaby is a network of free support groups promoting a natural approach to responding to babies' elimination needs. This practice is followed worldwide and is known as Elimination Communication, Natural Infant Hygiene, and Infant Potty Training. The process involves observing one's baby's signs and signals, providing cue sounds and elimination-place associations, and can be done with or without any diaper use. 

Vandana Shiva is a world-famous and amazing activist fighting for farmers and safe food.

Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB-USA) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

Conservation International - For two decades, we have worked with our partners to protect life on Earth. We’ve saved some of the most critical sites – more than 200 million protected hectares on land and at sea. CI is chartered to help preserve the Earth’s natural heritage. 

Rainforest Action Network Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. 

Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests for the benefit of the global community. Their mission is to develop and promote economically viable and socially desirable alternatives to the destruction of this endangered, biologically diverse natural resource. They pursue this mission through education, research in the social and natural sciences, and the establishment of cooperative partnerships with businesses, governments, and local peoples. 

The Nature Conservancy
Since 1951, they’ve been working with communities, businesses and people to protect more than 100 million acres around the world. Their Mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

National Resource Defense Council - Each year the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) identifies 12 BioGems© — wild places throughout the Americas in urgent need of defense.

Kiva is a nonprofit organization that lets you lend to entrepreneurs in the developing world, empowering them to lift themselves out of poverty.

The Rainforest Site - information on how you can help in saving this disappearing resource. 

Environmental Defense is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 300,000 members. Since 1967, they have linked science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost-effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems. 

Earth Share, a federation of America's leading nonprofit environmental and conservation organizations, works to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. Earth Share is an opportunity, a system, and an answer for environmentally conscious employees and workplaces to support dozens of environmental groups at once through a charitable giving drive. 

Ecology Fund - help protect the environment.