Scholarship Fund for School of Wyld Roots

Hi, we are Terry Cryer and William Kosloski, owners of Twisted Roots Farm: Holistic Learning Cooperative. We have been living off-grid, building a permaculture farm for the last three and a half years on 74 acres of forest. We both have backgrounds in outdoor education and social work and are passionate about connecting people to the land and their food. We are at the very beginnings of creating a school, the School of Wyld Roots, and we need your help.

We are seeking donations to help set up a scholarship fund for students applying to the School of Wyld Roots program here at Twisted Roots Farm. The School is a hands-on experiential learning program where students learn about farming, nature-based dialogue, land stewardship and self discovery. It is a year-long immersion into the life of farming, off-grid living, and business development. Students gain many valuable skills and industry standard certifications with the opportunity to help co-create the foundational future of a Holistic Learning Cooperative here at Twisted Roots Farm.

Visit our website for more information on the program ~ School of Wyld Roots 

This is a very unique learning opportunity and these scholarships will help students who could not otherwise afford the tuition for the program.

The school also provides students with employable skills through training and certification courses. Students gain certifications in Permaculture Design, First Aid, Chainsaw Operation, Food Safety, and WHMIS. They will also gain skills in basic carpentry, construction, tool use, and other valuable skills.

We have been welcoming volunteers for three years now to the farm through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), and last year we ran our first apprenticeship program with two three-month long cohorts. With the apprenticeship program, participants gained many skills through hands-on learning. We also engaged apprentices in self-discovery through nature-based activities and interaction. Through our one-on-one mentoring style and mirroring of their personal stories, these young apprentices were able to successfully navigate their self discovery process in extremely powerful ways.

A blog one of our apprentices wrote stated:

“There are so many things I learned over the course of my three month apprenticeship, it would be impossible to list them all in one blog piece. But the most valuable part of this experience was undoubtedly my “tuning out” of the city, and my “tuning in” to nature. Without electronic distractions, internet, or even consistent cell reception, I was forced to slow down and reestablish my relationship with the living world around me.”

Visit Blog 

We feel so honored to be engaged in this work with all of these folks who find their way to the farm, and the experiences and reflections they have from their time here is truly inspiring, especially in a world where we are experiencing unprecedented destruction of natural communities.

These are the future earth writers, poets, designers, architects, and visionaries.

They have an enormous task ahead of them.

Students applying for the program who feel they need a scholarship will request it based on their financial need. We will then allocate funds as they apply to each student's individual situation. We hope to share their stories as the program unfolds as a way of expressing what these donations have meant for them to participate in this program.

Tuition for the program is $4000 CAD with only four seats available for the 2021/2022 season. Our hope is to raise $8000 so that half of the program fees can be funded to those in need of such assistance. This could make an incredible difference to a student who wants to have a career in farming but cannot afford this tuition. After completing the program, students also have the opportunity to stay on at the farm and become part of a working cooperative. With agricultural land prices soaring, this is an exciting opportunity for those wanting to be part of a localized food system and engaged in operating a business that will continue to support them into the future.

Our vision is to have the farm and school continue beyond our time.

The tuition fee helps to cover the external costs of certifications as well as the costs for our teaching, mentoring, curriculum development and food and lodging. The up-front tuition and help from the students that we receive in the spring also gives the farm a much needed boost to prepare for the growing season.   

We are so appreciative of any help we receive to make this program available to those in need. It is extremely important to have a diverse group of students, including those who are unable to pay the full tuition.  

Thank you in advance for all of your support, kindness, and belief in such a vision.

Wild Blessings,

William, Terry and all the creatures that call this place home!!

Donation Offerings
As an appreciation and thank you for your contributions to this project, we would like to offer a little something in return.   

$25 CAD
Every contribution counts! Donate $25 and receive a hand drawn thank-you note. Thank you!

$50 CAD
Donate $50 and receive two Twisted Roots Farm greeting cards.  Enjoy pictures of the farm and all the wonderful creatures that call this place home.

$100 CAD
Donate $100 and receive a 2021 Twisted Roots Farm calendar.

$500 CAD
Donate $500 and receive an original art piece from William Kosloski.

Most of these pieces are completed in black ink with acrylic on heavy stock paper and range in size up to 11" x 14".   William has been creating these pieces for a number of years now, inspired by the landscapes and wild areas that he has traveled and guided in over the years.  They have been gifted  to many over the years, and he feels that these pieces are a way to say "thank you" to support such an important program for those students who require financial assistance.

$1000 CAD
Donate $1000 and receive a future artisan wood product from Twisted Roots Farm.

We have a bandsaw mill at the farm and will be milling wood from on-site to create unique wood products for 2021.  Many of these wood products will be created with the students of the Wyld Roots Program, and as a thank you for this level of contribution,  we will ship out these yet to be seen wood creations made from the forest here at Twisted Roots Farm.


William Kosloski
Judique, NS

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