Stewarding Life's Essentials, Nurturing Life's Potential


Hawthorne Valley Association (HVA) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization promoting social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture and the arts and is committed to environmentally sound land management as the basis for sustainable economic success. By exploring the dynamic relationships among education, agriculture, the arts, economics, and science, Hawthorne Valley hopes to foster sustainable forms of human endeavor that enhance the quality of life for ourselves and for future generations.

Through the production of food, the integration of people and landscape, sensitive land stewardship, the education of children and adults, the offering of cultural enrichment, and scientific inquiry, Hawthorne Valley Association advances its mission while providing a healthy social environment for those individuals who work, live and visit here.


Hawthorne Valley Association works alongside many other organizations, institutions, and individuals toward incubating a cultural renaissance that has as its hallmarks basic human rights, cultural freedom, and economic justice. Hawthorne Valley Association recognizes that the dehumanizing aspects of an imbalanced, overly materialistic, mechanistic, highly technological age driven by unsustainable consumption strain the social, environmental, and economic fabric of modern society. Hawthorne Valley Association is committed to discovering new ways of working out of a deep respect for all living beings as the basis for overcoming the challenges that we collectively face and meeting the evident needs of our times.

What we are founding here is a seed — the seed of a living organism. The organism is essentially threefold — pedagogical, artistic, and agricultural — as reflections of thought, feeling and will. Each needs the others if the whole is to flourish. All are interrelated … for young and old alike, this work together will create a place in which to become, in a true sense, a full human being.

Karl Ege, Co-founder, Hawthorne Valley Association


Hawthorne Valley Association is committed to:

  • Basic Human Rights
  • Cultural Freedom
  • Economic Justice
  • Sensitive Land Stewardship
  • Healthy Food Production
  • Excellence and Balance in Education
  • Diversity
  • Tolerance
  • Collaboration