Should we make our future educational organic farm a non-profit?
October 30, 2009 5:11 AM Subscribe
Should we make our future educational organic farm a non-profit? If so, how?
posted by bengarland to law & government (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I inherited some old family land out in the country (about 50 acres), and my partner and I are planning to build a rammed earth passive solar house and organic permaculture farm there. Since it is in rural north Georgia, it will be one of the first (if not THE first) of its kind. For instance, we already found out that we'd be the first to hook up solar panels to the power grid in the tri-county area that the local EMC serves.
We want it to be an educational "living lab" that 4-H, FFA, Scouts, students, and other groups can visit and learn from. We also plan to have workshops on permaculture, natural building, organic gardening, etc. There are two high schools within 10 miles, the University of Georgia is 40 miles, and Atlanta is 80 miles, so we think this is a definite possibility.
Our goal is to have it be an educational outreach for the community, where people can come learn practical skills and knowledge to better themselves and the planet. We think this is especially important in rural Georgia, where (it seems from my growing up there) people aren't often challenged (or given the opportunity) to seek alternatives.
I've heard of other educational farms incorporating themselves as 501(c)(3) non-profits. My questions are:
1) Judging from the goals I outlined above, is this a good idea? (If not, why not?)
2) Can it be done for an entity that is still in the planning stages?
3) What is the best website or other guide that details the process?