Our Equity Statement
Shelburne Farms is an education nonprofit on a mission to inspire and cultivate learning for a sustainable future. Our home campus is located on the unceded, traditional, and contemporary homelands of the Winooskik band of the Abenaki.
Shelburne Farms recognizes that justice, equity, and access are central to sustainability. We are committed to translating these values into action across the organization by improving equitable outcomes in our culture, programs, and services. Shelburne Farms is working to create experiences of belonging for all, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, and people of all economic realities.
Shelburne Farms acknowledges that our buildings and landscape reflect a complex legacy of racial and economic privilege. The systems of advantage that supported the creation of the agricultural estate in the 1880s continue to this day. We believe that our work calls us to share a more complete story of this place, and to use our resources in service of justice and equity at Shelburne Farms and beyond.
“Sustainability is another word for justice — for what is just is sustainable, and what is unjust is not.”
— Matthew Fox. Quote painted on the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes in Burlington, VT, one of our partner schools.