The Good Shepherd Institute
Can a building preserve biodiversity and fight factory farming?
Frank Reese, a fourth generation poultry farmer, has dedicated his life to single-handedly caring for the oldest continuous bred flock of heritage turkeys in America on his 160-acre farmstead in Lindsborg, Kansas. His dedication to preserving genetic biodiversity in our food system and his expertise in poultry husbandry has been recognized by high profile media including National Geographic, Vogue, Saveur, and the New York Times. Frank’s legacy and institutional knowledge is entirely unique, and is increasingly threatened by corporate factory farming. Thus, in partnership with MASS, he is starting the Good Shepherd Institute, an educational hub for breeding poultry, training farmers, chefs, and students, partnering with institutions, and engaging the public, to ensure that his vital knowledge is not lost.
This mission of the Institute is to preserve and protect biodiversity through a unique model of agricultural education, ecological resilience, and food system innovation. Facilitated teaching opportunities will engage an interdisciplinary group of farmers, community groups, agricultural advocacy organizations, universities, government agencies, thought-leaders, chefs, and students through activities and immersion opportunities on site. Furthermore, the Institute will participate in the active rebuilding of rural infrastructure that has been damaged by industrial-scale agribusiness and that is necessary for the redevelopment of regional economies, food systems, and communities.
In order to operate as a hub of agricultural education and advocacy, the Institute will include an archive/library, a visitor center, agricultural experiment station/classrooms, a teaching kitchen/restaurant, dorms, instruction space, and diverse agroecology site-wide.
Be an early supporter of the Good Shepherd Institute
MASS Design Group and Frank Reese are early in the process of designing, programming, and building the Good Shepherd Institute. Your support is crucial to the continued development of the project from design and construction to its future operations.
Support us today with a tax-deductible donation that will go straight to MASS Design Group and be used exclusively for the realization of this urgent project.