Our Work

We're working on an inclusive, whole systems, collaborative, and entrepreneurial approach to rural community development that is rooted in equity, includes all sectors, and is led on the ground by the communities themselves. We believe that urban communities must view rural communities as partners and areas of opportunity and investment in tackling our most challenging problems of chronic poverty and income inequality, climate change, and ideological polarization.


  Our Community

  We're a worker and community directed non-profit organization.

Learn more about our team.


Spotlight 2016 Election

This recent election has exposed deep divisions in our country that are not going away easily. Perhaps the most stark division is geographic: urban and rural.

Read our perspective.

Our Mission

Regenerate the land, economy, and communities of the Cuyama Valley through equitable partnerships and share scalable models with other communities.

Hi Desert! Rural Tourism & Hospitality

Hi Desert! Rural Tourism & Hospitality

Cultural Exchange

Cultural Exchange

Made in Cuyama: Economic Revitalization

Made in Cuyama: Economic Revitalization

Rural Summit

Rural Summit

Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking

Cuyama Food Action

Cuyama Food Action

Our Supporters

Zannon Family Foundation

Dipao Foundation


Eric Junker Designs

Sustainable Law Group

Duncan Family Farms

Common Ground Landscape Architecture

E&B Resources



Our Partners

Americorps VISTA

Isla Vista Screen Printing

UC Santa Barbara

Cuyama Valley Community Association

Cuyama Valley Family Resource Center

Cuyama Joint Unified School District

Start Up Santa Barbara / Sandbox

Duncan Family Farms / Duncan University

Who We've Been Talking To

Santa Barbara Foundation

Fund for Santa Barbara

USC Roski School of Art & Design

Americorps CivicSpark

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Patagonia Provisions


Yeah! Photo Field Trip




 Support Us

We are working toward becoming a self-supporting non-profit but still rely on financial and in-kind support to get us there.

Learn more about how can support or mission and vision of financial, social and environmental equity and also earn a tax deduction.