ALL ARE WELCOME TO VISIT OUR 15 ACRES IN VENTURA COUNTY, CA TO SEE OUR FABRICATION LAB, PERMACULTURE FARM, AND WALK THROUGH DEEP SPACE AND TIME.
At Leap Lab Farm, we practice our three pillars, RESTORE THE BIOSPHERE, DESIGN THE FUTURE, and ELEVATE ALL PEOPLE through permaculture farming practices, a fabrication lab where we design exhibits and a retreat space where community members can contribute time to grow food for others.
RESTORE THE BIOSPHERE
We implement permaculture principles in our farming and land management, focusing on nutrient and water management, crop rotation, and pest control to optimize ecological and cultural benefits while reducing negative impacts. Moreover, 50% of our property remains untouched wilderness.
DESIGN THE FUTURE
MODEL SOLAR SYSTEM & TIMELINE OF NATURAL HISTORY
Schools can visit (by invitation only) to walk through time and space with our giant models of the solar system and natural history. Here time and scale are accessible through spatial intelligence, whereby you can take a walk through time and space.
In our dedicated lab, we specialize in 3D printing realistic dinosaur models and crafting engaging science exhibits. Our versatile machine shop is equipped to fabricate a wide range of custom projects, while our dedicated fossil preparation lab meticulously readies dinosaur bones for future exhibition and display.
ELEVATE ALL PEOPLE
In a permaculture farm, we integrate nature into farming. It can benefit from increased biodiversity and pollinators, water conservation by design, carbon capture in soils, and increased nutrients in food. We grow food to share.
We have built a 200ft diameter hexagon, which creates six separate garden plots for invited community farmers to utilize for local food pantries.
We are building geodesic domes as a trellis for vine crops like passion fruit.
Veterans are dispersed throughout our communities and represent an unrealized workforce for good. But no veteran returns from war unchanged, and the combat experience can inhibit veterans from reaching their potential. Therefore, we create opportunities for veterans to utilize Leap Lab Farm as a retreat, art space, skill development, and job placement.
ARTS AND VETS
We don’t let veterans' stories die inside of them. Whether it’s a film, written prose, sculpture, or painting, we know that art releases trauma, and retells stories until they lose power. Art opens the door for opportunities in STEAM education and employment.
INTUITION PAINTING (Link)
We work with Intuition Painting to engage veterans in the arts.
Intuition Painting is about painting successive layers of paint on top of earlier paintings. The veteran paints one layer, then goes deeper and paints another layer, then another, with greater revelation and expression along the way.
HOW WILL THE CREATIVE EXPERIENCE BENEFIT VETERANS?
Putting pen or paintbrush to paper with peers: Leap Lab Farm is staffed by veterans for veterans with ample opportunity to express ideas through multimedia.
Healing through storytelling: It has been repeatedly proven that the unburdening of personal stories told by veterans can be immeasurably therapeutic.
Job training and professional development: The skills developed from making art in graphic design or carpentry can prove to employers what the vet can do.
Peer-to-peer counseling: The risk of veterans' stories dying with them is markedly high, especially as their suicide rate is nearly double that of civilians in the US. Homelessness among veterans has risen during the pandemic, with 8-11% of the homeless population being veterans. Our mission is to share their stories, raise awareness, and drive resources to address these pressing issues.