About the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center
Our Mission"To provide an inspirational place for people to connect with each other and the land."
This mission is fulfilled through three main avenues:
We’ve shared the Wagbo mission with visitors coming anywhere from East Jordan to California, from inner city Grand Rapids to the Netherlands.
We hope you will join us too!
A Bit of History
In 1887, Jacob and Bertha Wagbo
(pictured here) emigrated from Norway and soon after homesteaded 212 acres near the
Jordan River. Raising their three daughters- Ann, Olga, and Martha- they farmed with horses and
held great respect for the land, education and peace. Their daughter,
Martha Wagbo (1902-1992) bequeathed the family estate in trust to be
used as a place of education and calm reflection on issues of peace,
justice, nonviolent conflict resolution, and responsible care of the
environment. Development toward that goal began in 1992. Incorporated as
a nonprofit organization in 1995, the center is governed by a volunteer
Board of Directors. Martha’s wishes live on through the generous
efforts and donations of
members, volunteers and contributors.
During the summer of 2008, the Wagbo Board of Directors invited community members to a meeting with the purpose of revisioning Wagbo's future. As a result of that meeting, the name of the center was changed from the Wagbo Peace Center to the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center. Furthermore, the center's mission became "to provide an inspirational place to connect people with each other and the land." The revisioning session also reaffirmed Wagbo's guiding values, including acceptance, simplicity, honesty, self-responsibility, cooperation, sustainability, and stewardship. Goals were set to engage the local community, to advocate a peaceful style of living, to promote agriculture on our premises and in our area, and to become a model of sustainability. Since then, we've come a long way in achieving those goals. We hope you will join us in making this vision a reality!