Hello & Welcome to
The Mavis Institute

Our Mission Statement

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Our Mission is to encourage local food production and ecological awareness through hands-on permaculture and homesteading education.

We are the crossroads between Nature and Technology.


Learn all about backyard bees.

Animal Husbandry

Learn how to raise and breed healthly, happy animals.


Learn all about Permaculture

Ecoscape Design

Reshape the planet.

Sustainable Building

Historical Restoration, Upcycle Building and Natural Local Material.


Rural, Urban, Large plots to small pots.

Water Security

Rain Water Capturing, Water Filtration, Swales and Ponds


Vermicomposting Toliets

Our Workshops

Want to see more works?

We are always working on interesting projects.

Little about us

The Mavis Institute Co-Op is a year-round non-profit farm, permaculture lab/ education center; located in a small hamlet of Flat Top on the grounds of Mavis Manor/ Mavis Farmacy in Mercer County WV.

We believe quality education is key in creating a sustainable future. Our permaculture training and the shared resources (which include access to land), will help provide the opportunities to reshape communities.

Our programs give folks access to the skill sets of growing their own food, taking steps towards having self-reliance or perhaps starting their own farm-based businesses. We offer hands-on apprenticeship/ mentorship, workshops, and other outreach programs.

Together, we can be the change we wish to see in the world

Please Consider a Donation

With your help we can continue to be the change we want to see.


Meet Our Team

Diverse team of folks ready to improve the world
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Hello Friends

Only by seeing someone in the darkness may you ever truly understand their Illusions.-ff

Justyn J Marchese
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LJ Furman
Animal Husbundry
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Kristy Doering
Director of Environmental Geography
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Beth Kuemerle
Director of Programming
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Hi all

All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses, And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier.

Tele Gallanger
Board Member
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Mary Shankel
PR Specialist
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Shawn Lackey
Marketing and Logistics Specialist
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John W Marchese
Maintenance Task Analyst
  • It's in our GARDENS, where we begin to understand NATURE.
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. Sail away from the safe harbor. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    Mark Twain
  • "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.
    Greek proverb

Our Podcasts

Morning Mountain Podcast Series. It's a little mix of Permaculture, Wisdom, and Us just thinking about the world.

What is the Mavis Institute?

Who we are and what we do. My vision for the future.

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EP19: Preparedness Honest Conversation

Preparedness, there is also more we can do.

EP16: Heroes. (In Memory of Dr Mecca)

The people that help shape our lives.

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Contact The Mavis Institute

Learning Center and Permaculture Farm Lab Office
122 Grayson-Raleigh-Wythe Historic Turnpike,
Flat Top, WV 25841

Mail: PO Box 13
Flat Top, WV 25841

Phone: +1 304 410 0037

Fax: +1 304 410 0037


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