Last updated: May 25, 2010 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: November 23, 2004

Alpha Farm

(Deadwood, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1972  Established: 1972
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.pioneer.net/~alpha/index.htm
  • Phone: 541-964-5102 Farm
  • Address:
    92819 Deadwood Creek Rd
    Deadwood, Oregon, 97430-9706
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    To schedule a visit, email alpha[at]pioneer.net or call 541-964-5102. In state visitors can stay for up to three days, out of state for up to five. Please schedule well in advance, space is limited and fills quickly. For this reason, we cannot accept walk-in visitors who have not made prior arrangements.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Community Description:

Alpha Farm is an extended-family-style community on 280 acres in the Coast Range of Oregon. Consensus, our decision-making process, is also a metaphor for the ideal world we seek to create here–and so help create in the larger world. We seek to honor and respect the spirit in all people and in nature; to nurture harmony within ourselves, among people, and with the Earth; and to integrate all of life into a balanced whole. We value service and work as love made visible. Group process is a strong point; we meet regularly for business.
Founded in 1972, we average fifteen to twenty five adults and three to six children. New people participate in an internship of three or six months followed by a year as residents (trial members) before becoming eligible for membership. Please contact us in regards to internship availability. Members and residents work primarily on the farm or in a community owned business (a cafe-bookstore-gift shop, farmers’ markets, contract mail delivery, and a consensus and facilitation training/consulting practice) or occasionally in paid work off the farm. All income and resources are held in common. We are experimenting with different housing patterns, particularly for families; individuals have private rooms, while other living space is common; evening meals are communal.
We are open to new residents; visitors are welcome for a three-day initial visit. Please call well ahead to arrange dates.

Population

  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 25
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: home schooling also an option

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 280 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 4

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: as provisional member; as full member – all assets up to $5000

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: We cook for many dietary needs/food allergies and offer vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options at all community meals.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.