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Common Treasury Farm

Last updated: March 2, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: November 2, 2012

Common Treasury Farm

(Alsea, Oregon, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1993
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.commontreasuryfarm.com
  • Contact Name: Angela and Garth Kahl
  • Phone: 541-486-4085
  • Community Address:
    14942 Lobster Valley Rd.
    Alsea, Oregon, 97324
    United States

Mission Statement:

Organic farming collective working and living together to produce a majority of our own food.

Community Description:

Common Treasury Farm is certified organic (since 1993) and located 27 miles from the Pacific Ocean nestled in a small valley. Our farm lies along a year-round creek and is mostly surrounded by National Forest. The farm is 1 hour drive to any size-able town (Corvallis). We raise sheep, milking goats, pigs, chickens and have a milking cow and team of oxen. The garden is an acre of assorted vegetable crops, an additional acre of blueberries, along with raspberries, strawberries and the wild blackberries. We grow our own fiber flax and process our sheep fleeces for spinning. We speak English and Spanish. We eat a wide assortment of food from vegetarian to dairy to farm raised meat. Accommodations include indoor private space, shared bathroom and kitchen, wood heat. Email for first contact and then we will schedule a follow up phone chat. No drop ins. We are not a large community and have very complicated schedules to juggle farm and off-farm income, so as much lead time as possible is best for planning a visit. We charge $40 per person/ per day for food and the time it takes for us to show you the land and spend several hours discussing the possibility of living together.

We are a working farm. Please be mindful of that and leave dogs at home during your visit. Please understand that as we grow most of our own milk, meat and veggies, there are times of the year when we may not have time to play host or show you around. Also, please do next expect to come here and “hang out” or be on vacation.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 17 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 5
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Please call ahead. We do not encourage drop-ins and the farm is difficult to find if you are not familiar with the area. We are on farm all year with the most activity between April through November.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Potential residents are required to visit for a month before we commit to having you move here. We require that people live here for a minimum of a year before before being considered to buy into the community.
  • Additional Comments: This is a working farm. We are looking for members that have homesteading and farming skills and can make a living in a very rural setting. Must be able to undertake physical work. Maybe a part time tele-commuting job? We can not and do not support community members through farming. There is some small income channels available from selling fresh farm products but these are small and inconsistent due to our location.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Residents make the long-term decisions

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $100
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: 10 hours per week is expected in any form of farm activities.

    After the initial one-year trial period, new members can buy a share in the farm, approximate buy in is 44,000 – 50,000 per person. Initial down payment is $10,000 for the first year and a payment plan will be negotiated with other property owners for the remainder.

    Farm maintenance fee is $100 per month. If living in community structures, additional rent is charged depending on the size of the room ($150-300). We also contribute $40/week per person to the food fund and buy and eat our communally. This aspect of the farm is non-negotiable since sharing food is our main premise. We do not have any work/trade arrangements available at this time.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We eat a vegetable heavy diet, interspersed with farm-raised meat in the winter and spring; eggs, raw goat’s milk and soft cheese.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are looking for more members that have specific skills to round out our community. Carpenters, experience in construction work, animal husbandry, irrigation systems, electrician, alternative energy (solar system installation).

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Keywords

organic, farm, sheep, goats, cows, pigs, chickens, fiber

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