EcoFarm Community

Last updated: January 25, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

EcoFarm Community

(Plant City, Florida, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jon or Debbie Butts
  • Phone: 813-754-7374
  • Address:
    4321 Needle Palm Rd
    Plant City, Florida, 33565-5166
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Visit our website and call or email us to begin a dialogue.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Sustainable farm community

Community Description:

Our is focus is on sustainable living, farming, alternative energies (solar), permaculture, environmental issues, social justice, and pastured based farming. Community products include organic vegetables and eggs, ornamental trees, cane syrup, Water Buffalo dairy and native plants. We also have mechanic and wood-working shops. Community outreach activities include a sustainable living program (, farmers’ markets, and support of global community efforts. Carpentry, mechanic, or agricultural experience is a plus. Upcoming projects: finishing the dairy, woodgas, electric tractor, etc.

The mission at EcoFarm is to form a sustainable, eco-friendly, people-friendly, farm-based intentional community that provides for all the needs of community members. Members are community-minded. They are focused on maintaining the well-being of the community and striving towards increasing sustainability. Meaningful work, a social environment, and community activities cultivate an atmosphere of common purpose and shared experiences. Prospective members need no money to join, only should be free of debt and to have a willingness to put the community first. Visitations are by appointment.

We believe the world is at a critical-decision crossroads. The survival of our planet, indeed the human race, is at stake. Science has confirmed what we are witnessing first-hand; global warming, resource depletion, escalating population growth, mass extinctions, and other worldwide events demand that we adopt a more sustainable lifes. Our personal decisions in daily living are the key to changing this destructive course. We strive to help others in finding more sustainable solutions for everyday living through education and demonstration of subjects as native and edible landscaping, reuse, recycling, conservation, and more. Living in the Sunshine State, we place a strong emphasis on solar projects, such as solar heating, cooking, and electricity.

August of last year our only community members moved on, one we knew was leaving and the other unexpectedly. Then our son found another job leaving my wife and me to keep up the farm. We’re in our 60tys so the last part of 2012 may have been the hardest in our lives. This year we’ve been blessed with some great new faces and we may not know the future but really are enjoying the present! Peace!


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


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

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 55 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: Includes wetland, and pond areas

    Hoping to form land trust

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: No debt highly preferred

    Community tasks divided between members.



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: Lunch and dinner together

    Highest percentage of food grown in winter

    Flexible sustainable food

    No problematic drinking

    Founders strongly against this!!


Additional Comments

Highly populated county

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


Tampa , WAPF, NVC

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge