Last updated: July 6, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: August 26, 2008

Juniper Hill Farm

(Amherst, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2000  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Phone: 413-259 1730
  • Address:
    Schoolhouse Rd
    Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email us a detailed description of yourself and your situation. We will email or call you back and set up a time to visit. Looking forward to meeting.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    exploring members can rent a room or an apartment to get a feel for what it is like living here.

Mission Statement:

org farm goats chickens garden

Community Description:

We are an extended family homestead on 9 acres in Western Massachusetts. Juniper Hill has meadows, forest, flowers, herb, kitchen gardens, goats and chickens, fruit trees, mountain views, good folks into peaceful green living, and conscious communication.

We are nestled in the Pelham Hills of the Pioneer Valley, an internationally recognized hub of progressive universities, colleges, community and agricultural organizations. We are within walking distance of Sirius Eco-Village and live in a wonderful hillside of neighborhoods called Hearthstone Village.

We are farmer/artists, 1 dog, 2 cats and 4-7 exploring members, interested in sustainable living, taking care of our beloved dairy goats and flock of chickens, edible and medicinal landscaping, creating a botanical sanctuary, land-based businesses, edible mushroom production, Permaculture, and appropriate technology systems.
Our wonderful intern will be taking beekeeping this winter and we will begin to keep bees in the Spring.
We cook and eat in our large country kitchen with views of the farm and Berkshire Mountains, or outside in a beautiful yard with fruit trees and gardens. Both vegetarian and omnivores are welcome. Rooms are available in the farmhouse and apartment. Most of our meals are seasonal, local and organic. We are lucky to have two gourmet cooks, and food is spectacular here!

We are looking for people who are good communicators, emotionally and financially balanced, and free from major addictions like alcohol, etc. We particularly want Carpenters, Farmers, and Permaculture enthusiasts. We’re building an addition to the barn to make herbal teas, tinctures and house an art studio.
Our main directions on the farm include humane livestock keeping, animal husbandry, keeping chickens and selling organic eggs, making cheese, keifer, rustic arbors and sculptures, yogurt and homesteading in general. We get along best with people who have a deep commitment to personal and spiritual growth and co-creating peace in our communities and the larger world.

Practicing consicous communication, loving kindness, empathy, and humor with rewarding hard work inspires our daily process of living together. We all need our space, too, and there are several options and ways of creating what we need individually.
Send us a detailed description of yourself and what sparked your interest in our farm. Juniperhillhomestead@gmail.com

Population

  • Adult Members: 7
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: some of us like to go to circle dances, dance spree, kirtan, yoga,etc. unity church, Sirius community events,

    All

Social Factors

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Owner who runs the farm has financial say. Investing in the farm by other members is encouraged and leads to more shared decision making.

    Yes. The longer and more invested people are the more input they have in decision making.

    We practise conscious communication and find that listening/sharing our hopes, feelings and goals informs the decision making process.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 9.4 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: Some open meadows, gardens, trail, woods, stream, bog

    Family who built the house 15 years ago owns the house and land. Thinking of non-profit, land trust

    Large sunny contemporary farmhouse, trailor

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Members are encouraged to be fully involved with the goat herd and chicken care. People eager to explore the joys of having your own dairy and eggs are most welcome.

    If you can pay and work as everyone else does.

    If a community member wants a share in the gardens, organic eggs, etc then yes. Everyone helps with cleaning the house, taking care of the chickens, goats, gardening etc.

    $25

    If you want a share in a new business here yes.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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 seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: developing more gardens, greenhouses, etc each year

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Community Affiliations

Sirius Community

Fair Housing Laws

Our community fits the legal definition of “housing for older persons” meaning housing occupied solely by persons 62 years of age or older; or housing in which 80% of the occupied units have at least one person 55 years of age or older, and which meet certain other requirements. Thus we may restrict membership/residency to those of a certain age and may have limits on child membership/residency in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, nationality, religion, sex/gender, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, source of income, creed, appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse., Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.

Keywords

permaculture, goats, New England, North East, farm, spiritual,

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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.
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