Juniper Hill Farm

Last updated: July 6, 2013 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: August 26, 2008

Juniper Hill Farm

(Amherst, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Phone: 413-259 1730
  • Address:
    Schoolhouse Rd
    Amherst, Massachusetts, 01002
    United States

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. [email protected]


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)


  • Area: 9.4 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • 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


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: 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.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: exploring members can rent a room or an apartment to get a feel for what it is like living here.
  • Additional Comments: some of us like to go to circle dances, dance spree, kirtan, yoga,etc. unity church, Sirius community events,



  • Decision Making: By a board, 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.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • 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.


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

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: developing more gardens, greenhouses, etc each year

Additional Comments

near 5 college area in Western/Central Mass.

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Community Affiliations

Sirius Community


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

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.