Katywil Farm Community

Last updated: December 10, 2014 (11 months ago)

Listing created on: October 13, 2006

Katywil Farm Community

(Colrain, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Bill Cole
  • Phone: 413-624-5599
  • Address:
    43 Stetson Brothers Rd
    Colrain, Massachusetts, 01340
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Call or email Bill Cole at 413-624-5599 or or

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Visit as much as possible, attend work parties, meetings, potlucks. Have a vision of your life in 5 years.

Mission Statement:

Care for each other, surrounding communities, and nature.
Help each other meld ‘work’ and ‘life’.
Have farm ventures, raise children, and spend time with friends and family doing what we love.

Community Description:

We are a multi-generational, child-friendly, co-housing farm community in Colrain, Massachusetts, with cooperative farming, homesteading, and co-sufficiency as our core mission.

There are currently 9 houses and 3 lots still available in our first phase. We have capacity for 6 more homes in Phase 2. This is an exciting time for us, join us now, and be part of the process.

Katywil is rural but not isolated. We are forming a coalition of farming enterprises, home businesses, and neighbors working together to create livelihoods to improve the quality of our lives. Being supportive and helping each other succeed makes our community thrive. We currently raise heritage turkeys and goats. We are starting cheese making and charcuterie (specialty meats) ventures, and we grow some ingredients to support our neighbor’s brewery. Our community glass greenhouse will be completed in spring 2015. We are planning a commercial kitchen for small food ventures.

We own individual lots, build our own homes and share the rest of the 112 acres, which include arable farmland, pasture to raise animals, and lots of trees for kids to climb. Katywil provides a magnificent view down the North River valley to the Catamount Mountains and an uninterrupted expanse of sky that is especially beautiful at night. Houses are clustered on a south-facing slope overlooking the West Branch of the North River and Stone Mountain.

We are 20 minutes from Rte. 91; three and a half hours from Manhattan; 45 minutes from the Massachusetts towns of Amherst, Williamstown, and Northampton, as well as Brattleboro, Vermont; 20 minutes from Greenfield, Massachusetts; and 15 minutes from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Our location is near social, arts, and academic communities in the Berkshires.


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: children here attend public school and some are home schooled

    We as a community do not practice a particular religion or spiritual belief, but respect each others individual beliefs.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each individual


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We use Sociocracy in our monthly meetings.

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 112 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All~ up to 90%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Geothermal
  • Additional Comments: 18 single homes when complete

    Construction began Fall 2008

    12 or 17 single-family homes when complete

    12 houses in Phase 1, 3 more still available.

    Barn, common house, and 6 additional houses to be decided in 2015.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: House-lot price

    Monthly/annual maintenance fee



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Planned food produced: Almost All, up to 90%


  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Other


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


  • Additional comments: TBD once we’re all here. Monthly for now.

    We support our local farming community for food that we don’t grow ourselves.

    We have a mix of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans

    We have a mix of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans

    prohibited in public spaces


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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Building
  • Shared common building: No
  • Architect: Houses have different architects
  • Developer: Bill Cole
  • Commercial Lender: Self-financed

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Katywil Farm Community


child-friendly, cooperative homesteading, children, farming, sustainability, cohousing

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