Last updated: May 17, 2014 (6 months ago)
Listing created on: October 13, 2006

Katywil Farm Community

(Colrain, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2008  Established: 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

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Kids, agricultural, affordable

Community Description:

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

There are several families with young children who are interested in starting a cooperative daycare here. Katywil is a great place to raise children!

We are rural but not isolated, and forming a coalition of farming enterprises, home businesses, and neighbors working together to create livelihoods that improve the quality of our lives. Being supportive and helping each other succeed makes our community thrive. We currently have a poultry CSA, a planned cheese making venture, and growing wheat for our neighbor’s brewery. Our community glass greenhouse will be completed in spring 2014. We are planning a commercial kitchen for small food ventures.

There are 11 houses in Phase 1, and 4 lots are still available. Phase 2 will have an additional 6 homes. Katywil will have a total of 17 single family homes when complete.

We own individual lots 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. Families 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.

We currently have a large community garden, bee hives, poultry tractor, orchards and earthen pizza/bread oven. Planned features include permaculture landscape design, edible forest gardens, barn, greenhouse, commercial kitchen, and hiking trails. Our common house has gathering space, bath, kitchen, living room, and workshop space for classes, woodworking, meetings, and other projects.

There are two existing architectural designs which are highly energy and space efficient, but you may choose a unique design or build your own home.


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Percent Women: 21-30%
  • Percent Men: 71-80%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Some home school children here

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Sociocracy

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 112 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 17
  • Additional Comments: 18 single homes when complete

    Construction began Fall 2008

    17 single-family homes plus common house

    Four houses built, six being built

    No plan designed as of 11/2009

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: House-lot price

    Monthly/annual maintenance fee


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: 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: Bill Austin, Austin Design, Colrain, MA
  • 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, sustainability, cohousing

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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.