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: http://www.katywil.com
- Contact Name: Bill Cole
- Phone: 413-624-5599
43 Stetson Brothers Rd
Colrain, Massachusetts, 01340
Visitors accepted: Yes
Call or email Bill Cole at 413-624-5599 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Open to new Members: Yes
Visit as much as possible, attend work parties, meetings, potlucks. Have a vision of your life in 5 years.
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.
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.