Katywil Farm Community

Colrain, Massachusetts, United States

  • Last updated: January 9, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: October 13, 2006

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.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.katywil.com
  • Contact Name: Bill Cole
  • Phone: 413-624-5599
  • Community Address:
    43 Stetson Brothers Rd
    Colrain, Massachusetts, 01340
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 112 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • 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.


  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Visit as much as possible, attend work parties, meetings, potlucks. Have a vision of your life in 5 years.

  • 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.


  • Decision Making: Not specified
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We use Sociocracy in our monthly meetings.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    House-lot price

    Monthly/annual maintenance fee

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet 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

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

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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