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: 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
Open to new Members: Yes
Kids, agricultural, affordable
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.