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Khakalaki Farm

Last updated: February 25, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: January 18, 2014

Khakalaki Farm

(Trenton, South Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.khakalakifarm.com
  • Contact Name: Kathryn Koven
  • Phone: 509-554-1862
  • Community Address:
    324 Girl Scout Camp Road
    Trenton, South Carolina, 29847
    United States

Mission Statement:

Our focus is self-sustainability centered around the farm. We wish to grow healthy living things as naturally and chemical free as possible, to share and enjoy life and nature.

We ‘work’ hard to live well, and to minimize the consumer items we need. We wish to share our vision, our ‘work’, and inspiration with free thinkers.

Community Description:

We are a small organic and permaculture method farm focused on self-sustenance. Some might call us an aspiring ecovillage. Our farming focus is primarily on humanely growing animals, mushrooms, and CNG produce. Our farm motto is “seeking sustainable”.

We have previously described ourselves as a forming community. We have found the agreements, understandings, meetings and legal process to be complicated, expensive, and prohibitively challenging. The owner is not willing to shoulder these responsibilities in addition to supporting the farm. It seems that a more optimal solution is to begin a farming cooperative much like a family farm, where individuals/families build their own home with a long term lease on their home site on the farm (at expense of the prospective coop member). They could then help at the farm and on their own projects and together grow a successful business by sharing the cost of expensive equipment & maintenance, food growing and storage, etc. We are open to forming a community with those core cooperative members who are willing to commit their resources to this goal and process.

The farm land has been purchased and utilities (well, electric, septic) are in place at the cooperative home or community site of approximately 5 acres (open to enlarging) within a 116 acre mostly forested farm, with 1+ spring and a year round creek, pasture, and a campground. At this time our best matches are those with independent income, an ability to build/buy their own small home with a lease agreement from the farm coop, and an ability and interest in farming and living a minimal sustainable lifestyle. Be aware YOU will need to plan and begin the community process if there is to be a community. However, you could start tomorrow as a cooperative farmer.

We envision sharing generational benefits, animal and gardening therapy, growing young farmers, and creating areas within the farm that allow transition to off grid, minimalist needs living.

Our wish is that all who live here can make a living from the farm via cottage industry, internet work, farming, etcetera without commutes or undesired jobs to achieve dispensable consumerism.

We have hosted people who wish to learn including interns, however our time is consumed managing the farm. We appreciate members who love to learn and share! We have had up to 10 people living here and sharing ideals, homestead lifestyles, meals, and serenity.

We host events to grow and share. NVC Workshop, Backyard Hog Processing, and Sheep shearing are a few we have done publicly. We sell our products at two online farmers markets, however we are not yet breaking even (ie expenses outweigh profits at this time).

We practice Compassionate Communication and do not judge nor endorse a particular spiritual or cultural inclination. Be as you are if it harms none. If you are drama free, kind, self-sufficient, and willing and able to work towards a common goal of a homestead sharing lifestyle, this farm may be a fit. Thank you for your time in reading!

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 116 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, temporary
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: large areas to stay undeveloped

    4 treehouses with electric only as temporary housing only (<3 months)
    RV hookups available temporarily
    1 RV available, in use at this time (2016)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: email or call us at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: send a statement of interest and any applicable skills.
  • Additional Comments: individual choice, prefer home schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: open to voting
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: currently single farm owner welcoming input from single farm member, open to super majority

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 25
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: We are open to a combination of systems as long as the basic needs of all are met…at this time each person should be able to support themselves financially (buy/build a home, contribute to farm expenses). We will not pay out to support someone nor is the farm income generating at this time. however, cost share projects to create income are welcome (grow a market garden for example and market thru the farm).

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Be as you are so long as it harms none. You are welcome at the farm if you are self sufficient, kind, hard-working and able, and seriously interested in small scale farming and minimal homestead type living.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Carolina Farm Stewards, Young Farmers, and Georgia Organics member

Community Affiliations

none in our area!

Keywords

permaculture, farm, minimal needs living, cooperative farming

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