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Laughing Dog Farm/CSA

Last updated: March 12, 2016 (11 months ago)

Listing created on: January 29, 2005

Laughing Dog Farm/CSA

(Gill, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2000
  • Start Living Together: 1999
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://laughingdogfarm.com
  • Contact Name: Daniel Botkin
  • Phone: 413-863-8696
  • Community Address:
    398 Main Rd
    Gill, Massachusetts, 01376
    United States

Mission Statement:

CSA, family, land stewardship

Community Description:

Laughing Dog Farm, 2016, is a five-acre, permaculture-inspired, mom-and-pop-scale, West Massachusetts hilltop homestead farm, green sanctuary and learning site dedicated to teaching and promoting of creative, small-scale horticulture. We (a healthy, older couple plus one foody/green housemate plus seasonal WWOOFers, volunteers and interns) are seeking conscious dialogue/visitation with one or two more (a healthy couple, perhaps?) highly motivated grower, community-conscious, foody comrades/partners/landmates for more-than-transient stewardship, gardening, infrastructure building, farm visioning, and potential farm transference within the decade. We’ve had two decades of success and fun with goat dairy, soil building, greenhouses, workshops, gardens, orchards, seed saving, flowers, etc. We share one large, ark-like home (needs more renovation/green retrofitting. NO other dwellings are possible). Looking for one or two highly motivated, competent, sober, green, permaculturally stoked friends (who only lack the right land) to explore the next level. Peace!

About

  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Area: 9 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: two+ under cultivation

    two families own their adjacent land separately

    one building has room for a second family

Membership

  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Get in touch by email and describe why you want to visit. We especially welcome visitors who are willing to pitch in and get involved on the farm.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: singles or couple welcome to inquire
  • Additional Comments: soon to be home schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

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

    the farm enterprises are currently shared

    members share bills and basic costs

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: largely vegetarian, some home grown meat
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

Additional Comments

active since Y2K

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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