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Last updated: April 21, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: March 21, 2011

SoFair Farms

(Fairfield, Iowa, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2011  Established: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.sofairfarms.org
  • Contact Name: Tom Greene
  • Phone: 610-659-7532
  • Address:
    PO Box 292
    2379 Mint Blvd
    Fairfield, Iowa, 52556
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Call Tom at 610-659-7532 to schedule visit. There is currently no plumbing or heating, however sleeping at the farm is OK by appointment. Bunk house will be completed by June 2014.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    See website and call

Mission Statement:

SoFair Farms has a modest mission; create a small eco-village living in harmony with its environment and neighbors. The 20-acre plan is well designed using permaculture principles and intelligent community land planning for small homes.

Community Description:

SoFair Farms
Intentional Eco-Community

Currently Interested in Accepting Investor-Memberships with Included Home Site Selection as available.

Shared Farm Ownership for 8 members each with a Tiny House homesite, 3 private property members and 4-6 future co-housing members constitute the maximum membership.

For a limited time, you are invited to visit SoFair Farms and see for yourself how this new Intentional
Community is breaking ground with the introduction of Tiny Houses.

SoFair Farms’s mission is to create a model eco community living in harmony with its environment and neighbors. The 20 acre farm, located just south of Fairfield and Route 34, is one of the most beautiful you will ever see in this area. The perfect marriage of climate, soil, local community, and abundant resources, all set the tone for the possibilities at SoFair Farms.

The purpose of SoFair Farms is the creation, building and on-going promotion of a mixed-use ecologically designed community, where residents live within a working organic farm. As a model for sustainable living, SoFair Farm’s goal is to create a community that is both ecologically and socially enriching. The greater farm will be comprised of working gardens, integrated animal systems, orchards, ponds & natural features, and nurseries & greenhouses.

SoFair Farms, utilizing Permaculture design, is an organic farm/community that is offering people an extraordinary opportunity to co-create their own neighborhood. We seek people who are friendly, conscious, talented, and who will compliment our harmonious vision.
Our 20-acre organic farm is as beautiful as it is bountiful, and its ideal location provides access to Interstates, shopping/amenities, and the vibrant community of Fairfield with the MUM campus and is equal distance to downtown as is Vedic City.
We seek those who possess greater awareness and emotional maturity than the average person because SoFair Farms is designed to exceed average expectations. With the wealth of critical skill sets already assembled, we are destined to become a model for sustainable living and inspire its participants as well as the wider society. We seek investor-members with integrity, character and courage, who will be great partners as well as neighbors. $22,000 Village Membership including homesite.

For investment-membership or information contact Tom at 610-659-7532

Population

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Predominantly Meditators

    any and all ok

    Any and all

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Equal Member Votes

    TBD

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, at least partially.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 16 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 3
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, up to 90%[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Other
  • Additional Comments: 10 acres for farm and 3 acres for lots and 5 acres for housing village

    Planned Farm and village by community

    plus other buildings for farm use

    Not completed

    10

    Property Owned by LLC

    Possibly if it heads that direction

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: No
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 50
  • Additional Comments: TBD

    Labor contribution in lieu of Mo. fee OK

    Membership fee for voting and land rights

    There will be equitable member assessments due

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Festivals and broader community invites

    Hopefully

    As individuals in their own home

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Keywords

TM, Transcendental meditation, flying room, Maharishi, sustainable living, local investment, organic

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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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