The Source Farm Ecovillage

Johns Town, Jamaica

  • Last updated: April 22, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: April 23, 2007

Mission Statement

Create a healthy lifestyle

Community Description

The Mission: The Source is a multicultural, intergenerational ecovillage.
We have a commitment to:
• Natural Living
• Holistic Health and Spirituality
• Ecological and Social Stewardship
• Educational Sharing
• Organic Farming and Gardening
• Arts and Culture
• Permaculture
• Self-Sufficiency
The Source Foundation creates a healing retreat for residents and guests, and a spiritual sanctuary to experience serenity and tranquility.

Our Vision: The Source will be an innovative model community that is dedicated to respecting and restoring Mother Earth. We will foster personal growth and development and empower our community to be ambassadors of natural and progressive living. The Source will be known for its diverse social and economic opportunities with a mosaic of award-winning cultural, recreational, and artistic amenities and services.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Start Living Together: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Nicola Shirley
  • Phone: 1-876-421-8838
  • Community Address:
    Oxford Road
    Beckford Town PA
    Johns Town,
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 64 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Leases get attached to Land Trust


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 71-80%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact International Volunteer Coordinator, Nomi Shirley 1 876 345 2633 or email [email protected]

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Review of documents, visit, review of relationship over 6mos to 1yr process, final membership payment and deposit for land.


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $30000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $20
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


Permaculture, Organic Farming, Alternative Building, Nature School, Wellness Center