Unadilla Community Farm
West Edmeston, New York, United States
- Last updated: January 15, 2017 (4 months ago)
- Listing created on: April 22, 2015
To provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.
Unadilla Community Farm was founded in 2013 by a group of wwoofers dedicated to the goals of the back-to-the-land movement. The goal of our cooperative is to provide organic fruits and vegetables to local markets while living self-sufficiently and sustainably in harmony with the natural world. We are starting from scratch on 12 acres of beautiful fields and forest, adjacent to protected forest land and Amish country. A creek and river also run along the perimeter of the land. We are 10 minutes from Edmeston, a quaint rural town in upstate New York. We are seeking volunteers and prospective cooperative members interested in disconnecting from the mainstream, learning to support ourselves by growing our own organic vegetables, utilizing natural building methods to construct our barn and dwelling structures, making our own household products like soap and shampoo, and reviving traditional agricultural and lifestyle practices. We are eager to learn new skills, like beekeeping, weaving, and candle making, and welcome those who can teach these practices to the community and improve upon our self-sufficiency. We intend to hold workshops (building, gardening, soap making, crafts, etc.) for the public and to sell our products at the local farmers’ market.
- Status: Forming
- Started Planning: 2013
- Start Living Together: 2014
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
- Website address: http://www.unadillacommunityfarm.blogspot.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UnadillaCommunityFarm
- Contact Name: Ben Tyler and Greta Zarro
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
- Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
All cooperative members are automatically members of the Board of Directors. We make all decisions by consensus. As a group, we have drafted a set of bylaws outlining our mission, objectives, and member expectations. Our bylaws can be viewed on our website (unadillacommunityfarm.blogspot.com).
- Join Fee: $250
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $250
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 30
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Volunteers are not required to pay the cooperative fees, but if not then they would not receive member or investment shares. Cooperative members are expected to pay the initial joining fee ($250) and the monthly upkeep fee ($10/day or $250/month).
- Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
- Food produced locally: Up to 25%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Waterfront access
- Internet Available: No
- Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: Approximately all meals
- Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
- Special Diets OK: Sometimes
- Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
- Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
- Additional Diet Comments:
As an organic farm, we should be able to grow or forage almost all of the greens and vegetables we need from May to August. The cooperative’s funds are used to buy any additional food we might need to make sure all on-site members and volunteers are well fed and happy. We are currently eating a vegetarian/vegan diet and we ask that meat is not brought onto the property. We do have chickens for those who wish to eat eggs.
Please keep in mind that the cooperative’s funds must only be spent on organic food, and cannot be spent on luxury items like sugar, chocolate, coffee or alcohol. We’re currently part of a local buyer’s club, which allows us to purchase organic American-grown bulk grains, beans, pasta, nuts, dried fruit, spices, etc. at a wholesale discount.
The cooperative’s funds cannot be used to finance any illegal activity, and all illegal activity is of course forbidden while on the cooperative’s land. No alcohol is allowed on-site at this time.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Paganism or Earth Religions
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)
self-sufficiency, off-the-grid, organic farming, vegetarian, natural building, artisanal crafts