Last updated: March 21, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
Listing created on: December 30, 2004
White Buffalo Farm Ecovillage
(Paonia, Colorado, United States)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 1973 Established: 1974
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.whitebuffalofarm.org
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WhiteBuffaloFarm
- Contact Name: Wayne Talmage
- Phone: 970-527-3042
16877 Grange Rd
Paonia, Colorado, 81428
Visitors accepted: Yes
We welcome participants in farm events, as interns, apprentices, day volunteers, CSA members or staff. Else, prospective buyers, funders and advisors are welcome. No drop ins please. Thank you. We are a farm operation and appreciate your understanding.
Open to new Members: Yes
Individuals may come to farm as apprentices or staff or prospective buyers of the farm. Wayne is open to training non farmers as needed to run the farm. We seek to sell the farm outright to a group or individuals.
We suggest that new owners recruit the management team we are building with the likely benefit of adding new team members if needed. After two years on the farm, this management team can resolve that members are sufficiently coopertive and helpful to the farm’s overall operation that they can purchase a share of the farm. Gradually, over ten years, this share should be structured in such a way that it can be fully paid off. For instance, 18 members pay $4000 to buy in and then $800/month on a ten year loan equals $96,000. The challenge is that White Bufffalo must be fully sold to someone who can ddevelop this model. Wayne’s debt load with the Farm Service Agency precludes the placement of a conservation easement or hinders non-governmental capitilization.
Restoring our food, our earth, ourselves.
Established in 1974, the farm’s founder has years of experience growing food and community. White Buffalo Farm is evolving with the times. We are ready to engage wonderful new trends in organics, slow food, sustainability, slow money and relocalization.
Our plans include: 1) a farm-based ecovillage with affordable homesites for individuals wishing to take part in a farm-based livelihood; 2) farm-based micro-enterprises like value-added products and a farm-to-table restaurant for travelers and locals; 3) investment in new crops and farm management technologies for our CSA and other farm operations.
If you are would like to explore living on the farm, please consider coming to the farm as an intern, apprentice or in a “staff” position. For 2014, we seek a kitchen manager, an artisan cook, a vegetable farmer and a CSA coordinator. We also need a part time administrative assistant/bookkeeper.
The farm is home to thousands of fruit trees, several acres of vegetables and three high tunnel greenhouses. We grow cherries, European and Asian plum, peaches, d’Anjou and Asian pears, and apples. We grow tomatoes, squash, greens and a wide variety of other herbs and vegetables for our CSA. We also raise laying hens, guinea hens, turkeys and peacocks. WBF sells wholesale to the Front Range, direct at Farmers Markets and thru our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).
Our core values are strengthening organic family farms, growing food for others, eating holistically and locally, placing goodness before money, faith in Spirit/God/Universe, being kind to the earth and ourselves, living in gratitude, being service-oriented, honoring creativity and art, honoring equity, demonstrating tolerance and enacting non cooperation as ahimsa.
Growing food is healing, rewarding and feels great! It’s a great time to become part of White Buffalo Farm!