White Buffalo Farm, a Farm-Based Ecovillage
Paonia, Colorado, United States
- Last updated: January 16, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: December 30, 2004
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.
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.
Growing food is healing, rewarding and feels great! It’s a great time to become part of White Buffalo Farm!
- Status: Re-forming
- Started Planning: 1973
- Start Living Together: 1974
- 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.whitebuffalofarm.org
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WhiteBuffaloFarm
- Contact Name: Farmer Wayne
- Phone: 9705273042
- Community Address:
16877 Grange Rd
Paonia, Colorado, 81428
This Community is Re-forming
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- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
- Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Wayne is the remaining co-founder of the farm.
Together we are all leaders in focalizing beneficial communication to coordinate activities on the farm.
This is a working farm; we teach interns, apprentices and prospective new members/farm owners about farming. Regarding community life, Wayne organizes in day-to-day farm activities and the farm’s “mega mama” ensures a beatuiful set of living conditions and patterns are upheld. We encourage healthy organizational patterns and stewardship of the common areas and the land. We create structure and set healthy norms based on what attracts and retains healthy individuals ready to grow and serve. In time, we hope to offer restorative and healing modalities through an educational nonprofit for individuals who have suffered from the disabuse of a consumer society and any accompanying anomie or scarring associated with poor parenting and a failure to provide basic economics rights in this society.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
- Additional Comments:
Farming is the main source of livelihood. For interns and volunteers, housing and meals are provided in exchange for work towards the viability of the farm operations
Anyone living on the farm is contributing directly to growing food for our CSA, farmers market or other markets.
interns and volunteers exchange labor energy for education in farming from seed to market, group dynamics,mechanics and construction and contribute to the farm’s overall circle of energy with the goal of leaving the farm more beautiful or strong for their having been here. We are grateful to all of the many volunteers who have worked at White Buffalo Farm over the last almost four decades.
- Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
- Current food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: Up to 25%
- Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
We cultivate a bioregional cuisines sustainable for our region and encouraging our community members to develop their personal expression as culinary contributors for the benefit of all members. Interns, apprentices and the farm staff share almost all meals during the growing season.
We grow acres of fruits and vegetables which we eat and sell. We supplement with organic co-op purchased products, foods purchased through our wholesale buyer in trade and foods from other farms and ranches in our region/valley.
We try to be attentive to our carbon footprint. Everything else is a special treat, rare and used sparingly and with respect. For instance, avocadoes and coconuts do not grow here. For raw vegans, we also do not have a plentiful supply of nuts. We work with what we have. For meat eaters, we avoid pork and beef on the farm and prefer buffalo or venison. We try to eat what is available locally and seasonally.
We rely on the bounty of the farm and what can be grown or produced locally first. We prefer certified Organic foods. We seek to provide raw milk and organic, GMO free feed fed, delicious eggs along with whole grains, breads and beans as the mainstay. The Community Kitchen Manager (or crew depending on staffing) attempts to meet the preferences of each individual within the contraints of budget and time. We start off with a healthful vegetarian base. The core meals are generally not vegan, but a vegan can generally find a healthful way to meet their needs. We fish in local waters and also trade or purchase GMO free feed fed, free range organic chickens. We also raise turkeys and guinea hens.
zero tolerance due to educational setting.
organic tobacco and no chemical cigarettes, please
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu, Catholic, Quaker, Sufi, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Community Supported Agriculture program
The Farm in Tennessee, Lama Foundation, WindSpirit Community, Findhorn
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