White Hawk Ecovillage

Ithaca, New York, United States

  • Last updated: March 18, 2017 (2 months ago)
  • Listing created on: November 1, 2004

Mission Statement

We are an affordable, resilient homesteading village focused on sustainability and community.

Community Description

Affordable CoHousing with Homesteading Focus

We are currently seeking new members to make their home in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of New York. We are a group of people from various walks of life building a sustainable neighborhood on 120 acres in Danby, New York, just outside of Ithaca.

White Hawk membership is currently 10 families and growing, with seven families living at White Hawk and more under construction and in the pipeline. When completed we will have 30 homes sitting on approximately 10 of our 120 acres of farm, field, and forest.

We have monthly meetings, use consensus decision-making, and encourage creativity and joyful neighborhood life, as we strive to work respectfully with the land to meet as many of our needs as possible. We aim to make our community affordable to all.

Members are free to design their own homes, and are not constrained to a few models selected by a developer. We provide economical and sustainable suggestions for those who would prefer more guidance. Any build style that meets town code, up to and including natural building such as straw bale, cob, cordwood, Earthship or dome would be welcome. The lots are in a circular form around our common circle and a planned common house.

Our community represents a diversity of ages and ethnic backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming new skills, ideas and talents, with the goal of passing down a thriving village to our children and their children. We envision a homesteading village in which as many of our needs as possible are met right here on our land. We are moving in that direction through personal and community gardens, permaculture projects, an orchard, animal husbandry (over the years we’ve had chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses, pigs, turkeys, sheep, guinea hens and bees) and respectfully using the natural resources we have on the land (through such activities as maple tapping, hunting and wild plant foraging).

Recreating on the land is important to us as well. We have two ponds, a few miles of trails, woods, a playground for the kids and even a zip-line!

We are “on the grid” with electric, gas, phone and internet, but some residents are moving toward off-grid independence. We encourage home-based businesses and bartering between residents to build local resilience.

Please visit our website or call 607-330-2609 for more information.


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 120 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Planned number of residences: 30
  • Planned Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Local developer (we’re negotiating a purchase to buy the land)
  • Additional Comments:

    forests, agricultural, and village

    7 built, 30 planned

    In progress

    There will be 30 units in White Hawk Ecovillage.

    We are seeking new neighbors to build!

    The Common House is expected to be approximately 3000 sq. ft. and will be built when almost all houses are in.


  • Adult Members: 21
  • Child Members: 16
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    We encourage persons considering an intentional-community lifestyle to contact us and visit!
    Please visit our website and find out about us to arrange a visit, or call 607-330-2609.
    Many visitors prefer to visit during a meeting – we have them monthly, on Sundays, near the middle of the month. Please visit our website or contact us for the next meeting date if you are interested.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We are currently seeking new community members! Please see our membership page for more information: www.whitehawkecovillage.org/community/membership/

  • Additional Comments:

    No common spiritual tradition. White Hawk members are from diverse paths and respect each other’s choices.

    Public, private, homeschool and unschooling all practiced.


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

    Steering Committee

    with fallback voting


  • Join Fee: $1000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $165
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Members must be able to finance the building of their homes.

    We expect the labor contribution to be about 8 hours per month, though this varies based on individual circumstances and is highly flexible.

    $1000 membership fee is required, including a non-refundable $250 application fee.

    Share of community expenses plus taxes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Swimming pond or pool, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Currently 1/month at potluck meetings, goal of 1/week optional community meals.

    Currently only personal gardens, goals include over 50% organic production with some permaculture focus.

    Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores all live here.

    Alcohol is a personal choice.

    Smoking is not prohibited, but would be a topic of discussion in open/public areas. No members currently smoke.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Rural countryside six miles outside of the “gorges” college town of Ithaca, NY

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US


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