White Hawk

Last updated: July 6, 2012 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: November 1, 2004

White Hawk

(Ithaca, New York, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: White Hawk Ecovillage
  • Phone: 607-330-2609
  • Address:
    White Hawk Lane
    Ithaca, New York, 14850
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We encourage persons considering an intentional-community lifestyle to contact us and visit!
    Please call 607-330-2609 or email to arrange a visit.
    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.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    We are currently seeking new neighbors!

Mission Statement:

sustainable living

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 all walks of life building a sustainable neighborhood on 120 acres in Danby, New York, near Ithaca.

White Hawk membership is currently nine families and our numbers are growing. There are currently five families living at White Hawk. When completed we will have 30 homes sitting on approximately 10 acres of our 120 acres of farm, field, and forest.

We have monthly meetings, use consensus decision making, and encourage creativity and joyful neighborhood life.

One unique aspect of our community is that members are free to design their own homes, and not constrained to a few models selected by a developer! We can also provide economical & sustainable suggestions for those who would prefer more guidance. We support and encourage natural building methods such as straw bale, cob, cordwood, Earthship, dome, etc. The lots are in a circular form around the central common area and Common House.

We are people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds – we look forward to a diversity of skills, ideas, and talents, with the goal of passing down a thriving village to our children and their children. We have a common vision of a type of homesteading village and are already moving in that direction; skill-building, growing our own food (mainly through permaculture/edible forest gardens), animal husbandry (for milk/eggs/fiber), natural beekeeping, etc.

Our community is “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.


  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: No common spiritual tradition. White Hawk members are from all paths and respect each other’s choices.

    Public, private, homeschool, and unschooling all practiced.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Type: Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Steering Committee

    with fallback voting

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 120 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 30
  • Additional Comments: forests, agricultural, and village

    5 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.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • 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.

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

    Share of community expenses plus taxes



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Other


  • Additional comments: Currently 1/month at potluck meetings, goal of 1/week optional community meals.

    Currently only personal gardens, goals include over 50% organic production, much permaculture

    Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores all live here.

    Alcohol is a personal choice.

    Smoking is not prohibited. No members currently smoke.


Additional Comments

Rural countryside six miles outside of academic town of ithaca, NY

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Building
  • Shared common building: No
  • Architect: White Hawk’s Architectural Consultant and Construction Manager are noted for their work on Ecovillage at Ithaca, a recognized, successful model for co-housing.
  • Developer: Henry Peterson/Seven Cirlces LLC is the Owner/Developer of the White Hawk land. It is not a disinterested developer, Henry is the founding visionary of the village and will live here soon.
  • Commercial Lender: Chemung Canal Trust Company

Community Network or Organization Affiliations



permaculture, homesteading, farm, skills, ithaca

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge