Last updated: May 26, 2014 (5 months ago)
Listing created on: January 15, 2010

Wyomanock

(Stephentown, New York, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://wyocenter.org
  • Business, Project, or Organization: http://www.wyofarm.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WyoCenter
  • Contact Name: thom pecoraro
  • Phone: 413 329 1400
  • Address:
    68 Wyomanock Rd
    Stephentown, New York, 12168
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email Thom: thom@wyofarm.com

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    At this time, the process is informal. We like to start out with email and then set up times to chat on the phone. If it feels like there’s a good thing happening, we’ll invite you to come to the land so we can all meet, take a tour of our community beginnings here, and perhaps work on a small project together to see how it feels. This might be for a day, or a couple of days. We’re also working on putting together a mission statement for the community and questionnaire for prospective members.

Mission Statement:

We are currently working on this.

Community Description:

We have a vision to establish an IC on 95 acres of land on the NY side of the Berkshire/Taconic range. The land has a mix of fertile fields, ponds, streams, wetlands and woods and is in two parcels. The location is not far from urban areas and cultural centers. We are looking for others with similar values, ambitions, and a desire to promote sustainability to the greater community.

One parcel of land is currently home to Wyomanock Farm and Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living.
There are two houses on site, one is occupied and one is available for rent to folks interested in helping develop the IC, assisting with farm projects, teaching workshops etc.

Wyomanock Farm cultivates a half acre of organically grown vegetables, raises a flock of about 50 free range laying hens, and has a small herd of Scottish Highland Cattle for beef production. This is our third season growing food. We operate a small CSA (12 members in 2014) and are developing a plan for a possible farm stand and online market. With additional help on the farm, we’d like to attend local farmers markets and develop local or regional wholesale markets.

Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living was founded in 2010. It is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of sustainable living through experiential learning opportunities. We work with individuals, groups, and the community to encourage sustainability by fostering an appreciation of the natural environment; by demonstrating organic agriculture, renewable energy, and natural building; and by encouraging a locally-based economy and healthy, culturally rich community. Since 2010, Wyomanock Center has offered events and workshops including regular monthly potlucks, a solstice celebration, film viewings on our focus topics, assisting with the development of a community garden in a nearby urban area, and solar shower construction.

On the other parcel, there are two dwellings. They are beautiful old houses that have been rebuilt and refinished. Both have radiant floor heat. One is currently occupied, one is available for rent (has a photovoltaic system and woodstove for supplemental heat).

At this time, I do not have a master plan for the community but do have a couple of individuals who are interested and have been working with me to begin building the foundation for a community here.

Population

  • Adult Members: 5
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Right now we are very small, and have not needed government farther than good communication, which has served us well. As the community grows, we can work together to decide what will best serve the group.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, at least partially.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 95 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 4
  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: 2 sites

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Rooms & dwellings for rent at fair market value. Possible work-trade scenarios as per discussion with landowner.

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

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Keywords

share, sustainability, environmental education, renewable energy, farm

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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.
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