Stephentown, New York, United States

  • Last updated: January 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 15, 2010

Mission Statement

Our mission is to grow a community that values and cultivates a supportive network of friends, who would like to engage in farm-based sustainable lifestyle practices, and who strive to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.

Community Description

Hello! Our vision is to establish an intentional community on 74 acres of land that we own in the upper Taconic Valley of New York, just west of the the Berkshire/Taconic range. The land has a mix of fertile fields, ponds, streams, meadows, wetlands and forest. We are not far from cultural centers and small cities including Pittsfield and the Berkshire region. Our space is home to Wyomanock Farm and Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living.

Wyomanock Farm cultivates three quarters of an acre of organically grown vegetables, raises a flock of about 100 free range laying hens (on pasture and fed organic, local grain), and has a small herd of Scottish Highland Cattle for beef production. We enjoy producing as much of our own food as possible. In 2014, we established a small on-site farm stand which is open year-round. 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 its inception, Wyomanock Center has offered events, farm and nature based educational workshops, 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 community construction project.

We are looking for others with similar values and ambitions, including a desire to live simply, people who continuously work to incorporate sustainable practices into their lifestyle, and who have a desire to be a part of the Farm and Center in some capacity. We welcome people of any age, ethnic and religious background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and dietary philosophies/needs.

A little background: Thom purchased the land in 2002, started living here full time in 2003 with his two young sons, and began developing the Farm and Center in 2010. Julie met Thom in 2012 at a local farming conference and moved to the land in late 2013. Since that time, we have been working to further develop the Farm, Center, and Intentional Community. Over the past few years we have had several individuals live here for varying lengths of time and with varied levels of involvement in the work we are doing. At this moment, it’s just us two!


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Educational Farm-Based Workshops
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 74 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    Number of “residences” TBD.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Folks interested in connecting with us should first reach out by email ([email protected] or [email protected])so we can learn more about each other, and to then schedule a phone call. If things feel right, we’ll want to set up a time to meet with you in person. If we mutually agree that we’ve found a good match, we’ll go from there!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    We think this is a very important process that should be done thoughtfully. We like to start out with an email conversation 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. At this time, we may invite you to stay for a few days and see how that feels. We’ll also ask for a few references from folks you lived and worked with. If we mutually agree that we have a “good fit,” we will invite you to be a member of the community.


  • Decision Making: See comments below.
  • 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.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Rooms & dwellings for rent at fair market value. Possible work-trade scenarios as per discussion with landowner.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biofuel, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool
  • Internet Available: No
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


farm, sustainability, environmental education, renewable energy