Stephentown, New York, United States
- Last updated: January 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: January 15, 2010
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.
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!
- Status: Forming
- Started Planning: 2010
- Start Living Together: 2013
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://wyocenter.org
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://www.wyofarm.com
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WyoCenter
- Other social: https://www.facebook.com/WyoFarm/?ref=hl
- Contact Name: thom pecoraro
- Phone: 413 329 1400
- Community Address:
68 Wyomanock Rd
Stephentown, New York, 12168
- 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
- 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.
- 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
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
farm, sustainability, environmental education, renewable energy