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Growing rural ecovillage 10 minutes from Ithaca, New York!

by Kartik
Community with Opening
Ithaca, NY

Do you want the advantages of country living, close access to a progressive small city, and next door neighbors to boot? White Hawk Ecovillage rests on 120 acres, surrounded by family farms and small town charm. Our homes are built in a village circle in the center of the property, so we’re close enough to our neighbors for daily interaction while leaving lots of land for both projects and natural open spaces.

At the moment, we have 9 houses built, with room for 21 more. That makes us about 1/3 full. You know what that means? We’re over the big hump of getting the community started, and we’re into the fun part of shaping our collective futures!

Projects currently in process include over an acre of hazel hedges, a blueberry patch, an apple orchard, and a coppice grove. In addition, some of us tap maple trees in the spring and hunt in the fall. Chickens, rabbits, ducks, and bees are just some of the animals that have lived harmoniously with their human counterparts. And, there are acres and acres of land that we haven’t yet touched. Permaculture, wild land, and other projects are waiting for you!

White Hawk is actively seeking folks who share our mix of high ideals and aspirations with a practical, non-judgmental approach. We have diverse lifestyles – some of our members are self employed, telecommute, or work in the local community. Many of us also stay busy with homesteading projects, some of which we collaboratively share with other member households. Some of us are vegetarian with leanings toward raw food, while others hunt deer for food, or procure meat from local farms. We boast a constant roaming, joyful pack of kids who range from babies to teens. Many of the children are home/un-schooled and the greater Ithaca community has one of the largest homeschooling collectives in New York state. There are other options for schooling as well, including Montessori, Waldorf, a Charter school and highly ranked public schools with school district and city bus service at the end of our meandering country lane.

Our community is based in a practical, efficient form of consensus, and we’re improving all the time. We don’t enforce work days or participation, but everyone contributes to running the village to the extent that they are able and comfortable.

White Hawk strives to be affordable. The cost of building here is below the average home cost in Tompkins County, New York.  Over the next few years, affordable housing grants are a possibility for those who qualify. For the most part, homes here are pretty idyllic, we think–cozy and simple but not bare.

And if you haven’t visited the Ithaca/Finger Lakes region of Central New York, you’re really in for a treat. Ithaca consistently ranks as one of the most livable towns in America–home to the downtown pedestrian Commons shopping plaza, Cornell University and Ithaca College, the iconic Moosewood Restaurant, a huge farmer’s market and scores of independent bookstores, retailers, restaurants, grocers and boutiques. The thriving city also offers many opportunities for employment while still retaining its small town charm.

Then there are the festivals! The Downtown Chili Cookoff. Apple Harvest Festival. Ithaca Festival. Harry Potter Festival. Porchfest. Grassroots Festival of Music and Arts. And so many more!

The greater Finger Lakes region is, to many of us who’ve traveled the country and the world, one of the most picturesque regions we’ve come across–no surprise, then, that we’re a popular tourist destination. We’ve got stunning gorges (Ithaca Falls, Buttermilk Falls, Taughannock Falls–Ithaca is Gorges, after all!), swimming holes in abundance, and the internationally renowned Finger Lakes Wine Trail.  Larger cities such as Rochester and Syracuse are just a stone’s throw away.

And yet, even with all our neighboring resources, it’s beautiful right here at White Hawk. The air is clean, the water plentiful. Our pond by the village is swimmable, the zip line is always a hit with the kids (young and young at heart), and the snow keeps us active in the winter.

Speaking of seasons, autumn in central New York rivals anything you might see in New England. Crisp air, local apple cider, stunning fall colors, and community friends in your kitchen while you’re canning applesauce or the harvest from your garden is a joy.

We don’t want to mislead you and say this is paradise… but it kinda is. Open hearts, a willingness to contribute, and a variety of skills really help us fly. There is always something to do, whether it’s in the trenches helping to lay the pipes of the water system, discussing how to make meetings enjoyable and efficient, or talking through the inevitable conflicts that arise when people live close to each other and find a workable resolution, we find a way to work together.

There’s so much more to discover. If any of this resonates with your vision, take a closer look. Let’s see if we’re a good fit for each other!

Start at our website: www.whitehawkecovillage.org.

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