Deadwood, Oregon, United States
- Last updated: November 3, 2017 (1 second ago)
- Listing created on: November 23, 2004
Our mission statement is currently being rethought/rewritten.
Founded in 1972, we average fifteen to twenty five adults and three to six children. New people participate in an internship of three or six months followed by a year as residents (trial members) before becoming eligible for membership. Please contact us first about available spaces before coming down for a visit. Members and residents work primarily on the farm or at various outreach activities around the greater Deadwood Community (farmers’ markets, contract mail delivery, contract forestry projects, etc.) or occasionally in paid work off the farm. All income and resources are held in common. We are experimenting with different housing patterns, particularly for families; individuals have private rooms, while other living space is common; weekday evening meals are communal.
We are open to new residents; visitors are welcome for a three-day initial visit. Please call well ahead to arrange dates.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1971
- Start Living Together: 1972
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.alphafarmcommunity.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlphaFarmAlphaBit
- Other social: https://www.facebook.com/AlphaBitCafe/
- Community Address:
92819 Deadwood Creek Rd
Deadwood, Oregon, 97430-9706
- Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
- Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Local Mail Route
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
- Shared Income: Partial share of income
- Required Labor Contribution per Week: 40
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Everything is provided for at Alpha through work trade. Everyone who stays here contributes equally to a 40 hr work week. If members are interested in earning personal money they may do so in their free time/on their days off. Some Alphans do have outside jobs that they participate in during “Alpha work hours.” Those who chose to do this have agreed to partial income sharing with the farm.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, Internet, Office/Work Spaces
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian, All Needs Accomodated
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
We cook for many dietary needs/food allergies and offer vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free options at all community meals.
All substances are used occasionally but in moderation and only in accordance with current Oregon laws.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
- 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), Northwest Intentional Communities Association