Finney Farm

Concrete, Washington, United States

  • Last updated: January 7, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: March 4, 2007

Mission Statement

Please visit our website at www.finneyfarm.org for more details.

Community Description

Finney Farm consists of 105 wooded acres located in upper Skagit County, Washington. The land is wet, fertile, lovely, and green. Our community exists for many reasons:

• To steward the land in an ecologically sound manner free from traditional development.

• To create and maintain affordable housing, eliminating much of the need for forced wage-slavery.

• To encourage the sharing of resources.

• To work toward common goals of self-sufficiency, autonomy, and community.

• To allow members to pursue personal interests such as creative endeavors, activism, and education on a daily basis.

• To create an environment in which people are living each day with an expectation of open communication, empowerment, and consensus-based decision making.

• To encourage a strong community work ethic, which is beneficial to the community as well as the individual.

We hope to create an environment in which compassion, respect, consideration, independence, integrity, communication, and living the good life are not qualities to be granted or denied but are instead the expectation. We seek to hold this land from traditional destructive development, instead using ecologically sound methods for any growth. The permaculture model isn’t a good fad, it’s a timeless commonsense approach to rural living.

We envision around 10 adults living in hand-built houses living on this land. We tend to fluctuate around that number. We have a shared garden and orchards, community meals, some child-care sharing, and a community house which includes kitchen, laundry, bath, and office facilities. We also get together for homeschooling, farm work projects, art or craft projects, and performance or volunteer opportunities.

We would like to create a village feel to our community. We hope to have many skilled members who are able to share resources and would encourage trading for goods within the community before seeking goods outside of Finney Farm.

We are anarchists/socialists/discordians who are into both DIY living AND community. And a good life.

2019 Update: We currently have 8 adult residents, a couple of children, and other short term residents (interns, WWOOFers, short term renters etc). We occasionally have space available (private rooms in the common house or cabins/tiny houses) please see our website or visit our Facebook page for current availability. We get a huge number of inquiries each year and we are growing at an intentionally slow rate because finding a good fit is more important to us than numbers. If what you have to offer are “leadership skills,” we probably aren’t a good fit. We are also more interested in farming, building, rural living, communication/community, alternative energy skills than drumming, yoga, and empath readings. We attempt to bridge lifestyle activism with direct action by building a social and educational outreach program in our area which includes our seed distro. In 2018 alone, we grew/harvested/processed/packaged/distributed 10,000 packages of organic heirloom seed to schools, food banks, and families at no charge. We have other outreach programs including events, classes, an intern program, etc.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1988
  • Start Living Together: 1989
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://finneyfarm.org
  • Community Address:
    41638 S Skagit Hwy
    Concrete, Washington, 98237
    United States
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About

  • 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: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 105 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, While we do not offer lots per se, there is land available for new construction.
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 7
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    We request that you spend time exploring our website before contacting us. As mentioned, we get a great number of inquiries each year and although we try to answer every one of them and do offer tours and visits, it requires a great deal of time and energy to do this. And weirdly, although we have met some amazing folks through other sites like WWOOF who have wound up living here for years or developed a long term friendship, we tend to find that contacts made through ic.org are often either looking to help form a community, looking for a much larger community than ours, or have some requirement or interest which is at odds with our project. We also find that many contacts are at an early stage in learning about intentional communities–which is great, but after decades of scheduling long telephone calls and hosting visitors only to find that they are seeking info found on our website, or have requirements which do not match the needs of our group as outlined on the website, we really must ask that folks read through it before contacting us. Thanks for understanding!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Folks typically enter as renters for a few months, shift to probationary membership status, and after a year propose permanent membership. In early 2019, we will be making some adjustments to our residency policies which include membership status and process.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Join Fee: $7500.00
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 7
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Sauna
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Our members are primarily vegan or vegetarian. Folks may have a variety of reasons to focus on a plant-based diet…but regardless of reason, we would prefer to attract new residents who wish to have a primarily plant based diet. Some of us wear leather, or eat honey, sometimes we have chicken eggs here (from rescue chickens) and some of us may eat them, we all love wool, there are folks who occasionally eat seafood, etc…we don’t strictly adhere to one diet or dogma but all of us focus on plant based foods. It is important to note that we are wholly uninterested in raising animals for food or their milk.

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community, Up to each family or individual

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Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].

Keywords

anarchist, organic, collective, consensus