Stephentown, New York, United States

  • Last updated: June 23, 2017 (10 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 23, 2017

Mission Statement

Futurecomm’s purpose is to demonstrate the possibility and pleasure of a functioning, clean energy, non-polluting, small scale community, and to give hope to all those who are sick and tired of the cynically minded trying to stop such human societal progress from happening.

Community Description

Futurecomm is the preliminary test project for the much larger and more ambitious project known as Futurecomm City (see separate IC directory listing). This is a small ecovillage to exist on a 1.5 acre parcel of land at the south end of the Rensselaer Plateau in rural Stephentown NY. The land has already started to be developed, and I have lived on it for five months during 2015. My goal is to have three or four microhouses, along with three domed greenhouses for aquaponics and non-aquaponics growing, all surrounding a communal green with pools and ponds. We’re ready for people to come now.

Futurecomm stands for Future Community of Tomorrow–Today, which means that this is an idealistic and realistic project in demonstrating an example of an ideal social community that can be emulated anywhere and everywhere. There are three main principles to be concentrated on: (1) ENVIRONMENTALISM–meeting the goal of only using 100% clean energy (solar and wind) on a permanent basis; utilizing plant based bio-compounds; aquaponic greenhouses for organic fish & vegetables (2) FUTURISM—having the architectural and design elements reflect the fun optimism of the modern futurism aesthetic; (3) DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM—trying to live up to the social and governmental philosophy that prioritizes people living in a society with the environment, instead of prioritizing the making money for individuals sake.

Community members will be expected to finance the purchase and construction of their own home, but community help with construction would certainly be possible.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2015
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Robert Sher
  • Phone: (203) 645-4459
  • Community Address:
    275 Hanky Mull Hill Rd.
    Stephentown, New York, 12062
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1.5 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Plan is for three main types of microhouses: Geodesic Domes, Icopods/Decopods, and/or A-Frame.


  • Adult Members: 0
  • Child Members: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact the Executive Director, Robert Sher, at: [email protected] or (203) 645-4459 or (203) 315-8448.

    This will be open, pubic community like any other. Residents and guests may come and go at any time.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    It will be an open public community, like any other. Anyone willing to purchase and have built their own home, as per the agreed upon aesthetics set forward by the community, and follow the community standards, is free to move in.

  • Additional Comments:



  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Executive Director is the land owner and initial driving force.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%


  • Internet Available: No
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Evolves as the community evolves.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Futurecomm City