Katywil (Stowe) Farm Community

Colrain, Massachusetts, United States

  • Last updated: September 28, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: October 13, 2006

Mission Statement

Stowe Farm Community is a group of individuals who strive to form a whole greater than the sum of our parts. We care for each other, our surrounding communities, and nature.

Community Description

Katywil is restructuring! Our new name is STOWE FARM COMMUNITY (website coming soon). We are still a multi-generational, child-friendly, rural co-housing community in Colrain, Massachusetts. We share resources and work together to nurture and support each other and the land on which we live.

There are currently 8 houses (1 is for sale) and 3 lots still available.

Stowe Farm Community is rural but not isolated. We have single family homes, which afford privacy within a supportive community. We are neighbors working together to to improve the quality of our lives. Being supportive and helping each other succeed makes our community thrive. Some of us have home businesses and some drive to their jobs. We currently raise chickens, ducks, pigs, and goats. We make cheese and charcuterie (specialty meats), and have plans to grow some ingredients to support our neighbor’s brewery. We have community gardens and a greenhouse. Some day we hope to have a commercial kitchen for small food ventures and shared meals.

We own individual lots, build our own homes and share the rest of the 80 acres, which include arable farmland, pasture to raise animals, and conserved forest. Stowe Farm Community provides a magnificent view down the North River valley to the Catamount Mountains and an uninterrupted expanse of sky. The views are spectacularly beautiful year round. Houses are clustered on a south-facing slope overlooking the West Branch of the North River and Stone Mountain.

We are 20 minutes from Rte. 91; three and a half hours from Manhattan; 45 minutes from the Massachusetts towns of Amherst, Williamstown, and Northampton, as well as Brattleboro, Vermont; 20 minutes from Greenfield, Massachusetts; and 15 minutes from Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Our location is near social, arts, and academic communities in the Berkshires.

We are working on our new website and hope to have it up soon.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 90 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Planned number of residences: 11
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: We each own 3/4 acres and share the remaining ~80 acres of common land.
  • Additional Comments:

    11 single homes when complete, 8 homes built

    1 house for sale, 3 lots still available.

    Barn, common house to be decided in 2019.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 14
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Visit as much as possible, attend work parties, meetings, potlucks. Have a vision of your life in 5 years.

  • Additional Comments:

    children here attend public school and some are home schooled

    We as a community do not practice a particular religion or spiritual belief, but respect each others individual beliefs.

Government

  • Decision Making: modified Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We use modified Sociocracy in our monthly meetings.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Membership includes house-lot price, common land and common infrastructure

    Monthly/annual maintenance fee

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Outbuilding(s), Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We support our local farming community for food that we don’t grow ourselves.

    We have a mix of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans

    We have a mix of omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans

    prohibited in public spaces

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    We don’t use pesticides or GMO and our animals are treated humanely.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Stowe Farm Community

Keywords

child-friendly, cooperative homesteading, children, community farming, sustainability, cohousing