Morganic Farmunity

Fife Lake, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: July 16, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 9, 2018

Mission Statement

To provide FT employment and year round sustenance to its members are to serve the regional foodshed with product, services and education.

Community Description

Morganic Permaculture FarmUnity (MPFU) is a working farm that sells pastured non-gmo eggs and meat and organic vegetables to a local co-op and via regional farmers markets–as well as at the farm. The community is modeled somewhat after D-Acres Permaculture Community Farm in New Hampshire and Essex Farm in upstate New York. MPFU has this as a starting point: 30 acres, an already established and growing low-tech ethical farm enterprise, a desire for like-minded farming individuals to inhabit at least the single house on the property–a 2000-sq ft five-bedroom Cape Cod home with shared kitchen, bathroom and common areas, and a desire to provide the livelihood and sustenance of the members via farming and related industries. Members are expected to be farmers and enjoy farming. 🙂

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 30 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    They should call or email (preferred initially) and state their interest, reasons and preferred dates–as well as “what they would like to get out of the visit” so that it can be as relevant and informative as possible.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Contact me via email. Plan a visit. Conduct one or more interviews. Contemplate whether or not this is appropriate for the individual(s) and/or the community. Make a decision–and live with it. 🙂 Though still evolving there shall likely be some kind of introductory period built into the initial 3 to 9 months of their residence.

Government

  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    These selections are based on “where I am at right now.” I am a single owner of a 2000 sq ft home. What I would like to develop over the near future is a potential transition of the individual ownership of the land to an educational NPO and the house be either owned by the NPO or somehow moved to a shared ownership or shared governing model (likely Consensus). This is being and will continue to be researched and deliberated upon.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 40
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    The current idea (though evolving for sure) is that the house and its expenses symbolically move under the farm and so the work and profit of the farm would pay for the house and related expenses, pay employees/members and have some left over to save and some to reinvest in the farm.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Wood heat
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Sugar (in all forms), grains (including corn), lectins–are out (ideally). The sole member is currently following The Plant Paradox diet most of the time with great results on his health. This is a work in progress. The overarching goal is for the farm to provide as close to 100% of the members’ dietary and caloric needs as possible (see Essex Farm and THE DIRTY LIFE by Kristin Kimball for more on this).

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    The members of this community shall follow as holistic and functional a wellness practice as possible. In its ideal form this means NO: pharmaceutical drugs taken and no vaccines taken. In its ideal form it means YES to: only seeking medical care when needed rather than as a expected component of 21st century living (i.e. trauma), naturopathic care (Traverse City now has several physicians that fit this bill), herbal remedies, wellness thru DIET, an appropriate amount of movement and activity and/or exercise, yoga, meditation, etc.

  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    I am wide open to looking into creative wellness plans for the members. This will likely be an interesting long-term goal/process.

Keywords

Organic, non-gmo, farming, permaculture, sustenance, shared living, FT employment