The Genome Collective

Binghamton, New York, United States

  • Last updated: June 28, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: September 29, 2016

Mission Statement

To create a sustainable model for the local food system of Binghamton, NY, and to educate students, households and businesses about urban farming, food reclaiming practices, and sustainable cooking.

Community Description

The Genome Collective lives in Binghamton, NY. We welcome people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities who are excited about working together to create a collective home based around food justice, anti-oppressive values, art, and an egalitarian community lifestyle.

Rent for each resident-member varies from $250 to $450 a month, depending on ability to pay, living accommodations, and capacity to contribute to money-saving, sustainable activities. Rent includes all food, utilities, and household supplies.

More About Who We Are:
The Genome Collective was established in February 2016. The community lives in a roomy three-story Victorian house, located at 65 Park Avenue on the South Side of Binghamton.

What We Do:
We strive to create a communal space open to as many people as possible, while also maintaining a safe, comfortable, and relaxing space for all of our members.

We keep a very well-stocked communal kitchen, and maintain a 1500-square-foot mushroom farm in our basement. We also keep about a 1/4-acre vegetable garden outside.

We have an unattached garage, which we use as a wood shop, music studio, and bike shop. Above the garage there is an open temple space where we host yoga and meditation classes.

A significant portion of the Collective’s food is dumpstered. We believe that dumpstering is a just method of obtaining and repurposing unsellable but nourishing food in order to feed as many people as possible while helping to fill a gap in our food distribution system.

We plan and hold community events about once a month.

We treat our house like a living organism. Our house guidelines and identity are articulated in a living document called the Genome, which community members regularly revisit and update to fit the Collective’s needs as it grows and changes. We hold weekly meetings, make decisions via consensus, and strive to maintain a reciprocal relationship where the Collective actively supports and feeds the individuals that comprise it, and the individuals in turn support and feed the Collective.


  • Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Landlord
  • Additional Comments:

    We are working on creating an LLC to hold the lease of the property.


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Interested applicants should fill out a questionaire located at The next step is to come visit. Membership is decided by consensus.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $400
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Open to members with existing debt: No

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Internet, Temple
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, 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 occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)

Community Affiliations

Point A, Twin Oaks, Cambia, Acorn, The Midden


food justice, urban farming, dumpster diving, co-living, sustainability