Triform Camphill Community

Hudson, New York, United States

  • Last updated: January 7, 2019 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

The mission of Triform is to build a vital community life together with adults with special needs to work towards social, economic, and agricultural renewal. Triform is a supportive environment that offers each individual the possibility for personal growth and self-development. As a Camphill community, Triform bases its work on the recognition of the spiritual integrity of each individual and aims to provide all community members with dignified, meaningful work, a healthy social atmosphere, and a vibrant cultural, artistic and spiritual life.

Community Description

Triform Camphill Community, in Hudson, New York, is a residential community for young adults with developmental disabilities. It includes a dynamic mix of over 110 people spanning many generations, cultures and ranges of ability. Forty young adults with social, mental, physical and emotional disabilities, live and work side-by-side with full time volunteer resident staff and the staff’s families on a 500+ acre biodynamic/organic farm in beautiful Columbia County, NY. Triform is a model of care where young men and women with Autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental and neurological disabilities participate in dignified, purposeful work, share in warm, supportive relationships and make meaningful contributions to the well-being of everyone in the Triform community. Triform is changing the way we understand and appreciate the capabilities of people with special needs.

Triform is a forerunner and model in the disabilities field, where the ideals of inclusion and the development of individual potential are in the forefront. Triform’s programs promote confidence, self-worth, independence and achievement on many levels. The Triform special needs community offers an enriching social, intellectual and cultural life for its students, and year-round vocational opportunities in organic and biodynamic farm and gardening. Triform is among a select group of farms in the US certified by Demeter, which is regarded as the highest level of organic farming certification in the world.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town or Village

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 500 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 110
  • Child Members: 16
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Please visit our website

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    social fund (common pot) after one year is possible. For first year. . . pocket money

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles, Waterfront access, 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, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, 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: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Anthroposophy
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Community Plan, Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Camphill Association of North America (CANA)

Community Affiliations

Camphill Communities of North America (CANA)

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

Special needs, intentional community, farm, crafts, work based, rural, upstate NY, Anthroposophy,