INACTIVE!! White Buffalo Farm

Paonia, Colorado, United States

Disbanded Community
  • Last updated: September 28, 2017 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: June 4, 2016

Mission Statement

To use organic farming as a medium of cultivation of anthroposophic values.
To educate residents, interns, guests, visitors and the public about organic agricultural practices, as well as animal husbandry, clerical and business.

Community Description

White Buffalo Farm is the oldest organic farm in Colorado, with a 43-year legacy. Nearly 4000 fruit trees and 3 acres of vegetable cultivation combine with 3/4 of a mile of national river help make our 50-acre farm a unique and fulfilling experience.

White Buffalo Farm is one of Colorado’s oldest organic farms and a virtual paradise of fruit trees nestled in the foothills of the West Elk Wilderness, yet is an easy bike ride to Paonia. The farm is traversed by the North Fork of the Gunnison River and two irrigation ditches. The farm is USDA certified organic and its founders pioneers in the organics movement.

Established in 1974, the farm’s founder has years of experience growing food and community. White Buffalo Farm is evolving with the times. We are ready to engage wonderful new trends in organics, slow food, sustainability, slow money and relocalization.

If you are would like to explore living on the farm, please consider coming to visit the farm.

The farm is home to thousands of fruit trees, several acres of vegetables and three high tunnel greenhouses. We grow cherries, European and Asian plum, peaches, d’Anjou and Asian pears, and apples. We grow tomatoes, squash, greens and a wide variety of other herbs and vegetables for our CSA. We also raise laying hens and guinea hens. WBF sells wholesale to the Front Range, direct at Farmers Markets and thru our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).

Our core values are strengthening organic family farms, growing food for others, eating holistically and locally, placing goodness before money, faith in Spirit/God/Universe, being kind to the earth and ourselves, living in gratitude, being service-oriented, honoring creativity and art, honoring equity, demonstrating tolerance.

Growing food is healing, rewarding and feels great!


  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 47 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 21
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Oldest organic market farm in Colorado. Most pure water and air in the state. Senior water rights. USDA organic. 11 acres of orchard (apricots, cherries, plums, peaches, Asian pears, pears), 4 acres of vegetable fields, 5 acres of pasture to be replanted, 3 high tunnel greenhouses, wash station, cob harvest house in the works.

    We are first and foremost a farm that produces tons of organic fruit and vegetables. Your interest in living and work with us must center on farming. We welcome participants in farming, as interns, apprentices, day volunteers, CSA members, lessees, or investors. Please enquire via e-mail. No drop ins. We are a farm operation and appreciate your understanding.

    There are several options.
    1) If you do not know how to farm, you will be expected to learn. If you have enough savings and the energy to work all day farming, you are welcome to apply for an apprenticeship or internship. As an apprentice or intern, you would be camping on the land;
    2) If you have farming experience or skills we need in any of our staff positions, then send a letter of intent.


  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 11-20%
  • Percent Men: 81-90%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call or e-mail the farm office
    (970) 527-3042
    [email protected]

    We welcome participants in farm events, as interns, apprentices, day volunteers, CSA members or staff. Prospective funders or leasers are welcome to enquire via email please. No drop ins. We are a farm operation and appreciate your understanding.

    We are first and foremost a farm that produces tons of organic fruit and vegetables. Your interest in living and work with us must center on farming. There are several options for you to participate: 1) If you do not know how to farm, you will be expected to learn. If you have enough savings and the energy to work all day farming, you are welcome to apply for an apprenticeship or internship. Learn more on our website. 2) If you have farming experience or skills we need in any of our staff positions (see website please), then send a letter of intent and your resume to [email protected]

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Individuals may come to farm as visitors, interns, leasers, or investors. Formal interviews with the farm management are required.

  • Additional Comments:

    This is first and foremost a certified organic farm. All participants on the farm live first and foremost as stewards of the land. The farm is our livelihood. We may also have room for newcomers to start. We hope to work on renovation and repair of historic structures.

    We honor kindness and respect. Spiritual clarity is encouraged. Alcohol and hard drugs are not permitted on the farm in order to protect the well-being of our interns, apprentices, staff and volunteers.

    We hope to practice various forms of yoga, and have a sweat lodge on the property.

    Everyone is free to pursue goodness in the ways that support good flow on the farm as determined by current farm ownership and staff.


  • Decision Making: By an individual in consultation with management and others where applicable.
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Wayne is the remaining co-founder of the farm. He is now retired and living on the property.

    We hope all to be leaders in focalizing beneficial communication to coordinate activities on the farm.

    This is a working farm, that has the possibility of teaching interns about farming. Living conditions are primitive but cozy. By respecting what we have, we hope to improve what we have over time. We encourage healthy organizational patterns and stewardship of the common areas and the land. We strive to create structure and set healthy norms based on what attracts and retains healthy individuals ready to grow and serve. In time, we hope to offer restorative and healing modalities for individuals who have suffered from the disabuse of a consumer society.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 32
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Farming is hard, rewarding work with lots of hours. It is the main source of livelihood. For interns and volunteers, space and meals are provided in exchange for work towards the viability of farm operations. Interns and volunteers exchange labor energy for education in farming from seed to market, group dynamics,mechanics and construction and contribute to the farm’s overall circle of energy with the goal of leaving the farm more beautiful or strong for their having been here. We are grateful to all of the many volunteers who have worked at White Buffalo Farm over the last four decades.

    Anyone living on the farm is contributing directly to growing food for our CSA, farmers market or other markets.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Geothermal
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • 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: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We try to be attentive to our carbon footprint. We provide local, organic milk and eggs from free pastured animals, as well as local, organic sourdough breads, and bulk foods (beans, rice) sourced as near as possible, but non-local foods are used sparingly and with respect. For example, avocadoes and coconuts do not grow here. We do not have a plentiful supply of nuts for raw vegans. Meat is generally cooked 2-4 times per week, and a portion of the food is kept meat free.

    If you don’t see your favorite dish during your visit: please ask! We can only accommodate needs and preferences we know about.

    Re: tobacco: intoxicants are not encouraged. rolled tobacco only — and not around food or kitchen.

    Re: other intoxicants: sugar and coffee are always available, but we prefer to encounter our days with naturally sourced vigor and enthusiasm.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, All or most of the above can be accommodated and respected.
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Healthcare is up to each individual, In general, all conventional drugs and pills are toxic. There are plenty of resources in the farm community and in town in case you are seeking a natural alternative.

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

    This community complies with state laws concerning use of marijuana. The use of marijuana during work hours is strongly discouraged. We also do not hold permits for growing marijuana for sale. Safe, medicinal use of marijuana is permitted.

Additional Comments

We are always eager for folks to drop by for a visit; also room for long-term residency.


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