Description of the property’s current condition and current use(s):
Founded in 2013, Unadilla Community Farm is an off-grid solar-powered organic fruit and vegetable farm and permaculture education center. Our mission is to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills. We're seeking additional members who want to live and work with us cooperatively.
We grow a diversity of cold-hardy organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms, following the principles of agroforestry, organic agriculture and permaculture. We are establishing a regenerative food forest with over 50+ varieties of fruit and nut trees and berries. We're also currently building our infrastructure from the ground up, using natural building methods and local + salvaged materials. We have completed a self-sufficient tiny home, and are in the process of building a barn and converting a school bus into another tiny home.
Potential members are invited to live and work with us for a trial period of at least 3 months during the growing season, with the opportunity to move in full-time if it seems like a good fit. There are several pathways to communal landownership that we can pursue, depending on the interests of new members. Our project is run cooperatively, so new members are invited to share their unique skills and ideas for communally driving the project forward as we expand and diversify.
Farm history / past uses of the property:
The property was previously used for conventional agriculture from the 1940s until 2010. The land has been in exclusively organic production since 2013.
Infrastructure and equipment:
- Water access
- Barns or other facilities for storage of equipment, livestock, and crops
A deer fence encloses the 5-acre organic orchard.
Water access description:
The property is bordered by the Unadilla River to the north, and a spring-fed creek to the east.
A traditional timber-framed New England barn on a rammed tire Earthship foundation is currently under construction.
Crops and Livestock
Types of crops permitted to be produced on the property:
Types of livestock permitted on the property:
Livestock/crops description :
Our organic orchard features over 50 varieties of cold-hardy fruits and nuts, including sea buckthorn, apricots, mulberries, gooseberries, aronia, walnut, hazelnuts, caragana, and more. We grow culinary and medicinal perennial herbs and companion plants throughout our orchard, including lavender, sage, thyme, oregano, comfrey, stinging nettle, and many more. We focus on growing cold-hardy, open-pollinated, heirloom varieties of organic vegetables, and we save our own seed to develop our own strains. Our vegetables include dark leafy greens (collards, kale, cabbage, pac choy), lettuces (romaine, radicchio), root crops (horseradish, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, sunchokes), alliums (garlic, walking onions, yellow onions, leeks, scallions), asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, and more. We also grow shiitake and oyster mushrooms, gourds, flax, and broom corn, and we raise free-range chickens for eggs.
Description of tenure options:
Seeking members interested in communal land ownership and cooperative participation in the operation of the farm, with the option of constructing up to 2 communal residences (land is zoned as 5 acre residential).
Current land zoning:
Is the property located in a NY Agricultural District?:
Preferred farming method:
Preferences and restrictions on agricultural activities:
We adhere to strictly organic practices.