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 over 200 varieties of organic annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and cold-hardy fruits, nuts, and berries. We run a hyper-local CSA program for families within a 25-mile radius, and also sell to natural food stores and restaurants in our area. 2020 is our 7th season welcoming interns. Our accredited internship program has attracted interns from North & South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand.
We're also currently building our infrastructure from the ground up, using natural building methods and local + salvaged materials. We have completed a mobile off-grid tiny home, skoolie (renovated school bus), 12'x40' high tunnel, and chicken tractor, and are in the process of building a timber framed barn.
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 NRCS-funded 12'x40' high tunnel was completed in 2019. 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.