Unadilla Community Farm was founded in 2013 by a group of WWOOFers (volunteers working on organic farms) dedicated to the goals of the back-to-land movement. We are starting from scratch on 12 acres of beautiful fields and forest, adjacent to protected forest land and Amish country in central New York State.
We are building an off-the-grid homestead and education center following the principles of organic agriculture and permaculture design. Our mission is simple: to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.
The Unadilla River, which runs alongside our farm, gets its name from the Oneidan word for “a meeting place.” And at its very core, Unadilla Community Farm is just that - a place for people to come together, learn valuable skills from one another, and celebrate our togetherness with each other and with the natural world.
We are currently offering an ongoing internship program for
those interested in disconnecting from the mainstream, learning to
support ourselves by growing our own organic vegetables, utilizing
natural building methods to construct our barn and dwelling structures,
making our own household products like soap and shampoo, reviving
traditional agricultural and lifestyle practices, and living in
Our farm is organized and run cooperatively. We grow a diversity of annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and fruits to sustain us throughout the year, and we sell our surplus. Our orchard consists of over 40 varieties of cold-hardy fruit and nut trees and berries.
We are using natural building methods, as well as local and salvaged materials when possible, to construct our farm's infrastructure. Our completed projects include a mobile chicken tractor and a self-sufficient tiny home with rainwater harvesting and wood-burning stove. We are in the process of completing a traditional New England timber framed barn on a rammed tire "Earthship" foundation.
|Traditional timber frame barn with white cedar staggered shingle roof on rammed tire foundation (in progress)|