Mission Statement: To provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.
Providing a space: This is really what the co-op is all about, on the most basic level. For us members, the co-op will provide a space that we can finally call our own, a space where we can pour our creative energies and manifest our common vision of a sustainable community. For visitors, the co-op will provide a space that is free from the stresses of mainstream society, where they can witness and learn about an alternative way of life.
Teaching and practice: The co-op is more than an organic farm, it's a place where we can all grow as individuals. It's a place for sharing knowledge through the products we sell, and through events, workshops, and volunteering. The co-op gives us the opportunity to put our skills into practice, to develop a way of life that resonates with our ideals. This way we're always experimenting, always learning, and through our example we're teaching others as well.
Sustainable Skills: Sustainability is our common ideal, guiding us in all of our actions. It's the ability to look beyond our immediate desires, to look deeper inside ourselves, farther into the future, and consider the long-term implications of our actions. Our main concern is the enduring wellbeing of everyone and everything on the planet. What our work is all about is developing and sharing skills that move us towards this ideal. Whether we're developing skills related to cooperative economics, community development, conscious communication, organic farming, natural building, or holistic health, they all share the common ideal of sustainability.
Organization of the Cooperative
Unadilla Community Farm is organized as an agricultural cooperative. Our intention is to establish a residential community of workers who manage and run the cooperative. Currently, we rely mainly on volunteer labor through our work-exchange program, in which volunteers work 30 hours per week in exchange for vegetarian/vegan organic meals and either a bed in our tiny home or a place to pitch their tent (see our Getting Involved page). We hope to foster the growth of our intentional community by encouraging interested volunteers to become cooperative members.
On-site co-op members are required to work a minimum number of hours (30 hours per week) and pay monthly upkeep fees while living on-site ($10/day, not exceeding $250/month). On-site co-op members are entitled to member shares in proportion to weeks worked per season. Whenever a member loans money to the cooperative, or makes a payment on its behalf, the cooperative will pay back this money through investment shares at an interest rate of 3.25% compounded monthly.