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 situated on 12 acres of field and forest, located alongside a growing Amish community, 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 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 a seasonal accredited internship program, which has attracted interns from North & South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and New Zealand. Interns will gain hands-on experience in low-till organic farming, regenerative agroforestry, permaculture, natural building, and food preservation.
|Our raised beds|
Our farm is organized and run cooperatively. We grow a diversity of organic annual and perennial vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and fruits to sustain us throughout the year. Our orchard consists of over 50 varieties of cold-hardy fruit and nut trees and berries. We sell to local natural food stores and restaurants in our region, and we offer a CSA program for families in our area. We also donate to our local food bank, and the regional Farm-to-School program.
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 solar panel, rainwater collection, 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 framed barn on a rammed tire Earthship foundation (in construction)|