There is a new project happening in NY that may be of interest to some here looking for community. Below is one of the outreach letters we have been sending out. There is a lot of potential here: good dirt (the Rondout valley has some of the best dirt in NY), existing infrastructure, (in need of repair of course) connections to established community, and more. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions. We don't have a website set up ourselves yet, but some of the old sites below have some pics of the place from last year when a different operation was there. We are having the organizing meetings mostly in NYC at the moment, and the place upstate still has a few bedrooms left for visitors/ potential members etc.
Solidarity Farm NY:
An upstate worker cooperative / intentional community farm and retreat center serving other intentional communities and coops in NYC.
The Mission -
1) To provide nutrient-dense, organic, ethical food to the cooperatively minded of the greater NYC area.
2) To provide opportunities for retreat, recreation, connection, and education in transformative living skills like permaculture, regenerative farming, cooperative living, personal development, and more.
3) To provide a home, a community, and right-livelihood to those drawn by this vision and the values embodied within it. There will be a place here for anyone who wants to not just work hard, but to discover if a commitment to a democratic worker cooperative and intentional community life is for them.
The Place - The location is a former Catskills retreat in Kerhonkson NY in the rich Rondout Valley. (After renovation) there will be 20 bedrooms, abundant community spaces, artist and craft workspaces, commercial kitchen and sustainable food education space, and more.
Business Plans - We are getting the farm business started by selling whole-farm shares to communities and coops in NYC. We are initially offering community-sized CSA shares: a bulk delivery of veggies/eggs/meat delivered each week to the respective community/coop house. (note- we will be developing other market opportunities as well, so people can also be involved in this from the ground up.)
Ganas, an intentional community in Staten Island with 70 members will be an "anchor" customer. One of the side benefits of the project is a place to stay in a community in NYC on days off, delivery days, etc. and be connected to a growing network of intentional community in NYC!