We put this list together to help you get an idea of what it’s like to live at Stowe Farm Community. You will get a better idea when you visit. Attend a gathering, coffee klatch, workshop or work party, or set up an individual visit.
Get to know us! Its a gradual process, and its important to take the time needed.
- We are a rural community:
- 1 hour from the nearest large airport (Hartford, CT)
- 25 minutes from the hospital and services (Greenfield)
- 15 minutes from smaller shops, food co-op, etc. (Shelburne Falls)
- Our houses are clustered on a south-facing former orchard with a lovely view down the valley.
- Each household owns its ~¾ acre house lot and shares the remaining ~80 acres with 11 families. We make community decisions about building and land use.
- We strive for energy and space efficiency in our homes.
- Our homes are surrounded by fields, crops, farm animals, and farming activities, not manicured lawns.
- Some of us are involved in homesteading practices and agricultural or other sustainable business ventures. Others are not, but we all support these enterprises.
- We do grocery runs, but are striving to grow and raise much of our own food, and support local farmers for the rest.
- Paths to houses, community structures, greenhouse, and other areas of Stowe Farm are hilly. We get good workouts!
- Some of us have pets and are responsible pet owners.
- We use natural landscape and agricultural practices to avoid using harmful chemicals.
- We share a community truck, a tractor, and other useful tools and care for them responsibly.
- We purchase many of our large tools, equipment, and infrastructure (such as our greenhouse and storage sheds) as a community.
Ways we act as a Community:
- Tolerance, compassion and compromise are ongoing exercises to which we are committed. Our decision making process has enabled us to work through many differences.
- We value a diverse multi-generational neighborhood
- We are willing to give up some individual choices for the benefit of the community.
- We respect each other’s privacy. We all participate in some projects and social events.
- We celebrate our successes, enjoy the beauty of our surroundings, and are serious about keeping a sense of humor.
- We live here because we want to be good neighbors. We all contribute to creating a vibrant community in different ways: gardening, building, cooking, canning, helping with child, elder, or pet care, bookkeeping, organizing, being a good listener.