Don’t you just love the countryside? Haven’t you always wanted a farm? Or at least one you can visit as a “regular”?
Are you concerned about a possible major economic disruption in the US in the next few years?
Would you like to set up a little emergency back up plan, outside of the standard insurance and economic patterns?
How about joining with a few people to create a shared farm, out in the boonies, where you could retreat to if you needed a little time out of the city?
How about having a “residential CSA” where you own a piece of the production from the farm and can enjoy the good food and fresh air whenever you want?
Have you ever wanted to have a farm but have realized it would be much too expensive for your family, diverting resources from other needs?
Have you been thinking that perhaps it would be a good idea, for a variety of reasons, to have a place in the countryside where you could move some of your finances into real long-term productive assets?
Well, join us. We are creating a social enterprise to meet the needs of families like yours. The farm we are creating will be a refuge in times of peace and times of concern. The farm will be a community of like-minded families interested in cooperating in light of economic instability. The farm will be professionally managed to produce food and other products that your family can use, sell or donate as you see fit. The farm will give you peace of mind in a lot of ways.
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- 25 shares at $50,000
- Designed like a co-housing eco-village, managed like a condo association
- A common facility like an inn or collective clubhouse
- Each family has their own “eco-cottage” spread out across the property
- The farm is run by an on-site farming family, with seasonal help
- Production is focused on seasonal produce but also long-term appreciation
- Shareholders will create a community at the farm, like a vacation community in good times, like a lifeboat in strife
Here are some photos of a possible location, taken in the winter. It was at the end of a very long dirt road, quite isolated. There might be some better views of the Green or White Mountains from higher up on the property. At any rate, it’s one of many old farms for sale, about 2.5 hours from Boston and 30 minutes from a major medical center in the north country. Though it may have not worked out for the original dairy farming family, it could come back to life with the right capitalization and management plan. We’re thinking about a diverse mix of production – small livestock like chickens and pigs, sheep for fiber, maybe larger animals at some point. Managing the forest for multiple products including timber, maple, mushrooms and specialty products. Building some renewable energy production so the place can function without the grid. Improving the small pond on the site for aquaculture. The sky is the limit in terms of looking at permaculture and other means of perennial production. There’ll have to be some apples growing so we can eventually make some nice apple cider and maybe even a brandy someday!
Use your imagination!
A few hillside pastures in sunny Vermont!
Looking down on the rambling old farmhouse…
Here’s the old farm road passing the barn.
Here’s the link to the Artists’ Rendition of “Year Five at the Farm” [coming soon]
This will be the link to the shareholder prospectus [coming soon]
We’ll also have a draft budget of the Co-Farm Association, Partnership Protocols and Guidelines (the By-laws) and a couple of job descriptions for staff.
Bios of the principals and our relevant experience will also be posted.
Thanks for your interest!
-Grey Lee and Darien Crimmin
Examples of a hill farm: The Merck Forest and Farmland Center
Here’s a picture of what our farm could look like – note the windmill barely visible in the middle of the picture on the left. The solar trackers are from Yestermorrow, actually, not Merck.
A little farm village could be assembled.
Each family has their own eco-lodge on the property, but spends a lot of time in the common buildings at the center.
Whether we have to worry about the collapse of civilization or just the usual things, having a place like a farm in Vermont with an organized, committed group and a well-run productive farm and forestry operation would be a wonderful place to know you could go to, whenever you wanted, to enjoy a little peace and quiet.