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Buy or build a house in our intentional community in East Chatham, NY
We are in the deep, dog days of Summer here with really humid days weighing down on us. Everyone has been fairly quiet here all summer, with camping trips, family visits, and other travels for many of our members and other residents, and activity around the land hasn't been as high as in summers past.
We have had very little rain here this summer so our grass hasn't needed the attention it usually does, requiring less mowing work for those who take up that task. Our gardens are producing and have required plenty of supplemental water due to the drought. We can be very thankful for abundant and deep wells.
We were excited to have a student from Hamilton College come and spend a few days with us. She received a grant through her college for a summer research project around Intentional Communities. Her Spirit was light and friendly, and the children of the community immediately took to her and thought of her as part of our own family. She assisted around the community gardens, went out into the wider community and visited Camphill Copake, and took advantage of our gorgeous tenting area with a built platform. We were sad to see her leave after such a short visit but hope to share this space with her again in the future.
One QIVCer has spent the summer in San Francisco for a terrific professional opportunity and he's been sorely missed. Partly filling his shoes by living with his family and helping with their small kids were summer guests from Houston - Miriam and her two children, all of whom took to QIVC like fish to water. They contributed to the community in many ways and made heartfelt connections that will last long after their return home.
Fall is just around the corner and with that the beginning of school for a majority of our children and a return to more regular rhythms. Our apple trees aren't producing any fruit this year so the autumn harvests will be different than in last year's. We are beginning to see a shift in the light as the Earth begins its tilt away from the Sun, leaving us to relish in these last Summer days with hope and maybe a little relief.
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In the Farmhouse
Who we are
We are currently a community of six member households and several others interested in membership, living close to the land on 135 acres of mixed woodland and pasture. We range in age from infant to 70s, with 17 adults and 11 children. We strive to live spirit-focused lives that are simple, sustainable, and joyful, benefitting from and enjoying our close connections with each other and the land. We don't all need to identify explicitly as Quaker. We welcome diversity of all sorts. (More about us)
Where we are
We are in the gorgeous Hudson Valley of upstate New York (2.5 hours from NYC/Boston, 10 minutes from our local Quaker Meeting), in the foothills of the Berkshires.
How we live
We are thriving in a range of green homes such as strawbale, slip and chip timberframe, stickbuilt, passive solar; many of us built our own. Many of us farm our land organically, raise chickens, sheep, and other livestock, and produce piles of pesto. We also support several local farms through CSA shares (that's Community Supported Agriculture). We use Quaker processes in our self-government, including consensus that seeks God's will, discernment, and the clearness process. We value equality, diversity of experience and viewpoints, and deep listening. We come together around five guiding intentions:
Our Five Intentions
We believe conscious culture creation in community can be a means to advance our intentions:
1. To live in worship, increasing our mindfulness, spiritual focus, and God-centeredness by intertwining our daily lives with others who share these intentions
2. To create a village setting that values and engages participation by people of all ages, expands our experience of family, and supports our expression in the world.
3. To create wealth that embodies integrity and Truth by carefully examining our engagement in the current economic order and stepping away from its destructive elements
4. To live in unity & harmony with the earth by considering the near and far environmental impact of our actions while striving for thrivability
5. To include a good measure of joy, fun, creativity, and service in our lives
We believe that our communities' success in achieving these five intentions will be aided by membership diverse in race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, and economic situations, and therefore it is our aim to gather a community whose members are diverse in these ways as well as others.
If you have questions about QIV-C and would like to find out more or visit us, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Noah Palmer at 518-392-0289 (between 9 and 9 please).