Seeking New Members!
Buy or build a house in our intentional community in East Chatham, NY
Rhythm Days: Quarterly, on the occasion of each solstice, we come together as a community to remember our inseparable connection to the Earth and her seasons. We express our gratitude for the cycles of darkness and Light, birth and death, growth and harvest, abundance and fasting.
Traditionally, in the fall, we make cider. We gather apples from our own trees and from those of neighbors and friends, and using a hand-powered press we make cider that lasts through the winter and early spring when containers emerge from freezers throughout our community.
Last year, for some reason, there were so few apples that we had only enough to make a small number of apple pies. This year, as if the energy saved from a low output last year could no longer be contained, trees all over our area had more apples than their branches could hold - literally! More than one friend told us of branches with a six-inch diameter breaking under its load of apples. We estimate we made nearly 100 gallons of cider!
The abundance of this harvest season was not restricted to apples. Our canning shelves include tomatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce, and various jams and jellies. Our freezers are packed with stuffed peppers, soups, raspberries, and pesto (both garlic scape and basil), and will soon hold pork, lamb, and turkey. In the cold storage are potatoes, onions, and varieties of squash. Still in the gardens are kale, brussel sprouts, and a few scarlet runner beans. We are even eating late season salads!
Our blessings abound!
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Come to our OPEN HOUSE!
2:00-4:00 pm on Saturday, Nov. 7
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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).