The leaves are turning, the mornings are crisp even when the afternoons are warm, and mowing has given way to apple-picking and now to more firewood work and planning for snow removal. Kids are back to school and we've already had our first fire in the Farmhouse woodstove. It's Fall!
In late September we had our annual cider-pressing Rhythm Day. We had lots of apples from friends' orchards, and we started the day by picking apples from some of our "wild" apple trees on the Land and from some of the apple trees Jens has planted over the years on the slope behind East House. All day long we washed apples, chopped apples, loaded them into the big cider press, cranked down the plunger with ever-more muscular turns of the handle, and watched the cider pour out into buckets. Then it was strained and poured into containers...endless containers...a hundred containers? We all drank what we wanted while we worked, or--in the case of the little kids--played around on the grass, tractor, and cart. At the end of the day we had lots of cider, a cart full of pressed apples to make the sheep happy and possibly drunk, and a bunch of tired community members and friends. As usual it was a fun, messy, delicious, long day.
This fall we've gained some permanent sheep fencing, some new Shetland sheep for the flock, and a lot of produce from our gardens and trees hat has been canned, frozen, and dried to nourish us in the coming seasons. Besides a fantastic apple year, we were deluged with sweet yellow plums, peaches, and kale that has taken over the gardens of Jens and Dan. In the realm of idea production, we've come almost to the end of a year-plus period of working out many policies and procedures that help us work together as a community and open ourselves up to different kinds of residents.
As we move into late Fall and Winter, we continue to welcome interested visitors--especially on Fridays for potluck. Let us know if you'd like to come find out more about our community.
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Who we are
We are currently a community of six member households and two families interested in membership, living close to the land on 135 acres of mixed woodland and pasture. We range in age from infant to 60s, with 14 adults and 13 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 memberships diverse in race, age, ethnicity, sexual preference, and economic situations, and therefore it is our aim to gather communities 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 qiv-c@qivp .org or call Spee Braun at 518-392-0891 (between 9 and 9 please).