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The trees have been beautiful this fall and a bountiful raspberry harvest (second crop of the year) continued until the last days of October. The unsteady weather has produced both crisp frost-covered fields in the mornings and confused dandelions by the roadside in November. As the leaves inevitably fall from the trees, we find ourselves gradually settling into the rhythms of the cold season on the land-fewer visitors, less impromptu socializing outdoors.
But over the summer and fall, we extended many welcomes as a community. Hana, Noah and their toddler Lev have moved onto the land and into the Red House as renters who are exploring the possibility of membership. Jens and Eric's parents, Helen and Gene, visited from Ecuador for much of the summer. The first week of September saw the Farmhouse filled with young people from the Agile Learning Center in NYC, joining with the ALC home-schooling community here in Chatham (Cloudhouse
). QIV-C was momentarily swelled with the energy to build forts, dance 'round trees, and be werewolves.
Adrian and Mark, our first international short-term intentional residents (STIRs), were here for 11 too-short weeks exploring their own calling to intentional community as part of their year-long "purposeful adventure." You can read about their experiences on Mark’s blog
. They brought joy and light to the community as "hearthkeepers" in the farmhouse, generous friends, and silly-game hosts extraordinaire. Their absence has ushered in the new season and has left the farmhouse waiting expectantly for future guests.
Now in mid-fall there is still work to be done and fun to be had outside--wood collecting, bucking, and splitting, harvesting those last persistent heads of kale, and quite spectacularly, picking those raspberries after not one, not two, but three frosts. New arrivals Hana and Noah slaughtered their old laying hens--a deeply spiritual process for everyone involved--and made delicious chicken soup for the community. Dee moved her office onto the land, Spee traveled to Oslo for work, and Ellen presented on her research at a midwifery conference. Jens continues work on his green-roofed, timber-frame house addition, which is supported by an overturned tree trunk at its center, with its roots reaching out to hold up the big wooden beams.
Two of our teenagers have started boarding school at nearby Buxton, a progressive boarding high-school. Other kids from 1 to 18 are variously homeschooling, riding horses, working while taking a gap year before college, and beginning to toddle all over the land and "help" stack firewood.
Gardens are being put to bed for the winter, and pigs and grown lambs will soon go to the slaughterhouse as we complete our yearly agricultural cycle. As it gets darker earlier every day, we already find ourselves spending more time drinking tea by the fire and entering a time of greater introspection. Meanwhile, may the kale survive for months and months!
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Who we are
We are currently a community of seven member households and one family 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 15 adults and 14 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 qiv-c@qivp .org or call Spee Braun at 518-392-0891 (between 9 and 9 please).