Hundredfold Farm Cohousing Community

"a place to grow"

Hundredfold Farm Cohousing, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Member Biographies

Hartzell Household
Hammann Household
Knight-Cisneros Household
Maginnis Household
Pierce Household
Plotkin Household
Miller Household
Bolen-Miller Household

Hartzell Household

Sandy was born in 1958 in Gettysburg.  She has been developing her private educational therapy business over the last few years and enjoys returning the smiles to the faces of kids that struggle with learning.  Interests include education (she teaches in the public schools and homeschooled her two boys, Ben and Sam), composting, and gardening. When time permits, she hopes to return to weaving and learning Spanish. She promised her boys that if they moved away from their friends in a cohousing community in WA State, that she would create a community where they could have new cohousing friends. Her original idea was to create a CSA on the farm but she instead became friends with a local CSA grower. She participates in all community efforts which increase on-site food production.

Bill, born in 1959, feels very fortunate to have had a varied and interesting career. Before Hundredfold Farm, he worked as an officer aboard a research ship, as an environmental scientist for a west coast power company, and as a project manager for an engineering firm that developed wind power projects. Presently, he teaches environmental science and biology at the local community college. In 2012, he began a three year term as a member of the Cohousing Association of the United States board. His interests include having time with his family, anything having to do with water and wind, reading, and finding a good place to set up his telescope. 

Ben, born in Seattle in 1988, spent his teenage years living at Hundredfold throughout its development. Although he currently lives and works in the Midwest, he still makes appearances at Hundredfold from time to time. Having spent most of his life involved in cohousing on both coasts, he is a firm believer in the importance and value of community.

Sam was born in Seattle in 1991. Sam is currently a collegian, but has fond memories of a truly buccaneering, imaginative youth spent in parallel with Hundredfold's own growing up. Although he sometime comments that he has heard the song "Tis a Gift to Be Simple" sung perhaps one too many times, he secretly believes that there is great value in both community and simplicity.

Hammann Household

Lou Hammann came to the planet in the year of the Great Depression, 1929. He entered by way of Baltimore. There he attended high school  and then continued his education at Gettysburg College (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), Penn State (M.A.) and Temple University (Ph D).

In Baltimore, his family was in both the wholesale and retail fish business. When living at home, he worked regularly at the fish markets. In 1956 he was offered a position on the Religion faculty of Gettysburg College. The personal/professional story between then and 2008 is complicated to say the least.

Beginning in 1968 he began his travels: First to Japan, then Taiwan, Pakistan, Central America (Nicaragua and Mexico), Italy, Germany, Holland, England, and North America.  In the meanwhile, Patricia and he were married in 1952; while “struggling through Yale,” Diane was born. While serving churches in St. Charles, Missouri, Tricia was born, in 1955. Sandy was born in our second year in Gettysburg, 1958; Mary in 1961, and Rebecca, while we were on study leave in Maryland, 1963. In another meanwhile, he has written a couple of books, managed a variety of academic departments and taught full time. 

Between October 1999 and June 2000, Patricia and he were involved in civil disobedience in D.C. on behalf of Campaign Finance Reform. Eventually we teamed up with a senior citizen from New Hampshire, Doris Haddock aka Granny D, continuing our commitment to campaign finance reform. And at last in 1997 we launched the efforts that created Hundredfold Farm. To tell that story in full would take another web site. But in another meanwhile, both of us joined a national organization, Alliance for Democracy, that allowed us to maintain fairly steady political engagements. I served on the National Council of AfD from 1999 to the present. We are also active in the local Democracy for America and in a variety of other local causes.


I (Patricia Rogers Hammann) am going to assume that you already know about me what my husband Lou has told you in his bio, in regard to our immediate family.

I’ll start as he did nearer to the beginning. As Lou is proud of his fishmonering past, I would point to my political past. My parents were quite influenced by the turn of the 20th century pro-socialist/Progressive movements. Then, in the 1930’s, under F.D.R. my father played a rather large part in bringing electricity to rural Virginia via Rural Electrification Administration, a cooperative and not a corporation. That is when the corporate powers managed to cut off his salary and I experienced the great depression with a vengeance.  For years thereafter, and without a salary, he never stopped wearing out cars while bringing electricity to farmers. Then came WW II when we moved to Baltimore for war work at Martin’s Aircraft. In the early 1960’s Mother and Father retired to a square mile of woods in Louisa County, Virginia. They spent the last part of their life fighting against the North Anna Nuclear Power Plant and nuclear power in general. They knew that the plant was built on a geological fault, so when recently an earthquake ended its potential to produce electricity no one should have been surprised.

Lou makes it seem that we’ve done a lot of world traveling, but compared to friends we’ve done little. Much of Lou’s traveling has been “professional.” Meanwhile mothering five girls took much stay-at-home time. I taught school about 13 years, starting when the youngest started to school.

The first books that alerted me to the environmental crisis were Barry Commoners The Closing Circle and Jeremy Rifkins’s Entropy and, of course, many books since. We did everything we could to use less energy in home and travel when President Carter tried to wake up the country to the coming shortages. With a little research, I found the Honda VX which gets 50 miles a gallon of gas ands since 1980, we’ve owned three of them. 

As we got more and more agitated we first participated in getting arrested for Campaign Finance Reform in the D.C Capitol Rotunda—but Lou told you about that.

 Finally, with our middle daughter’s family move from Seattle, WA the plan for a co-housing community came home. We decided to throw caution to the wind and do as much as we could to show how to live self-sufficiently.

Thus began Hundredfold Farm. We are a real cross section of humanity here, not immune from some conflict. But everyone publically professes a concern for the planet and for community. What more can you wish for than to save a lovely 80 acres and live with as small a footprint on the planet as possible? You should see the gorgeous view out of our windows. There are real benefits for now and for life in the future here at Hundredfold Farm.

Knight-Cisneros Household

Mark Knight, the eldest in a family of six, grew up on a cattle farm on the PA/West Virginia border. He attended a seminary run by the Capuchin Franciscans and studied existential phenomenology in college. After getting his masters in social work he moved to DC and worked for many years in associations focused on social change. For the last seven years, he has worked in affordable housing finance in the DC and Maryland. He is active in membership and finance aspects of Hundredfold Farm and looks forward to building a house there in 2008.

Mario Cisneros came to the U.S. in 1983 from his home in Quito, Ecuador. He grew up as number 8 in a family of 9 children. After seeing much of the world in the U.S. Navy he settled into a career as a draftsman. He is a marathon runner (has finished the Marine Corps Marathon) three times and a long-distance cyclist (threeAIDS rides including one in 1998 from San Francisco to Los Angeles). Mario loves being a Papi to Moises and hopes to raise animals at Hundredfold Farm. He operates a residential and commercial design and permit management firm and assists members to produce plans for their homes at Hundredfold Farm.

Moises Cisneros-Knight was born in the Manta region of Ecuador in September 1999. He came to live with Mario and Mark in March of 2000. He's in third grade and especially likes science and animals. He has a kitten named Solly, a Pekinese named Peppy and a tank full of tropical fish.

Maginnis Household

Ann was born in 1948 and is librarian by trade.  She was born and raised in a small town on the coast of Connecticut. Soon after moving to the D.C. area 20 years ago, she discovered the Shenandoah National Park. She hikes its rugged trails several times each year. She has been active in the local Sierra Club and involved in stream cleanups in the Northern Virginia area.  Hundredfold Farm offers the opportunity to have an extended family and to work with like-minded people to preserve and protect this parcel of 80 acres that Fate has bestowed upon this community.

Pierce Household

David began this life in 1942, growing up and attending school and graduate school in the Midwest before moving to the DC area in 1972. He is busy pursuing his second career in alternative healing (including hypnotherapy, psychic education, and reiki), having retired in 2000 from his first as a statistician in academia and federal government. His daughter and son-in-law have active careers and lives in the San Francisco Bay area. David’s interests in a rural environment, sustainability & self-sufficiency, organic eating & living, intentional community, and planetary stewardship all merge at Hundredfold.

Plotkin Household

Gretchen, born in 1943, spent a busy childhood in Methodist parsonages around New York’s Capital District. After many years working in theater, she returned to school to study nursing, inspired by the physical changes of her first pregnancy. Her journey through this profession took her to large urban and small rural hospitals, Public Health nursing, infection control, and nursing education. She and Joel spent the academic in 1998-99 as volunteer teachers at Universities in Jimma, Ethiopia. Gretchen 's life has been forever changed by the suffering and service she experienced in her clinical practice there. She is active in growing perennial flowers creating landscaping and  tending the community organic vegetable garden at HFF.

Joel, born in 1943, grew up in a housing project in the Bronx, and has since sought greener surroundings. He and his family moved to rural upstate New York and built their own home, an experience that convinced him the tasks of building and living need to be shared. He has worked as an actor and stage director, and taught at both college and secondary levels. He currently performs with Synergy in action Playback Theater and the Maryland Playback Ensemble. He and Gretchen take joy in sharing the Hundredfold experience with their adult children, grandchildren, and extended international family and friends.

Miller Household

Linda was born in upstate New York and raised in a small village 35 miles west of Philly. After receiving a B.S. in math from Lebanon Valley College, she married and eventually settled in a 200 year old log house in rural Bethel, PA to raise 5 children. Once her children were raised and married, with their own families, she decided to explore the world. She traveled both near and far to Thailand and Vietnam, to Germany and Bermuda and twice to Brazil doing volunteer work, living in Canada, California, Boston, and finally settling at Hundredfold Farm. She lives with her mother, who will be 100 in September of 2013, and rents rooms to help cover the cost of living here. She has started Octopus's Garden CSA and enjoys selling her organically grown vegetables at local markets.

Bolen-Miller Household

Rosie

Aaron