Hundredfold Farm Cohousing Community

"a place to grow"

Hundredfold Farm Cohousing, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Becoming A Member Of Hundredfold Farm Cohousing Community

The members of Hundredfold Farm Cohousing Community have developed the following pathway for those who are interested in exploring the possibility of joining. The intent of this process is to allow prospective members the time to learn about us, for us to learn about you, and for you to share in our process.


Newcomer

Friend

Active Friend

Member


Newcomer: Newcomers are people who have contacted us for information. They may or may not ultimately become members. At this stage, they would just like to know more about us, and to be kept up-to-date regarding the activities of our community.

To be considered a Newcomer we ask for :

  • Your name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
  • A brief description of what “community” means to you, and what it is about Hundredfold Farm that interests you

In return, we provide:

  • An orientation and tour of Hundredfold Farm

Friend: Friends are those folks who continue to have an interest in our community and also for those who would like to continue on the membership pathway.

To be considered a Friend we ask for :

  • A brief written biography of the individuals in your household

In return, we:

  • Introduce you to all current members of our community
  • Give you an open invitation to all gatherings and events
  • Include you in our “invitation only” email list serve and archive
  • Coordinate the selection of a mentor for those who are continuing along the membership pathway

Active Friend: Active Friends are folks who contribute to discussions and participate in the work required to maintain our community. This work may include helping at the garden or tree farm, making community dinner, and participating in committees.

To be considered an Active Friend we ask for :

  • Completion of our "Living in Community" questionnaire
  • Completed confidential Hundredfold Farm Personal Financial Statement for those seriously contemplating becoming Members

In return, we provide :

  • The "Living in Community" questionnaires of current members
  • Copies of our legal documents (e.g., Joint Venture Agreement, Condominium Agreement)
  • The opportunity to participate in all discussions and consensus processes, only limited by the right to block consensus

Member: Members are those who have decided to join the Hundredfold Farm Community.

To become a Member you will need to:

  • Attend a meeting with the Clearness Committee
  • Provide a $20,000 deposit towards the purchase of a lot
  • Communicate your plan for paying for your home

In return, we provide :

  • All rights, privileges and obligations as defined by the Condominium Agreement, and/or other legal documentation
  • Stakeholder status in all processes and decision-making
  • One heck of a welcoming party

Clearness Committee

Hundredfold Farm has borrowed the concept of “clearness” from the Religious Society of Friends. The term refers to an ad hoc group that is formed to help members and prospective members facing major decisions. The community members, together with the person seeking clearness, choose the committee. In meeting with prospective members, the Clearness Committee seeks to ascertain the person’s knowledge and acceptance of the principles and practices of Hundredfold Farm, and to explain the responsibilities and opportunities inherent in membership. Are we right for each other? Do we all know as much as we can about issues that will affect all of us once this decision is made?

Hundredfold Farm does not use clearness as an exclusionary device (such as condominium members voting to accept or exclude), but as a way to achieve clarity among the existing members and prospective members.