Caring, Paring & Sharing
We want our community to emerge not from holding meetings, but from small, daily and spontaneous encounters with each other that occur while walking from the car to the house, picking up the mail in the commonhouse, chatting together in the laundry room, preparing a community meal or building a tree house together.
While our written vision statement is quite concise, the cornerstone of our common vision for Hundredfold Farm may be expressed as Caring, Paring, & Sharing.
Working in partnership with the 80 acre piece of land that is Hundredfold Farm – after preserving this Christmas tree farm from subdivision and shifting it to organic farming methods – we are committed to keeping the interests of the land foremost in all our decisions. This is why we are clustering the homes on six acres, siting the community on the steeper portions of the property that is less suitable for gardening, are working with the natural contours of the land in laying out the community, and giving much thought to where to site gardens and activities.
Reducing our ecological footprint – this value underlies decisions about incorporating active and passive solar power into the homes, a system which recycles our waste water for reuse as flush, laundry and irrigation water, growing our own food, vigorous recycling of everything from banana peels to beer bottles to batteries. We are continually seeking ways to reduce our consumption of non-renewables and live more lightly on the land.
An ethic of finding ways to community as it naturally arises from living lives that consciously intersect with the lives of others. We are building detached, single-family homes – consistent with the zoning in our township – but our group is equally excited about creating those spaces that we will use together – the modifications of the existing farmhouse that will be our common house, community buildings like sauna, gazebo, sitting garden or woodworking space.