Formed: 2004 Established: 2008
This page last updated:7/6/2012
Ithaca, New York,
(in Danby, 5 miles south of Ithaca, NY)
Danby, New York,
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Affordable CoHousing with Homesteading Focus
We are currently seeking new members to make their home in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of New York. We are a group of people from all walks of life building a sustainable neighborhood on 120 acres in Danby, New York, near Ithaca.
White Hawk membership is currently nine families and our numbers are growing. There are currently five families living at White Hawk. When completed we will have 30 homes sitting on approximately 10 acres of our 120 acres of farm, field, and forest.
We have monthly meetings, use consensus decision making, and encourage creativity and joyful neighborhood life.
One unique aspect of our community is that members are free to design their own homes, and not constrained to a few models selected by a developer! We can also provide economical & sustainable suggestions for those who would prefer more guidance. We support and encourage natural building methods such as straw bale, cob, cordwood, Earthship, dome, etc. The lots are in a circular form around the central common area and Common House.
We are people of all ages and ethnic backgrounds - we look forward to a diversity of skills, ideas, and talents, with the goal of passing down a thriving village to our children and their children. We have a common vision of a type of homesteading village and are already moving in that direction; skill-building, growing our own food (mainly through permaculture/edible forest gardens), animal husbandry (for milk/eggs/fiber), natural beekeeping, etc.
Our community is "on the grid" with electric, gas, phone, and internet, but some residents are moving toward off-grid independence. We encourage home-based businesses and bartering between residents to build local resilience.
Please visit our website or call 607-330-2609 for more information.
Status: Seeking New Members
This page last updated:7/6/2012
(Please do visit! Call or email to arrange your visit!)
Visitor Process: We encourage persons considering an intentional-community lifestyle to contact us and visit!
Please call 607-330-2609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit.
Many visitors prefer to visit during a meeting - we have them monthly, on Sundays, near the middle of the month. Please visit our website or contact us for the next meeting date if you are interested.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Comment: Diversity is an explicit part of our vision and mission.
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(We are currently seeking new neighbors!)
(with fallback voting)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Members must be able to finance the building of their homes.)
(We expect the labor contribution to be about 8 hours per month.)
($1000 membership fee is required, including a non-refundable $250 application fee.)
(Share of community expenses plus taxes)
Land and Buildings
(Rural countryside six miles outside of academic town of ithaca, NY)
120 acres (48.6 hectares)
(forests, agricultural, and village)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
(5 built, 30 planned)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Currently only personal gardens, goals include over 50% organic production, much permaculture)
Share Community Meals:
(Currently 1/month at potluck meetings, goal of 1/week optional community meals.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores all live here.)
(Alcohol is a personal choice.)
(Smoking is not prohibited. No members currently smoke.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(No common spiritual tradition. White Hawk members are from all paths and respect each other's choices.)
(Public, private, homeschool, and unschooling all practiced.)
(We are seeking new neighbors to build!)
Number of Units:
There will be 30 units in White Hawk Ecovillage.
White Hawk's Architectural Consultant and Construction Manager are noted for their work on Ecovillage at Ithaca, a recognized, successful model for co-housing.
Henry Peterson/Seven Cirlces LLC is the Owner/Developer of the White Hawk land. It is not a disinterested developer, Henry is the founding visionary of the village and will live here soon.
Chemung Canal Trust Company
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