Founded in 2014 by millennial first-generation farmers who met through the international WWOOF network, Unadilla Community Farm is an off-grid fruit & vegetable farm and non-profit permaculture education center, situated on 11 acres of field and forest in West Edmeston, in central New York State. The Unadilla River, which runs alongside our farm, gets its name from the indigenous Oneidan word for “a meeting place.” And at its very core, Unadilla Community Farm is just that – a place for people to come together, learn valuable skills from one another, and celebrate our togetherness with each other and with the natural world.
Our mission is to provide a space for the teaching and practice of sustainable skills.
This is what Unadilla Community Farm is all about, on the most basic level. The farm provides a space where we can pour our creative energies and manifest our common vision of a sustainable community free from the stresses of mainstream society, where we can participate in and learn about an alternative way of life.
Unadilla Community Farm is more than a farm, it’s a place where we can all grow as individuals. It’s a place for sharing knowledge through the products we offer, and through events, workshops, and our internship program. It gives us the opportunity to put our skills into practice, to develop a way of life that resonates with our ideals. This way we’re always experimenting, always learning, and through our example we’re teaching others as well.
Sustainability is our common ideal, guiding us in all of our actions. It’s the ability to look beyond our immediate desires, to look deeper inside ourselves, farther into the future, and consider the long-term implications of our actions. Our main concern is the enduring well-being of everyone and everything on the planet. What our work is all about is developing and sharing skills that move us towards this ideal. Whether we’re developing skills related to off-grid homesteading, organic farming, natural building, artisanal crafts, or holistic health, sustainability is the common ideal.
Our work centers on providing education and training in sustainable agriculture and natural building, and providing access to fresh produce for low-income and low-access communities.
We are showcasing a range of cutting-edge sustainable agriculture practices. Our off-grid center grows 200+ varieties of annual and perennial cold-hardy fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and herbs. We are regenerating the land after decades of conventional monocropping, transforming an abandoned corn field into an edible food forest. As a center for sustainable education and a member of USDA’s Conservation Stewardship Program and New York State’s Climate Resilient Farming Program, we showcase a diversity of USDA NRCS recommended conservation practices, such as rainwater collection, multi-story and alley cropping, no-till management, wildlife habitat planting, heavy mulching, on-site composting, crop rotation, and high tunnels.
Founded in 2014, Unadilla Community Farm Education Center Inc became incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2020.
Through our holistic focus on teaching sustainable skills, we showcase a wide diversity of practices. Tying together all of these areas are: 1) ecological sustainability, meaning lessening our environmental footprint by growing food and producing goods in a way that enhances the natural ecosystem; 2) ethics, meaning producing or sourcing products in a way that upholds human and animal rights; and 3) accessibility, meaning showcasing farming, building, and other techniques that are easily transferable, replicable, and low-cost.