St. Francis Farm is an intentional community where people from varied backgrounds come together to live an alternative to the consumer culture and to cultivate communion. Our life is rooted in care for the land, in presence to other people, and in faithfulness to that which unites all living creatures. We attentively enjoy and sustainably use the land. We offer prayerful presence and practical assistance. Help and presence are freely given and received, not bought and sold.
We seek to create a space that is intentional, inclusive, & safe. We invite people of all faith traditions (& those who claim none, but who cherish the intrinsic value of all living creatures) to take time for reflection and prayer, to share their skills and their stories, & to learn from and listen to others.
St. Francis Farm has been a Catholic Worker community offering various forms of presence and outreach since 1976. When current community members arrived in 2001 we raised more of our own food, shared fresh produce with neighbors, and helped people learn low-cost sustainable farming. This seemed especially important as we hosted migrant workers injured on nearby commercial farms. The land has provided food, meaningful work, and a beautiful space to share with kids coming for mentoring, elders coming for visits, volunteers coming to live an alternative to the consumer culture, etc.
As some community members move on, we seek new members. Willingness to do manual labor and learn skills, and to live and work respectfully with people of different backgrounds and abilities, are important.
Most of our 180 acres are wooded. We have nature trails. We harvest firewood and lumber. We also have hayfields, gardens, a small orchard, pastures, goats, chickens, rabbits & a pig.
We give fresh food away. We sell lumber on a small scale.
More info at https://www.stfrancisfarm.org/new-members/
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 3
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
People interested in joining our community should go to our website, read the information for new community members at https://www.stfrancisfarm.org/new-members/, fill out the linked application, and contact us.
The three people who currently constitute the core community have been on the land (sometimes with others) since 2001. In 2003 St. Francis Farm Community was officially organized as a nonprofit organization. Now one member in her upper sixties is retiring, another is moving away to start a small business, and the remaining member is looking for new people with whom she can share work and life.