The FEC is a “union of Egalitarian Communities which have joined together in a common struggle to create a lifestyle based on Equality, Cooperation, and Harmony with the Earth”.
At Eastbrook, we wish to build an egalitarian and democratic intensional community at the farm and actively seek individuals, couples and families with similar cooperative aspirations who resonate with these principles and wish to join us in community. We can also be an egalitarian income sharing community without formally joining the FEC. [but what are the advantages of joining?] We are a growing and cooperative community and will remain adaptable to the needs and suggestions of our worker members as we grow and mature.
Here are some published principles we aspire to that describe the intensions and guidelines with which we wish to grow as individuals, extended family and a Permaculture/land-based community:
Federation of Egalitarian Community Members:
- Hold their land, labor, income and other resources in common.
- Assume responsibility for the needs of their members, receiving the products of their labor and distributing these and all other goods equally, or according to need.
- Practice non-violence.
- Use a form of decision making in which members have an equal opportunity to participate, either through consensus, direct vote, or right of appeal or overrule.
- Actively work to establish the equality of all people and do not permit discrimination on the basis of race, class, creed, ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
- Act to conserve natural resources for present and future generations while striving to continually improve ecological awareness and practice.
- Create processes for group communication and participation and provides an environment which supports people’s development.
Please visit the FEC website to learn more about this movement.
To Share (income) or Not to Share…
Eastbrook Farm shares the values of and aspires to attain FEC membership in the future, but we are also open to exploring possibilities with potential community members who may not be seeking a shared income. Perhaps you are seeking a homestead of your own and may be interested in a Community Land Trust or equity-sharing type of arrangement. Let’s talk and brainstorm possibilities together.
We are just starting up and don’t have a lot of income yet, but we are confident of doing well and are willing to share what we have.
Shared Housing and Independent Homesteads
Currently there is shared housing available in a large farmhouse for those who wish to join as worker coop members. There are also opportunities on the land for independent homesteads, yurts, even tent sites. Perhaps there could be workshops or work parties that result in “tiny houses”, cobb structures or domes buildings.
The land has good soil, multiple springs, a large stream, and is in the beautiful western Catskills about 2 miles from Walton, NY, 15 miles from the Ag and Tech college town of Delhi and 150 miles from New York City.
Sound interesting? Contact us to talk more about how you resonate with these principles and how you can help us create a thriving and fun egalitarian community.