MEMBERSHIP TERMINOLOGY

  • GUEST- Personal guest of someone residing on the Farm. (They are not here to visit the Farm community) Pays nothing to The Foundation for up to two (2) weeks, then pays the visitor fee/bed tax of $2.00/day.

  • HOUSE SITTER - Someone who acts as a house sitter and will be staying for a definite amount of time decided between the house owner and sitter. House sitters who are solely in the community to temporarily care take someone’s home will be waived from having to pay a bed tax. The house sitter should have a Farm contact (resident full or permanent member) arranged by the house owner. The house sitter will sign a "Hold Harmless" agreement. The house owner should submit a formal request to the Membership Committee on the house sitter's behalf, and let the committee know who their contact person is.

  • VISITOR - Someone who is here to visit the Farm community for less than 30 days; needs to be connected with the Welcome Center. They can rent lodging and will pay the visitor fee/bed tax of$2.00/day.

  • INTERN - Someone staying in the community under written agreement with a non-profit or business entity. (Generally 4-6 weeks) Sponsoring entity is responsible for the $2.00/day payable to The Foundation.

  • EXTENDED VISITOR - Someone who is here to visit the Farm community for more than 30 days, needs to be connected with the Welcome Center and needs to have a sponsor.* They may be asked to pay more than the visitor fee/bed tax. They can rent lodging and should meet with the Membership Committee at their next available opening.

  • RESIDENT - Someone who has submitted and application and has been approved by the Membership Committee to live in the community, needs to have a sponsor*, and pays full dues (age appropriate) as rent to the Foundation. They may rent a house on the Farm.

  • PROVISIONAL MEMBER - Someone who has applied to and been approved by the Membership Committee for provisional membership in The Foundation. May build or purchase a home on the Farm. Pay full dues (age appropriate) as rent to The Foundation. Provisional members must wait one (1) year - six (6) months for approved returning members before they can be voted on for full membership in The Foundation. They may not vote unless authorized by the Membership Committee.

  • NON-RESIDENT PROVISIONAL MEMBER - Cannot vote; may maintain a house site or house here by paying one dues/rent per month per site or house; anyone who is not in residence for greater that two (2) years is required to meet with the Membership Committee before resettling again on the Farm - unless they have made other arrangements with the Membership Committee.

  • FULL MEMBER - Someone who has been approved (thru a vote of the members) for full membership in The Foundation. They are responsible for payment of the $3,000.00 per adult Membership fee, may leave and maintain a dwelling on the Farm, pays full dues (age appropriate) to The Foundation, and may vote in Foundation elections (subject to The Foundation by-laws regarding voter eligibility).

  • NON-RESIDENT FULL MEMBER - Cannot vote; may maintain a house site or house here by paying one dues per month per site or house; anyone who is not in residence for greater than two years is required to meet with the Membership Committee before resettling again on the Farm - unless they have made other arrangements with the Membership Committee. The definition of a Non-Resident Full Member is someone who resides on the Farm for less than nine (9) months per year, unless they have made other arrangements with the Membership Committee.

  • PERMANENT MEMBER - A full member of The Foundation who has paid the Membership Fee of $3000.00 and has been a full member in the community for a minimum of five (5) years. May leave the Farm and return at any time without re-applying for membership.

  • NON-RESIDENT PERMANENT MEMBER - Cannot vote; may maintain a house site or house here by paying one dues per month per site or house; they may return at any time.

  • SPONSOR DEFINITION -A full or permanent member in good standing, who resides in the community. The sponsor serves as interface with the Membership Committee and insures that the visitor/application process is understood and followed. Sponsors and sponsoring entities (for interns) are responsible for the collection of visitor fees/bed tax payable to The Foundation.

  • Sponsors are not responsible if the person they are sponsoring fails to pay their dues to The Foundation.

  • A sponsor is required until you are approved as a full member.

THE MEMBERSHIP PROCESS

STEP ONE: Once you've reviewed the websites, and you feel like this might be a good fit, request more information on living on The Farm by e-mailing vickie@thefarmcommunity.com for a "Live Packet". If you have any additional questions, please email joiningthefarmcommunity@gmail.com

STEP TWO: Once you have more information, the next step to joining the community is to come get to know us by scheduling a visit. When the community feels it is safe to open the Gates again to visitors, come and visit us and see what we're all about. Once you've visited and you think this might be a good fit, you can begin looking for Housing and a Sponsor. This can be one of the most challenging steps, as housing and sponsors are limited. 

STEP THREE: The first year of living in the Community, you will need to rent a private home to reside in.  You will also need to have a sponsor who is a Full Member in good standing, that agrees to be your guide to the community. Once housing becomes available and you've connected with the person who is interested in renting to you, and at this point, you will need to contact the Membership Committee and request an application for Residency. The application fee is $100 and is non-refundable.  This does not guarantee that your application will be excepted, or that a rent agreement has been established.  There are a limited amount of spots available and not everyone is able to integrate successfully or find housing that is a good fit. Click the link below to contact the Membership Committee and let them know you have found housing and a sponsor on The Farm, and are ready for a residency application.  

STEP FOUR:  Once you have contacted the membership committee about your interest in joining the community, and have been approved to apply for Residency, you can download an application in the link below.  The application fee is $100 and is paid before you fill out the application.  Please request the password for the application from the Membership Committee Secretary.

 STEP FIVE:  Once you've found housing and a sponsor, and you are in the process of moving in, please click the link below for a list of resources for navigating the community. 

STEP SIX: Get involved in the community and find out more about our values, agreements and history.  Below is a link that has information on the various organizations, activities and events happening on The Farm.

STEP SEVEN: If you enjoy being a part of our community, then after completing one year of Residency (or if you are returning to The Farm and have lived here previously), you can apply for Provisional Membership.  If you are approved for Provisional Membership, you are able to choose a home-site to build on, with approval of the Land Use Committee and the The Farm Community. To apply for Provisional Membership, please click the link below.  The application fee for Provisional Membership is $50 and is non-refundable. 

STEP EIGHT:  Building a home can be the next step following Provisional Membership.  The land is shared together in a trust and the process for requesting a site to build on or purchase is unique.  Please contact the Housing Committee and Land Use Committees for more information on building or purchasing a home. 

STEP NINE:  After a year of Residency, and a year of Provisional Membership, you can apply to run for Full Membership.  As a Full Member, you have a voice in the community and are able to vote on important decisions, such as voting in government officials, and voting on petitions in the community. The Full Membership fee is $3000 and a requires a quorum of 2/3 of the population of the voting members to vote in favor of you becoming a Full Member.  To contact the membership committee and let them know you are ready to run for Full Membership, click the link below. 

STEP TEN:  After one year as a Full Member, you can Sponsor new people who are interested in joining our community.  Being a sponsor requires a lot of knowledge about the community and how it operates, so the community has developed Sponsorship Guidelines for individuals wanting more info on becoming a Sponsor. For more information or to join the Sponsorship Team, please click the link below.