Finney Farm consists of 105 wooded acres located in upper Skagit County, Washington. The land is wet, fertile, lovely, and green. Our community exists for many reasons:
• To steward the land in an ecologically sound manner free from traditional development.
• To create and maintain affordable housing, eliminating much of the need for forced wage-slavery.
• To encourage the sharing of resources.
• To work toward common goals of self-sufficiency, autonomy, and community.
• To allow members to pursue personal interests such as creative endeavors, activism, and education on a daily basis.
• To create an environment in which people are living each day with an expectation of open communication, empowerment, and consensus-based decision making.
• To encourage a strong community work ethic, which is beneficial to the community as well as the individual.
We hope to create an environment in which compassion, respect, consideration, independence, integrity, communication, and living the good life are not qualities to be granted or denied but are instead the expectation. We seek to hold this land from traditional destructive development, instead using ecologically sound methods for any growth. The permaculture model isn’t a good fad, it’s a timeless commonsense approach to rural living.
We envision around 10 families living in hand-built houses living on this land. We have a shared garden and orchards, community meals, some child-care sharing, and a community house which includes kitchen, laundry, bath, and office facilities. We also get together for homeschooling, farm work projects, art or craft projects, and performance or volunteer opportunities.
We would like to create a village feel to our community. We hope to have many skilled members who are able to share resources and would encourage trading for goods within the community before seeking goods outside of Finney Farm.
We currently have seven adults and four children living on the farm. We have many skills—journeyman carpenter, seamstress, teacher, mother, wild-edibles enthusiast, homebrewer, knitter, musician, flamenco dancer, spinner, vaudeville and burlesque performer, gardener, tree planter, historian, technical drafter, father, counselor, dancer, laborer, fisherman, bellydance instructor, cook, writer, and much more. We are anarchists/socialists/discordians who are into both DIY living AND community. And a good life.
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