About.

Unadilla Community Farm is an off-grid fruit & vegetable farm and non-profit permaculture education center, situated on 12 beautiful 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.



Additional Information about Accommodations:

Our farm is entirely off-grid and is transitioning off of fossil fuels. We now rely 100% on off-grid solar for all of our lighting, charging electronics, landscaping tools, irrigation, and some power tools. Sleeping accommodations include 2 single bedrooms in the barn loft, 2 double bedrooms in the skoolie (converted school bus), or tent camping (bring your own tent & camping gear). All organic vegetarian/vegan meals and snacks are provided, and typically eaten communally. The farm is a substance-free space. We have both indoor and outdoor kitchens, indoor and outdoor compost toilets, and a gravity-fed unheated shower as well as access to the Unadilla River. We don’t have wifi, but do have good cell phone reception with Verizon.

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

2022 Permaculture Internship

May 01 - Oct 02, 2022Minimum stay: 28 nightsMaximum capacity: 15 people
Food included
2022 will be our 9th season welcoming interns at Unadilla Community Farm for our permaculture internship. We host a cohort of 30-40 interns each season from May to early October. The program consists of 24 hands-on hours/week plus 10-12 classroom hours/week, with a 1 month minimum stay.

Interns gain hands-on experience in no-till organic farming, regenerative agroforestry, permaculture design, natural building, foraging, plant-based cooking, food preservation, and more. Through classes, participants learn concepts such as: food safety, crop rotation, farm planning, food forest design, herbalism, native plants, fundraising, and more.

NEW in 2022: We are partnering with the National Young Farmers Coalition to offer FSMA certification for all interns, a federally-recognized food safety training. Additionally, we are partnering with trainer Miles Sherts to offer conscious communication classes.

Room & board, trainings, classes, and certifications are all available at no cost to participants.

Key Stats.

Year founded

2014

Size of project site

4.8 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Catalan

People on site

2 - 15

Dry season

May to October

Wet season

October to April

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • hammocks
  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Vegan Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals

Internet

  • None: Off the grid

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    daily
  • nutrition/cooking
    1-2 times per week
  • plant medicine
    1-2 times per week

Opportunities

Unadilla Community Farm is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • ORGANIC FARMING
  • NATURAL BUILDING
  • PERMACULTURE
  • PERMACULTURE INTERNSHIP

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