apply for the coming season

Just Kidding!

The project, as we know it in this space and at this time, has ended triumphantly as of October 31, at the lovely age of exactly 1 year from conception to finish.

For your reference as a historian, like minded collective builder, or simply interested party, Here is what we were looking for; and still are, in new and diffuse places. In reality, the application process seemed to be bulky and almost comically official seeming in relation to the general anarchy of most of the summer. Guidelines for amounts of work per week in reality were that each person worked their best in many ways, and many people learned, among other practical skills, the art of taking initiative when nobody is telling them what to do– an art that is nearly impossible to learn when there is constantly someone telling you what to do. Towards the end of the summer, we entered a new agreement with our landlords, and moved to an entirely work exchange based ‘rent.’

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To download some basic information about what we are doing as well as our 2010 application to be a full member/worker, click here:

Fertile Minds Ap

We do not share a consistent ideology but do ask that participants agree to work actively to make the space egalitarian, socially open and comfortable, non-hierarchical, cooperative, and consensual. We will lean heavily towards consensus based organizing in nearly all facets of life together. We will work together in all things that we can agree on, and work in smaller subgroups or independently on projects that not all agree to; no one will need to work on a project they do not fully support.

Again, the primary goal, underlying everything, is equality. This goal will be actively and consciously worked towards, and the community will respond to sexist, racist, or otherwise oppressive actions or statements in an active way.

What we are looking for:

People who are driven, self-motivated and passionate about what we are doing and/or the larger issues/movements related to ecology, agriculture, permaculture, and social justice.

People who will come into the community and take up places as active shapers of the community and its work, and not as passive followers.

People who are actively seeking their own empowerment and fullest potential– social, political, academic, physical and spiritual– and the empowerment of their communities.

People who are adaptable and socially flexible, able to be serious when necessary, playful when necessary, and everything in between.

People who are willing and able to judge themselves and others fairly, and forgive themselves and others.

People who are willing to take on the responsibility and hard work of an agricultural lifestyle, as well as the responsibility and hard work of confronting oppression in themselves and their friends.

What you might be getting yourself into: The Community Agreement

(This is open to change by choice and necessity– this is our rough draft as of now)

What you will give:

3 days of farm work every week (6-9 hours per day)

1 day of other work for the collective every week

4 Hours each week of work for the landowners, as your work exchange

Your active involvement in the community, including daily/weekly meetings to organize ourselves and our time, and to work on our connections to each other, and various cooking cleaning etc chores.

15-25 dollars rent per week (to land lord)

What you will receive:

A place to live, work, learn and play in community

Most to all of your weekly food

Input into all actions of the collective as an equal.

Collective space and resources to use during your free time and/or for independent projects.

The ability to take/offer classes and workshops to and with other collective members and with the outside community.

Roughly 2.5 days per week to do what you will with.

An equal share of the collective’s profits (note- profits may not occur– incoming money will be considered profits only after all collective members are reimbursed of debts.)

The ability to use the collectives growing space and your own free time to grow and market food independently, and thus perhaps make some money.

Final Note:

If this all sounds really cool, but you think you may need to have a job for the summer even with the low rent and food costs, we will try to help you find a part time job nearby, help you write a small business plan to make money farming in your free time, or consider alternative community arrangements that would allow you to work part time. Lets try to make it work!

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