In order to acquire a site on the farm, applicant/s must first be accepted as member/s of the community. This involves a thorough screening process. This process seeks to determine whether the applicants personality and lifestyle is compatible with that of the existing community members. The applicant needs to ensure that he/she has sufficient funds to pay the joining fee, establish a homestead and provide for themselves until such a time that they are able to live off the land.
The screening process will involve:
- An initial introductory visit to the farm to meet the community and discuss the joining procedure.
- You are then encouraged to leave and reflect deeply on whether you would like to commit to becoming a member.
- Should you express serious interest in joining, we then request that you return for an extended visit to provide an opportunity for you to integrate with the community dynamics and ethics. We recommend that this period last anything between 1-3 months.
- At this point the applicant will meet with the community to discuss plans and ideas for the choice and development of their site/homestead. The applicant/s will be required to give a detailed description of their building plans, estimated costs of establishing the homestead, and estimated living costs whilst the site is being developed. This is for the applicant’s own benefit to reflect on whether they have the means to achieve their plans.
- The applicant is then required to leave the farm again to allow for time to reflect on the process and for the community to consider the application and make a final decision as to whether to approve membership.
- If membership is approved, the applicant has two options to choose from with regards to how to go about developing their site depending on their time and financial situation.The first option is to start developing the site/homestead immediately. This will require that the prospective member make their own arrangements to build or bring a temporary shelter. This option is for those who have time constraints which require that they set up their homestead as quickly as possible.The second option is to rent a small house on “The Hill” while you develop your homestead.
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