Our purpose is to learn, practice, and share the art of living sustainably, productively, joyfully, in ways that replenish ourselves, our communities, and the natural world, and that deepen our spiritual development and awareness.
We will respect the beauty, sacredness, and interconnectedness of all life and the unity, power, and mystery of the universe. We will strive to reflect these truths in our lives, farm and community.
In our physical structures and our work with the land we will strive to create the kind of beauty that comes from mindfulness, holism, and elegant simplicity.
We will work with native and sustainably harvested materials and energy sources, and with designs appropriate to a rural Vermont setting.
We will think on the scale of the whole landscape and the long term.
We recognize the beauty of loving relationships as well as the physical beauty of buildings and land.
We will found our actions on respect for ourselves, for each other, and for the biosphere.
We will find ways to work together that build on our diverse strengths.
We will avoid isolation and indifference; participate fully; communicate honestly, patiently, and compassionately.
We will allow the many aspects of our personalities and talents to flourish, encouraging time spent in reflection, meditation, appreciating nature, and other creative pursuits.
We will take responsibility for our thoughts and actions, avoiding negative thinking and assumptions that lead us to create enemies. When tempted by distrust and fear, we will turn toward trust and love.
We will respect and support both individuals and families within the community.
We will ground ourselves in our own farm community and also participate in, learn from, and support the communities around us.
Our community will welcome people of all races, religions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, and incomes.
We will not equate people's worth with the dollar amount they can command in the market. We will assume that each person's time, independence, obligations, and pleasures are neither more nor less important than each other person's.
We aspire to right livelihood, practicing integrity in our dealings with people, nature, and money.
We will live simply, acknowledging that material simplicity often requires a commitment to complex solutions.
We will strive to satisfy our non-material needs non-materially.
To the fullest extent possible, we will derive our physical and spiritual sustenance from the local land and people.
We will use natural resources -- such as soil, forest, and water -- with high efficiency, in ways that enhance their purity and productivity.
We will work together to care for the land, the common buildings and the shared resources of the community.
We will experiment with techniques and technologies to find more sustainable ways of living. We will share our successes and failures honestly and actively engage with others working toward sustainability. Finally, since the world often tells us we must sacrifice one of the above values in order to achieve another, we need to affirm our belief that over the long term and in the widest context all values do reinforce each other