Skokomish Farms is a newly forming intentional community. The basic premise is that you buy a 40 acre parcel from them, 5-10 is for your homesite, the other 30-35 is for the community farmers association and will be managed by an FOA which will then cultivate the land for you if you are unable/unwilling to do so. Profits from the operation will be shared. I called the place today and had a short conversation and he said the first thing they will be doing is Joel Salatin style broilers. The total land is 750 acres that was all pasture and recently purchased from the owners. It will qualify for USDA organic rating this year. They plan on doing crops that are in high local demand.
Joined: Mar 07, 2011
So it seems like this is a new business model for the land owner. He has been reselling farmland for 30 years, but only recently started to do this thing where the whole lot is professionally farmed. He sent me his price list and it looks like for whatever reason, some of the properties are being sold for as high as 400k, and several of the properties are pending sale.
It makes me wonder though, does anything else think this could be a viable idea?
Joined: Feb 10, 2012
when i first got the itch to do something different in life i didnt know what to call it or where to look. i found a few places where things like this were going on while i tried to put my finger on what i was looking for. places where very wealthy people bought vacation homes in the countryside that were maintained as farms by "the help" so they could play farmer over the holidays. do i have to make it more clear how i feel about this?
Joined: Feb 10, 2012
To: Jesus Martinez. Thank you for the accurate portrayal of what Skokomish Farms is all about. Farm developments by four or five of us across the U.S. is an excellent way to preserve prime agricultural land from being swallowed up by urban sprawl. Washington State alone looses nearly 30,000 acres a year to urban sprawl. This is happening around the world as urban governments seek more land for growing populations. We're hardly a country club for the wealthy. We have military, singles, and marrieds with small children. You might say we're a real smorgasbord of people from around the world. Some of our owners are planning to live here full time, and take over certain reatil functions like Farmer Markets, CSAs, etc. Skokomish Farms plans to remain strictly a wholesale farming operation with the primary goal of providing abundant healthy food to our homeowners. Secondly, to market our substantial crops and livestock to institutions, restaurants and retail market outlets from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C., hopefully returning a profit to our homeowners.