White Hawk Ecovillage
- Move in year :
- Number of units :
- Land size:
- 21+ acres
- Developed acreage :
- 7-10 acres
CoHousing with Homesteading Focus
NOTE: As of summer 2023, we are down to 9 home-sites left. However, In order to ensure full attention and capacity to the folks currently exploring membership at White Hawk, we are not currently accepting new folks to the process.
If you are interested in learning more and/or exploring membership here, please take a moment to join our “interest list” below. We will notify you if and/or when we are again taking new people in to the membership process. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have about the membership process and/or living here in the meantime.
We are a group of people from various walks of life building a sustainable neighborhood on 120 acres in Danby, New York, just outside of Ithaca in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. We are surrounded by family farms and small town charm. Our homes are built in a village circle in the center of the property, so we’re close enough to our neighbors for daily interaction while leaving plenty of land for projects and natural open spaces.
We’re super excited because we’ve successfully navigated the legal rigmarole of establishing a community and we’re over the the big hump of getting it all started – now we’re into the fun part of shaping our collective futures! At the moment, we have 15 houses built, and three more currently going up. That means we are more than half full, with 9 lots left to be leased and built on.
When completed, we will have 30 homes sitting on approximately 10 of our 120 acres of farm, field, and forest. All new residents must plan on leasing a lot from the community and building their own home. The fee to lease a lot is $40,000.
We have monthly meetings, use consensus decision-making, and encourage creativity and joyful neighborhood life as we strive to work respectfully with the land to meet as many of our needs as possible. We aim to make our community affordable to all.
All of the homes here meet basic community regulations for sustainability, and members are free to design and build their homes as they please. We welcome creativity but we also have some dependable, economical, and proven designers and builders we are happy to connect you to. For the most part, we think our homes are pretty idyllic, cozy and simple but not bare. Many feature green technology and systems including SIPS, solar panels, and air source heat pumps. Any build style that meets town code (NY Stretch Code) up to and including natural building would be welcome.
Our community represents a diversity of ages and ethnic backgrounds. We look forward to welcoming new skills, ideas and talents, with the goal of passing down a thriving and resilient village to our children and their children. We envision a homesteading village in which as many of our needs as possible are met right here on our land. We are moving in that direction through personal and community gardens, permaculture projects, an orchard, animal husbandry (over the years we’ve had chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses, geese, pigs, turkeys, sheep, guinea hens and bees) and respectfully using the natural resources we have on the land (through such activities as maple tapping, hunting and wild plant foraging).
Recreating on the land is important to us as well. We have three ponds, a few miles of trails, woods, a playground for the kids, streams to splash in, community garden, and a fire-pit.
We are “on the grid” with electric, gas, phone and internet, but some residents are moving toward off-grid independence. We encourage home-based businesses and bartering between residents to build local resilience.
Just a stone throw away from the charm of Ithaca, White Hawk is an amazing & supportive community for children and adults to grow, learn, and explore together! If any of this resonates with your vision, please reach out and take a closer look. Let’s see if we’re a good fit for each other!
- Community Garden
Welcomes Visitors (fee may apply)
- Scheduled Tours
- Individual Tours