Introduction

The land does not belong to us… We belong to the land.

As practitioners of an Earth-based religion which teaches respect for all living things, we have always had a deep, spiritual connection to the land. For much of our lives we have strived to make a positive difference to the environment in which we live, believing that it is our moral responsibility to leave the land better than we found it for those that come after us.

For many years we have envisioned the creation of a place where not only do these core tenets become a way of life, but where these same values can be imparted upon others, along with the necessary skills and knowledge to put them into practice.

What lies on these pages is how this vision becomes a reality through the acquisition of the property currently for sale at 181 Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 – The last surviving farm in the Village of New Paltz.

Nestled at the foot of the Shawangunk Ridge,bordering the Wallkill River, the farm sits in an area of outstanding natural beauty, blessed with abundant natural resources, fertile soils, an especially rare ecosystem, and picturesque views.

The striking nature of New Paltz’s Mohonk ridge skyline has spawned a flurry of planning applications from developers seeking to construct ever taller buildings, often topped by roof decks, in order to leverage these iconic views to their pecuniary advantage. Unfortunately, and ironically, in doing so the structures themselves greatly detract from the scenic vistas of the village when viewed from a different perspective.

We, on the other hand, do not seek to develop the land, but rather to nurture and work in harmony with it in order to create a living legacy for generations to come.

Although this is a significant undertaking, we have already begun the process to raise the funds needed for this vital project. We are also aware that for the vision to become a reality is not just a matter of money-raising, even though it is extremely important, and are therefore profoundly grateful of your support in whatever form it is offered.