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2015 Calendar
Swan Conservation Trust Hike March 14
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend March 20-22
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week March -April
Farm Experience Weekend April 17-19
The Land -
with Swan Conservation Trust
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve Day
Hike, followed by dinner and music
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Day April 18hike, followed by dinner and music
Midwife Assistant Workshop April 26-May 2
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
April-May
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week May
Birthworkers Retreat May 15-18
Midwife Herb Workshop May 21-23
The Communities Conference May 22-24
Advanced Midwife Workshop May 24-29
Common Sense and Tradition
Swan Conservation Trust Hike May 30
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
June 1-7
Organic Gardening Intensive June 3-7
A 5 day hands-on gardening plus garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit Shiitake operations, a bamboo nursery...more
Swan Trust Hike June 13
Little Grinders Creek State Natural Area
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
June 8-14
Advanced Midwife Workshop June 14-19
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week July
Farm Experience Summer Retreat
July 15-19
Fun for the entire family
. All of the Farm Experience workshops plus activities for kids. Swimming, hiking...more
Buffalo River Canoe Trip July 19
Swan Trust
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 2-8
Swan Trust Hike August 8
Devils Backbone State Natural Area
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 23-29
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
Aug -Sept
Swan Trust Hike Sept 12
Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
Farm Experience Weekend Sept 18-20
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week Sept -Oct
Swan Trust Oct 10
Invasive species removal
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend Oct 16-18
Our last Farm Experience till next year!
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Oct-Nov
Swan Trust Hike Nov 14
Cheeks Bend on the Duck River
Midwifery Kinesiology Workshop Nov 6-7
Midwife Assistant Workshop Nov 8-14
Midwifery Workshop - Neonatal Resuscitation November 16-17
Farm School Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6
Holiday Bazaar Facebook Page
Visit The Farm School web site

This year The Farm Ecovillage Training Center will also be offering a permaculture design certificate for apprentices who attend for two consecutive months.
Inquiries: apprenticeship@thefarm.org

 
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How to become a resident on The Farm >>

The following is an outline of the procedure for becoming a resident.

One of the first steps involves visiting us often and getting to know as many members as possible. Some people have taken this step by moving near The Farm and visiting over a period of time. There are conferences and other social events that take place here that offer good opportunities to visit.

The most challenging aspects of relocating here have to do with career opportunities in the vicinity and the availability of adequate housing within the community. Visiting frequently and getting to know community members and residents is the best way for you to gain a better understanding of these challenges.

We appreciate your interest in community and ours in particular. If you wish to contact the Membership Committee, write to vickie@thefarmcommunity.com or call Vickie Montagne at the Welcome Center (931-964-3574).

Classifications
Extended Visitor – an individual who wishes to extend his/her stay beyond the Visitor period (more than 2 weeks) but who is not committed to making The Farm Community his/her primary residence.

Resident – an individual who wishes to make The Farm Community his/her primary residence. It is recommended that individuals interested in applying for Resident status make several visits to The Farm prior to applying for this status.

Sponsor – a Full or Permanent Member in good standing who serves as an interface for the extended visitor or resident with the Membership Committee and the community.

Extended Visitor Procedure
If a Visitor desires to stay longer than 45 days, no later than 30 days into the visit, the Visitor must contact the Membership Committee.
A representative of the Membership Committee will provide the Visitor with an Extended Visitor/Residency Application and invite him/her to a Membership Committee meeting. The Visitor must find a sponsor who will accompany him/her to the meeting and come to the meeting with a completed application.

Membership Committee Procedure To become a Resident and Provisional Member
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Fulfillment of several personal visits to The Farm in order to become acquainted with the community and individual members within the community.
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The applicant(s) establishes contact with a Membership Committee member stating their desire to move to the community.
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The individual(s) continues to visit the community and attend community functions in order to develop a relationship with a community member who will serve as their sponsor who will vouch for their character.
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The applicant(s) write a letter of introduction and intent to the Membership Committee. This letter includes a biographical sketch, method of livelihood, and their vision of what they hope to contribute to the community. The Membership Committee may choose to submit this letter to be published in the community's weekly newspaper and sent out to members via the community's in-house email discussion group. Community members will have at least two (2) weeks to submit comments to the Membership Committee regarding the application.
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The applicant and their sponsor formally meets with the Membership Committee and applies for residency. Following this meeting, residency is either approved or denied by the Membership Committee. All individuals who have achieved Resident status in The Farm Community are obligated to pay the equivalent of the minimum membership dues on a monthly basis to the community. This amount is determined annually by the community's Board of Directors and is fixed for a calendar year.
Membership Committee Procedure To become a Provisional Member
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The committee votes on whether or not to continue the application process. If approved, the applicant is sent a Provisioanl Member packet to be completed, which contains: Application form, Financial disclosure form, TRW information for credit check, Medical history sheet, Sample residency contract, Notice of $25.00 processing fee ($10 for a young adult 18-23). The application should be returned within one month.
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Upon receipt of completed forms and application fee, applicant will be given: Letter of acknowledgement from the secretary. Original application papers filed in applicant's folder. Financial forms are given to the community's Finance Committee for review and clarification.
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Upon return of financial forms from the Finance Committee, the application is reviewed. The applicant meets with the committee or has a telephone conference with committee members to answer any unresolved questions. Folowing this, the applicantion will be either approved or denied.
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All individuals who have achieved Provisional Member status in The Farm Community are obligated to pay the equivalent of the minimum membership dues on a monthly basis to the community. This amount is determined annually by the community's Board of Directors and is fixed for a calendar year.

Extended Stay Visitors, Residents, and Sponsors
Extended stay visitors, and people applying for resident status, are asked to find a member of the community to be their sponsor.
A sponsor must be a resident full member.

Responsibilities of a Sponsor:
1
Will take an active role in notifying new resident(s) of all community meetings and gatherings, and facilitate participation.
2
Will act as an interface with the community or individual members should the need arise.
3
Will take an active role in seeing that the resident is gainfully employed and paying their community dues.
 
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