The Lost Meadow Land Coop currently consists of six families sharing ownership of nearly 600 acres. It has been in existence for over 20 years, with stable membership over the last fifteen. The property lies within the Orange County Headwaters Project, which some of us were involved in starting. Its target area is 35,000 undeveloped acres in the towns of Corinth and Washington. Much of the land surrounding us has been conserved through this project. The land is mostly mountainous and wooded, but there is open land around dwellings and in other places. There is a pond, open fields, trails, significant wildlife, and many scenic vistas. Most of the houses are off the grid. Our surroundings are secluded and unspoiled.
A number of our families have raised children on the land, all of whom have attended the Wellspring Waldorf School. We have close ties with the agricultural community that in recent years has sprung up around West Corinth. At this point in its development the Coop is seeking new, preferably younger members who wish to do some kind of farming on the land. Our mission specifies the productive use of the land; it has been managed under Current Use for timber but not as yet for agriculture. Membership in the Coop could be a relatively inexpensive way to acquire ownership and use of farmland in Vermont. We are looking for people with shared values around sustainability, cooperative rural living, and community.