Road to Happy Farm

Olive greets visitors to Happy Farm

Happy Farm is an 11-acre working farm in rural upper Bucks County in southeast Pennsylvania, a half hour drive north of Doylestown, the county seat. The farm raises poultry … chickens, ducks and geese … for fresh eggs, and grows a variety of organic fruit and vegetable crops.

With 11 acres of meadows and woods in Springfield Township, Bucks County, Happy Farm is a secluded parcel, nestled among larger farms that have been zoned as protected agricultural land. The farm is zoned Rural Residential, which allows one dwelling unit per acre, with an option for cluster housing.

Project Mission Statement

As a Cooperative, we seek members who are interested in joining us to farm the land, exploring best practices for organic and permaculture methods, and to create a homestead for our group. As a land trust, the acreage will be held and administered by our Association, preventing any future subdivision or development. Members who invest in the project will have the option of selecting a piece of land that they can rent on a short-term or long-term lease, where they can build a cabin, cottage, or tiny home, or park an RV. Each member will own whatever improvements they make, although the land itself remains the property of the Association.

Background

How had been looking for a rural property with several friends, with the goal of creating an affordable intentional community based on growing healthy food using organic permaculture methods. Along with friends from Delaware Valley Co-living Cooperative, we first met representatives from School of Living in Chester County, PA at a DVCC Open House in February. That’s where we began learning about creating a Community Land Trust.

Jean Nick and How Carson first connected in February, 2020 through a Facebook group for organic farmers. Following a visit to Happy Farm in March, Jean invited How to rent a site on the farm to park his trailer. The trailer was delivered and How moved in the following month.

Over the next several months, Jean and How began the process of creating HFCCA, the nonprofit set up to become the future owner of the Happy Farm Land Trust. Before the end of 2020, the Corporation setup is expected to be complete, and the community will begin offering residential, non-resident, and supporting memberships, with member investment levels to be determined by the Corporation’s Advisory Board.