The main building at the field center includes 2 mid-sized movement spaces, a dining room, a library/living room and a commercial kitchen with two accessible bathrooms on the ground floor. We have multiple bedrooms for housing folks, 5 of which are wheelchair accessible, including 3 quads, 3 triples and 3 single rooms, each with a private bathroom.
We also have room for 15-20 tents at the far end of the big field.
The land includes 50 acres of pine, maple and birch forest, long rolling meadows of native grasses and wildflowers, a small frog pond and nearly half a mile of river frontage along the Williams River.
We have begun our vegetable and herb gardens with the long-term goal of producing 1/3 of our food and we also cultivate many native berries and fruit trees on the property.
Other projects include the building of our sauna/sweat and the development of our basement into the film and multimedia center.
proposed map of
the field center 2022
Wild animals live here! Some of these may stand out to you as 'dangerous' - most notably Black Bear, Moose, Coyote and Fisher Cat, however it is important to know that any animal can be dangerous when harassed or threatened and none of us likes their food stolen or eaten or their journal chewed up, even if it is by a sweet looking chipmunk. Respect our neighbors and know that we are living in their habitat!
They want to avoid contact with humans at all costs and will only take the risk when the desire for food brings them into close proximity with humans and houses. Should you be lucky enough to encounter wild animals somewhere on the 50 acres of field center property, be respectful and give them plenty of space and respect, we can and should be able to live together!
In order to help wild animals stay safe, we can make all efforts to dispose of our food and waste properly and to put trash into the locked bins immediately. If you are camping with us, never keep food stored in your tent and be sure to keep your tent zipped and gear secured.
More information about our local wildlife is available in the Field Office including information on tracks and behavior.
Poison Ivy is around here! Poison Ivy is a miraculously resilient native vine that is extremely common in the north east of this country. It produces a toxic protective oil that, when touched by humans, can cause itchy, painful rashes, swelling of the skin and a variety of allergic reactions depending on how susceptible you are.
It is generally easy to identify and to steer clear of and we make every effort to keep it away from the field center grounds. The rashes themselves are very easy to treat and don't last long when caught early!
Identifying information for Poison Ivy, as well as other dangerous, medicinal and edible plants is available in the Field Office.
Lyme Disease + Ticks
Ticks are harmless biting insects that are native to this area. However, in the 1980's, they also became the principle vector for transmitting a newly identified disease now known as Lyme Disease [named after Lyme Connecticut where it was first discovered]
Lyme Disease is a serious and life-threatening disease that can cause various systemic immuno-deficiencies in people. If discovered early it is easily treated and curable.
It is carried by Deer Ticks, the smallest species of tick, which are extremely common in Vermont and throughout the north east. Not all ticks are Deer Ticks, however all ticks and tick bites should be taken seriously until the species is identified.
Identifying information for Ticks as well as precautionary measures and protocols if you are bitten are available in the Field Office and here from the Vermont Department of Public Health