Our mission is to live a sustainable life based on the Gospels and on Catholic Worker principles as an alternative to the consumer culture. The community provides practical assistance, prayerful presence and a place for reflection to help others simplify their lives.
The grace of God, the generosity of supporters and the bounty of the land provide the foundation for the community. By their commitment and unpaid labor the full-time residents maintain buildings, work the land and welcome visitors. Guests volunteer their labor and share the simple gifts of the farm: work and prayer, discussion and recreation.
Click here for more information on the Catholic Worker movement.
Although the mailing address is Lacona, the farm is actually in Orwell. If you use directions from an internet directions site you could end up on another Wart Rd that is not maintained in winter.
From the south: Take I-81 North to exit 36, Pulaski. At the end of the ramp turn right onto State Route 13. After about 1 mile, turn left onto County Route 2A. Take the first right (after about 0.7 mile) onto Centerville Road, then the first left (after about 0.2 mile) onto Peck Road. At the end of Peck Road turn right onto County Route 2. At the first stop sign turn left onto County Route 48. Travel about 1.1 miles and turn right onto Wart Rd. We’re in the only barn on the road, on your left, about 1.3 miles up Wart Rd.
Our last harvest season at the farm is over, and we’ve had plenty to share. We’re still keeping in touch with friends and neighbors and seeing where we can help, but more of our energy is going into the upcoming transition. St. Francis Farm Community will close sometime during the growing season of 2022. Another nonprofit will receive the property, and the three of us who have lived and worked here will move on to other things. For details see the newsletters. We’re asking people not to send us any more financial donations. We’d be delighted to get letters and memories.
For now people are still welcome to walk our nature trails, which are marked with blue dots. Due to the pandemic we’re still asking unvaccinated people to stay outside (you may want to take bathroom breaks before coming) and to maintain a safe distance from other parties. We’re all fully vaccinated against COVID.
For more about what you might see outdoors here in various seasons, check out our Nature page.
Looking for home activities for the social-distancing time? Check out our Live and Learn page.