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.
Spring is opening up: birds are returning, snowdrops are blooming, and soon there will be wildflowers and salamanders out in the woods. Woodcocks are here and will start displaying soon. You’re welcome to come walk and birdwatch. The trails are marked with blue dots. Due to the pandemic we’re still asking people to stay outside (you may want to take bathroom breaks before coming) and to maintain a safe distance from other parties. Call or email ahead if you’d like a guided nature walk or if you’d like to help us garden or clear trails.
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, which we’ll keep adding to. Various local groups are offering free take-home kits and outdoor/distanced activities for families during the school’s spring break week, March 29-April 3; learn more on our Screen-Free Week page
We’re looking for new community members to join our work and life. We want to have conversations over the winter and schedule visits in spring. For more on that, click here.