Visiting Acorn for Membership
The idea of a three-week visit is that it’s hopefully long enough for you to evaluate whether Acorn is a place that you want to live, and for members to evaluate whether you’re the sort of person that we want to live with. Visitors are given orientations to help them figure out where things are, know the norms of living at Acorn, and find out about different labor areas and projects that we’re engaged with. During your visit, you are expected to work a minimum of 42 hours per week (just like members), attend community meetings, and participate in daily life at Acorn.
You do not need to apply for membership at the end of your visit. Some people leave early, or don’t apply at the end because their experience leads them to conclude that Acorn isn’t a good long-term home for them. If you want to stay with us but don’t intend to settle down in community, you could think instead about a work-exchange or internship.
After applying for membership, you must leave the farm for at least two weeks for us to make a decision about you. If you are accepted for membership, you must wait until a bedroom becomes available (when current members decide to move out). The duration of the wait list is unpredictable. Please have a plan in mind for what to do after your visit at Acorn. For more details, please check out the Membership Process page.
Update as of January 2016: Our wait list for bedrooms includes six future members and children. Expect it to be at least a year long.
All bedrooms at Acorn Community are currently occupied. We have a treehouse village with tent platforms where most of our visitors camp out during the warm months. We have tents and camping equipment available for people to check out while they are here. We also have a bunkhouse for visitors. For people with special needs, we may be able to house you in the bedroom of a member on vacation, depending on the timing of your visit.
Even if you are camping, all people at Acorn have access at any time to showers, electricity, computers, food, kitchens, laundry, and heated public space.
If you are a parent who wants to apply for membership with your child or children, we cannot consider you for membership at this time. The number of children on the farm has gone from zero to five in the last three years, and we are taking a break from introducing new children to the community during 2016.
If you own a beloved pet, we are not currently accepting new membership applicants who wish to bring cats or dogs. We have reached our pet limit on the farm. Talk to us about pets that are not cats or dogs.
Before being invited to visit, please read information on our membership process and consult our frequently asked questions. Then, complete the below letter of introduction and questionnaire & send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you wish to visit as a group or family, we need a separate letter from each adult who intends to visit.)
Letter of introduction. Please address the following points in your letter, but also feel free to add anything else you wish.
* Past: What jobs, education, volunteering, or other interesting activities have you done? What are any special skills or knowledge you’ve gathered?
* Present: What are you doing now? Why are you interested in community membership? What do you feel strongly about? Tell us your personal philosophy.
* Future: Tell us what you want. What are your plans for the future? What would you like to learn and do?
* Community: If you heard about Acorn from a person or website, let us know who & where. What about Acorn caught your attention or appeals to you? Have you had experience living in community before?
* What is the most important thing for Acornistas to know about you?
Questionnaire. Please copy into your e-mail and answer each question.
4. Phone number (best way to reach you):
5. Current address:
6. Do you have any physical ailments or limitations (e.g. back problems) which would prevent you from doing certain kinds of work?
7. How do you feel about camping in a tent? Sharing a bunkhouse with other visitors?
8. Do you have any children? If you plan to bring children with you, please tell us about them.
9. Do you have any pets?
10. Do you have any dietary preferences or allergies?
11. Are you on any medications?
12. Do you smoke tobacco?
13. Acorn requires that all visitors explain what they are going to do when they leave Acorn. Due to our wait list, it is likely to be at least a year before you could move to Acorn as a member after your visit. Please describe a plan that includes each of the following:
(i) where you are going to go when you leave Acorn;
(ii) that you are OK with going there; and
(iii) that you have enough money to get there.
14. Are you able to pay a $75 visitor fee which goes to helping to offset costs associated with your visit?
15. When would you like to schedule a three-week visit? Give us your preferred date(s) and how flexible you are.
16. Please provide the address and phone number of a relative or friend whom we could contact in case of an emergency during your visit.