Vegan Village

Intentional Community

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Vegan Community in New York

  • Status: Established (4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Started Living Together: 2019
  • Visitors Accepted: Yes
  • Open to New Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Zia Terhune
  • Phone: 8284073334
  • Community Address:
    W South St
    Montour Falls, New York 14865
    United States

Mission Statement

Enjoy a fun,cruelty free, animal friendly lifestyle while sharing resources and looking after each other.

Community Description

We’re a small group of activists who formed a vegan community with the purpose of looking after each other and working on advocacy projects as a team. We have a large multigenerational home in the Finger Lakes area of NY. The handicapped accessible home with a lift contains 2 private apartments plus 3 more bedrooms and 2 more baths. It is located one block from downtown, and walking distance to library, farmers mkt, Humane Society, trails, restaurants etc. When the home is fully occupied, the expansion plan is to acquire other homes or rentals in the same area.

The group plans to share pet care, gardening, cooking and more. There is a large area that could be used for a home based business. One bedroom/bath will be reserved for visitors.

Montour Falls is a small historic town next to Watkins Glen and 10 minutes from Farm Sanctuary NY shelter. Ithaca is 30 minutes away.

The residence is non-smoking, vegan and companion-animal friendly. No down, wool, leather, silk or other animal products exist in out home.

The home was acquired through the excellent professional services of a vegan realtor, Diane Cooper, of Warren Real Estate in Watkins Glen.

The group has access to a Florida waterfront condo for winter getaways.


  • Type(s):
    • Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
    • Unspecified or Other
  • Programs & Activities:
    • Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
    • Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town or Village


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.25 acres
  • Current Residence Types:
    • Single-family homes
    • Multi-family homes
    • Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned Number of Residences: 22
  • Planned Residence Types:
    • Single-family homes
    • Multi-family homes
    • Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided:
    • Purchase
    • Rental
  • Land Owned By: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-Member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors Accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Call or text Zia at 828-407-3334. We have a dedicated guest suite for visitors.
  • Open to New Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Visit first, background check, interview and vote by community.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Suggested Weekly Labor Contribution: 3
  • Open to Members with Existing Debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current Renewable Energy Generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned Renewable Energy Generation: Up to 25%
  • Current Food Produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned Food Produced: Up to 25%
  • Food Produced Locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities:
    • Garden(s)
    • Workshop
    • Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cellphone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared Meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practices:
    • Vegan (plants only, no animal products)
    • Raw or Mostly Raw
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: One of our members is a trained vegan chef.
  • Education Style(s):
    • Home Schooling
    • Private Schooling at the Community
    • Private School off the property
    • Public Schooling
    • Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family, household, or individual
  • Additional Comments: Companion animals welcome.

Additional Comments

The expansion plan is to purchase or rent more homes in the neighborhood.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Farm Sanctuary, Mercy for Animals, BWAR, PETA, HSUS

Community Affiliations

Farm Sanctuary, Watkins Glen

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: