Wild Mountain Cooperative is a multifaceted collective effort: we are a cooperatively-run subsistence and medicine farm, a gathering place for transformative teaching and learning, a wildlands sanctuary, and a small cooperative living community. We are situated in Greene, Maine, within a 300 acre wildland preserve that embraces the entire watershed of a 40 acre lake called Berry Pond.
We are a tapestry woven from many threads over the past two decades, including the long-time conservation and community-building efforts of our elders, Jim and Naomi Nesbitt, the gift-weaving, spirit-sparking work of Sophie Dougher, and 16 years of organizing, experimenting, and learning by the many members of the JED (Justice, Ecology, and Democracy) Collective.
Wilderness protection, community building, ecological and social justice, self-transformation work, small scale subsistence farming, and community governance are our roots. The fruits of this work emerges as a solid and thriving base of community members who live both on and off the land; awesome soil fertility and abundant gardens; vast ecological diversity of food, medicine, and fiber plants; a Common House with a beautiful community kitchen; a Schoolhouse for indoor workshops and gatherings; and (maybe most importantly) a lot of positive energy.
Wild Mountain has two kinds of core members: a small group of on-site stewards who live on the land and who manage the day-to-day farm work and projects, and off-site members who engage with the land through various projects and who are integral to the functioning of the cooperative.