Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is part of the international Camphill Movement. This nonprofit organization and intentional community, founded in 1972, is made up of volunteers living and working side by side with adults who have developmental disabilities. It is located on 432 acres in Chester County and is a model for sound ecological living. Their mission is to maintain a land-based community in which the members support one another and contribute to society through biodynamic agriculture, handcrafts, and other ecological, social, cultural, and educational endeavors.
One of Kimberton Hills’ founding members, Helen Zipperlen, says, “Camphill was involved with a wave of remarkable people and organizations responding to the new perceptions of “the handicapped” as human beings – “people first” – people with so-called disabilities. This army of vulnerable, hitherto largely invisible people raised awareness and questioning of the whole idea of community.”
The Award-Winning Dairy
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills’ certified organic biodynamic raw milk dairy farm is tended to by a crew of up to 10 farmers including villagers (adults with developmental disabilities) and coworkers (volunteers and long-term volunteer residents). On the farm, they practice rotational grazing, and the cattle are fed on pasture from April through November. The majority of their herd is Brown Swiss and Friesian. In the winter, the cows are kept in loafing sheds and are fed grass-based silage.
The Kimberton Community
Kimberton Hills Dairy supplies Seven Stars Farm with milk to make their locally-loved organic yogurt. They also provide milk to their own community as well as other nearby Camphill communities. In addition, Kimberton Hills Bakery is run by the same staff that operates Sweet Water Bakery. The butter used to make the cookies is made in house with milk from Kimberton Hills Dairy.
At Kimberton Whole Foods, we are fortunate to offer their high-quality, delicious raw milk.