Spring Valley Community • Farmington, PA

Contact Information

Spring Valley
100 Spring Valley Rd.
Farmington, PA 15437
United States
Tel: 724-329-1100
Email:  springvalley@bruderhof.com

Established: 1987

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About Us:
The Bruderhof founded the Spring Valley settlement as a sister community to New Meadow Run when it became time to expand. Our community is a mix of families and singles, young and old, who live, work, and worship together. Bruderhof children attend our elementary school, while adults work within the community, including for a workshop from the Community Playthings and Rifton Equipment businesses. The Spring Valley and New Meadow Run settlements are just across the highway from each other, and members travel the pedestrian tunnel beneath the highway to see each other. 

Setting:
We are located along a stream in the rural and picturesque Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania on National Pike/Route 40. Visitors to this area frequent Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the site of George Washington’s first battle; Falling Water, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece house; and Ohiopyle State Park for whitewater rafting. Our settlement, at a two-thousand-foot elevation, has apartment buildings, an elementary school, dining hall, workshop, and sweeping lawns and gardens. While New Meadow Run and Spring Valley each have a full set of facilities, members often work and take meals at the other location, and the communities have many combined activities and meetings.

Connecting with Neighbors:
We regularly welcome friends and neighbors for communal dinner on Saturday evenings, and we host seasonal, public events throughout the year. Local outreach and community service is integrated into our daily work and schedule, as we feel it’s important to connect with people and initiatives in our region that promote community building. Outreach is also integral to our children’s educational experience. We participate in the local food bank, join local churches in their events, and network with other intentional communities in the area. We also enjoy visiting with our homebound neighbors.

Point of Interest:
In 1987, when the New Meadow Run settlement was looking to expand, our Spring Valley property came up for sale. It was already very familiar to New Meadow Run because the neighbors ran it as a sort of game preserve, and our children had always enjoyed visiting the property to see the exotic deer, game birds, trout hatchery – even bears and a roaring lion!

Several current residents describe life at the Spring Valley Bruderhof:
IvaJane

Iva: Over sixty years ago my parents gave up their comfortable life in Chicago to join a newly established Christian community in upstate NY. They felt that there they could serve Jesus one hundred percent. Ten years later they moved to a sister community in rural Pennsylvania, which is where I was born and raised. At age forty-nine, I still live here in Spring Valley, having made my own lifetime commitment to Jesus and to living together in full intentional community. I have spent short periods of time living in several other Bruderhof communities and also traveling to England, Germany, Israel, and Iraq. Now my elderly mother and I look after each other and enjoy times with my siblings and nieces and nephews. Because I’ve lived here so long I know the area well and love to take hikes and stop in at neighbors who knew my parents years ago.

KarstenHorman

Karsten: Hello, I’m Karsten. That’s a German name, not too common around here in Fayette County, PA, where I live at the Spring Valley Bruderhof with my wife, Heather, and our young daughters, Elna and Marita. I’m twenty-eight and have spent time in communities in Europe and New York State before moving here six years ago. Family life is exciting and shows good similarities to life in intentional community; rubbing shoulders in the daily grind isn’t always easy but the reward is great. My work is in our workshop, building tooling for our injection molding operations, which produces plastic components for our Community Playthings and Rifton Equipment products. Working together for a common goal is heartening. Outside of the working day I enjoy being a father, I look forward to when I can take my daughters fishing at the beautiful Youghiogheny River just down the road or hike down our valley to play in the stream. I also look forward to having you visit us here!