If Project Shiloh (Dai Mission) is “Phase One” and Project Berea (Dai Institute) is “Phase Two”, then this ambitious project — the establishment of a planned Messianic Jewish community north of the Umcompahgre National Forest in Colorado — is “Phase Three”.

The Community of Goshen (also referred to as “Goshen, Colorado”) would be more than merely a religious monastic community. Goshen would be a fully self-sustaining agricultural and industrial colony site where olive growing, kashrut animal husbandry, and silver mining & refining would take place, with Dai Mission at its heart. The colony will take several years to set up, with development occurring in nine planned stages:

  • Stage 1: Soon after the establishment of the initial fifteen (15) acre Dai Mission site itself, the parsonages and priories required for the monastery would be constructed over an additional four (4) more square acres. Gardens and fruit tree groves would be planted over another four (4) square acre stretch for the use of the monastery’s staff and residents. A road network surrounding the Dai Mission site would be set up and paved. An additional nine (9) acres of general-purpose land surrounding the Mission site would be obtained and developed later.
  • Stage 2: Greenhouse farming installations using desert farming techniques (such as those pioneered in Southern California, Australia, and Israel) would be erected on an additional thirty to thirty-six (30 – 36) acres of land, and part of the gardens and groves would be transferred to the farms as the farmers cultivate foodstuffs for the whole colony. Private investors will be sought to fund these farms, which would sell their surplus to both residents and outside buyers. Additional cabins and other residency structures would be set up as needed as the site slowly transforms from Dai Mission to Dai Farms.
  • Stage 3: Land would be set aside for ranching and dairy farming, with the ranch houses serving as the colony’s second residential areas. As this second agricultural project continues, more families would be invited to assist with the ranch work.
  • Stage 4: Up to nine developers will be sought out to purchase an additional one hundred-and-eight acres (108) acres of land on either side of the colony. Half of this land will be divided into two-acre residential or mixed-use/apartment plots to be sold or leased to new residences, while the other half will be devoted to commercial and light industrial use. Housing, office buildings, and multi-use garages may be constructed, with ample room for future development.
  • Stage 5: Additional lands would be reserved as industrial zones. Maintenance shops, fuel stations, manufacturing plants, power stations, foundries, machine shops, bio-diesel plants, and even breweries will be located here.
  • Stage 6: Community facilities for disaster relief and colony security provided by Dai Corps, government offices, parking areas, and a local farmer’s market for both residents and visitors will be established.
  • Stage 7: A park setting with attached parking area and camping amenities would be set up for visitors to Goshen.
  • Stage 8: More community facilities would be established during this phase, including dedicated colonial medical services, a volunteer EMS/fire/search-and-rescue station, a dedicated colony security facility separate from Dai Corps, and water and well facilities.
  • Stage 9: The completion of residential facilities — including the establishment of a Goshen Homeowner’s Association (HOA) to govern Goshen’s residential properties — would occur during this final phase of development as Dai Colony becomes the City of Goshen.

After the site in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico was ruled out, a new site for this future planned community was found a little over three miles from the township of Cederage in Delta County, Colorado: Shadow Mesa Ranch. Nestled atop a private mesa, the 708-acre Shadow Mesa Ranch site already contains all the amenities the nascent colony site will require: ample water supply (the site is bordered by Ward Creek and Dirty George Creek); electrical and phone line connections, in addition to three domestic water taps and a water well; the property is already zoned for (and has already been used for) cattle and horse ranching and seasonal hunting operations; the site has plenty of local wildlife for food and game hunting, if required; the land is fertile and good for agricultural use; the property is strategically elevated for maximum isolation from the outside world; and the existing buildings on site (ranch buildings and associated residences) can all be easily repurposed for use by Dai Mission or the Community of Goshen and would serve well as the beginnings of an agricultural colony.

There’s just one problem: the site will cost over $4 million to obtain, and additional funds will be required later to develop the property from Dai Mission throughout all nine stages of growth into the planned community of Goshen.

That’s where you come in!  😉

We cannot make the dream of Goshen a reality without your support. With your donations, we can obtain the Shadow Mesa Ranch property and develop it into Dai Mission first, then nurture it further into Goshen. With your labor and your assistance in getting the word out to sympathetic ears, we can build the streets, greenhouses, and facilities of this dream.

If you’d like to donate to us or invest in us and help us make Goshen into a reality, contact us for more information or visit our Donations page.


Shadow Mesa Ranch site info: [PDF]
Information provided by Lone Eagle Land Brokerage, Inc.

Ben Terry’s original “Dai Colony” plan from 2016.


Possible alternate sites for the Community of Goshen in the region overseen by the Goshen Messianic Union.


Keep your eyes on this page and on our News page for future updates about this exciting project!

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