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Last updated: June 27, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: November 8, 2012

Aponi Gardens

(Tyler County, Texas, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Website address: http://aponigardens.weebly.com/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aponigardens
  • Address:
    hwy 256
    Tyler County, Texas, 75979
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Send us an email to arrange for payment of $250 for a one week stay or $640 for a one month visitation. If you would like to determine compatibility and gather further information about us, the property, our long term goals, and visions then there is a $100 fee. Part of this money will go to determining Astrological compatibility the remainder is to compensate us for our time.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members:Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
    Aponi Gardens is not currently accepting new members, but we do accept paying visitors to our one of a kind endeavor. If throughout your visitation we find that you are an honest, trustworthy person/people, and that we are like minded and compatible we may make you an offer to become a temporary or permanent member, employee, or resident. A minimum of one month visitation is required to determine if any offer could potentially be made. The price of a one week stay is $250 and to visit for one month is $640.

    The current conditions are best for someone who has their own off grid and fully self contained RV, but we will also consider experienced primitive campers who have their own mode of transportation, gear, and supplies.

Mission Statement:

The Aponi Gardens ecovillage aspires to become fully self sufficient and live in balance with Nature.

Community Description:

Aponi Gardens is an eco-village, currently in the formation stage, that aspires to live a holistic lifestyle from organic gardening and community enterprises.

I am a life long naturalist that currently owns 12 acres of very biologically diverse land in rural East Texas and a separate small recreational lot in a rural type area that is very close to upscale urban/suburban communities. I am looking for honest, like minded individuals to partner with and build an intentional community and eco-village.

Here are some of my interest: organic gardening, wildlife gardening, foraging, mycology, animal husbandry, holistic living, aquaculture, food forest, and permaculture.

We currently have electricity, phone, internet, and sufficient rain water catchments.

Aponi Gardens is not currently accepting new members, but we do accept paying visitors to our one of a kind endeavor. If throughout your visitation we find that you are an honest, trustworthy person/people, and that we are like minded and compatible we may make you an offer to become a temporary or permanent member or resident. A minimum of one month visitation is required to determine if any offer could potentially be made. The price of a one week stay is $250 and to visit for one month is $640.

The current conditions are best for someone who has their own off grid, off road, and fully self contained RV, tiny home, but we will also consider experienced primitive campers who have their own mode of transportation, gear, and supplies.

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Population

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Wiccan, Protestant, Lutheran, Quaker, Sufi, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Bahai, Agnostic, Humanist, Jedi, Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: still forming

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, at least partially.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 12.9 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Additional Comments: The Aponi Gardens Ecovillage is currently under construction and is in the forming stages.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Yes and No depending on your position or membership arrangement.

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan (plants only, no animal products), Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Other
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.

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Fair Housing Laws

Our community does not provide land or housing, so is not subject to fair housing laws., Housing in our community is incidental to employment and therefore fair housing laws do not apply (though employment discrimination laws may).

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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