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Aponi Gardens

Last updated: December 19, 2016 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: January 24, 2016

Aponi Gardens

(Conroe, Texas, United States)

Mission Statement:

The goal is to establish a completely self-sufficient community through permaculture, community enterprises, subsistence farming, agroforesty and ecotourism.

Community Description:

Aponi Gardens is over twelve acres of land in the greater Big Thicket region of Southeast Texas. The main property is in Tyler County, along the northern gateway to the Big Thicket and the smaller recreational lot is in Montgomery County in an area known as the Little Thicket. The goal is to establish a completely self-sufficient community through permaculture, community enterprises, agroforesty and ecotourism. I have a unique vision and brand of ecotourism and farming that I would like to establish here and replicate elsewhere. I am currently seeking co founders and partners. We have open places for offgrid RV’s, yurts, tents and tiny homes. Also there is plenty of room to build your own wigwam, teepee or longhouse. We may have vacancies, or openings, starting in mid February of 2017.

Some of the main types of construction that I am interested in are log building and ferrocement construction.

At present the only connection to the grid is electricity. Electricity is available at the front of the recreational lot.

The Tyler County property is an amazing biologically diverse property with ideal topography for retention ponds. I presently have nearly everything we need to build a log cabin. During the dead of winter is the time to cut the trees traditionally.

I support traditional Bible based Christian beliefs as well as some of the Eastern philosophies included in Hinduism.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, other
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 13 acres
  • Current Residence Types: bring or build your own
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, ferrocement, ewok village
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Ewok village, Arquitectura Org├ínica, log cabins, teepees, off road RV, vintage travel trailer

Membership

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Email me telling me your story, and if I think we are compatible I will send you instructions on how to pay the application fee that covers a background check.
  • Membership Process: If you are interested in visiting, joining or becoming a co founder send me an email with your story, hopes You are responsible for providing all of your own necessities. Application for a one month membership is $64 and $150 for a three month membership. The membership rate is $300 per month. We may potentially be seeking new members in mid February of 2017.

    Criminal backgrounds are considered on a case by case basis.

Government

  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes

Economics

  • Join Fee: $64
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $300
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Work exchange for rental credit is usually available.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, other
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: A vegetarian diet is respectable. In the future the inner circle and/or certain community locations may be strictly vegetarian. Alcohol not only lowers your physical immune system, but your spiritual immune system as well. This has been scientifically documented in India.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments: The very rare common sense, honesty, and critical thinking are the lifestyle attributes we seek.

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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