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Aponi Gardens

Last updated: January 30, 2016 (2 weeks 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 permalculture, community enterprises, 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 and the smaller recreational, business lot is in Montgomery County. The goal is to establish a completely self-sufficient community through permaculture, community enterprises, agroforesty and ecotourism. I am a life-long naturalist and I have been living simply and sustainably off the land since around 2004. Some of the small livestock I have considered are bees, earthworms, meal worms, cuy, quail, dove, crawfish, turtle and rabbits, among many other species and breeds. Some of the larger livestock types I’ve considered are Pineywoods Cattle, miniature longhorns, hairsheep or another type of mammal that produces impressive horns or antlers. The property in the past has produced a good amount and variety of wild mushrooms and I would definitely like to get into growing edible and medicinal mushrooms. I have a unique vision and brand of ecotourism, farming and ranching that I would like to establish here and replicate elsewhere. I am currently seeking co founders and partners. There are now openings for offgrid campers. 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.

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

Current job opening below :

There is currently a job opening for a compatible person who has their own transportation as well as a travel trailer, tiny home, motorhome or tent, yurt, teepee if you are an experienced off grid camper(or truly wish to become one). You must have the means to provide All of your own necessities. That means I am NOT obligated to provide your food, cigarettes, toothpaste or toiletries! I live here simply and cheaply, and to most people in poverty, but I am far wealthier and free than most slaves. The work prospects in the area are slim. My work is an hour and a half to two hours away. Criminal backgrounds are accepted on a case by case basis. NO FELONIES as per Texas law! The first months rent must be paid before you arrive and if you have felonies it is not refundable. NO kids, there is no running water here. Rent for one compatible person or a couple of two compatible individuals for this position will be $150 or $250 respectively. You will be required to work up to 20 hours per month. There is no set schedule, many people can’t handle this. NO closed minded freaks or brain dead zombies who want to eat my brain need apply! Your compensation will be a discount in the regular rent price of $640. I am looking for a near perfect fit or fits. To apply send me an email explaining why on Earth you would want to stay in Southeast Texas(!?!), what types of pets or livestock you have cared for, what type of work you are not willing to do, what type of creatures you do not like, your gardening or horticulture experience, your skills, what your ideal ecovillage would be like, what types of people you cannot stand, what languages you speak, what are your favorite books, what are your favorite pass times, what is your favorite types of gardening, what are you favorite type of animals. I am a life long naturalist and gardener. I’ve been gardening since I could walk and playing with snakes since I was four. There is a one month probationary period at the end of which you can move to the river lot or a local campsite so than we can each separately evaluate our compatibility in regards to our vision for the ecovillage and determine any potential future collaboration. This is an opportunity to become a founder in my first ecovillage. I will be much more selective than I have been in the past. So if you have been referred to come here to get a free ride or conform me to the zombie apocalypse FORGET IT!

things to RECONSIDER!!!: there is no running water here(and rain does not always fall), toilets are composting or as doth the black jaguar(or bear whom buries his turds), you must provide your own housing and necessities, there is not much work in the area, there is not much to do if you are not into nature and ecology(other than read).

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, other
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: bring or build your own
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, ferrocement
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: If you are interested in visiting, joining or becoming a co founder send me an email with your story, hopes and what you wish to get out of visiting or joining.

    Short-term visitor is $640 per month. Long-term visitor is $300 dollars per month and you must pay all three months in advance. You are responsible for providing all of your own necessities.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: If you are interested in visiting, joining or becoming a co founder send me an email with your story, hopes and what you wish to get out of visiting or joining.

    Short-term visitor is $640 per month. Long-term visitor is $300 dollars per month and you must pay all three months in advance. You are responsible for providing all of your own necessities.

    Criminal backgrounds are considered on a case by case basis.

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • 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
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: A vegetarian diet is respectable. In the future the inner circle and/or certain community locations may be strictly vegetarian.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Protestant, Native American, Agnostic, other
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge