Aponi Gardens

Conroe, Texas, United States

  • Last updated: July 25, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 24, 2016

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.

I still need one more person, non resident founders are a possibility, to help me establish a non profit corporation whose initial primary objective is to preserve this special piece of creation.

One week RV camping is $400 and you will be the only other party on the 12 acre property. Tent camping for one week is $100, but other guest may be present. If you want to be the only other party the fee is the same as for an RV. RV and tent camping for one month is $640 as the sole party camping on the grounds. For one month’s tent camping with the possibility of other guest the fee is $460.

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.

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 Orgánica, log cabins, teepees, off road RV, vintage travel trailer

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email me telling me your story, and if I think we are compatible I will send you a reply and we can go from there. The more information you provide allows me to better gauge our compatibility. There is a $64 dollar membership application fee that covers a 31 day membership and probationary period.

  • 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. What you would hope to accomplish or experience from being a temporary member or co founder. The more information you submit will allow me to better discern if you are compatible with myself and if you will enjoy and find your time here constructive. Please tell me about your experience in these areas: gardening, camping, off grid living, animal husbandry, and specialized knowledge. You are responsible for providing all of your own necessities.

    Non resident members are being sought for help in establishing a non profit corporation whose primary, and initial goal is to preserve this unique special piece of property thereby preserving the rare plants that grow here. The Creator led me to this property that had all the criteria that I was searching for.

    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: $640
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    After you pay the initial fees and first months rent labor for rental credit is 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: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: 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, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, other
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • 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.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Wiccan, Protestant, Native American, Agnostic
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    No alcohol until the beginning of September 2017

  • Additional Comments:

    The very rare common sense, honesty, and critical thinking are the lifestyle attributes we seek.

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