Last updated: November 3, 2013 (5 months 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: Yes
  • Address:

    Tyler County, Texas, 75979
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Organic gardening and Nature

Community Description:

Aponi Gardens is an eco-village that aspires to live a holistic lifestyle from organic gardening and community enterprises. Aponi is a Native American word for butterfly.

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.

The $250 per person membership application fee comes with a one month trial period to assess compatibility. The $250 sum is for people who have there own vehicle. $250 fee does not cover water, food, but Wi-Fi is available.

Currently, we do not have running water. Water is hauled in and rain water is collected.

Current conditions are probably best for someone who has their own RV.


  • Adult Members: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: still forming

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 12.9 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 3
  • Additional Comments: currently under construction

Labor and Money

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


    Yes and No depending on your position or membership arrangement.


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

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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.