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Aponi Gardens

Last updated: August 24, 2015 (6 days ago)
Listing created on: June 19, 2015

Aponi Gardens

(woodville, Texas, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aponigardens
  • Other social: https://www.facebook.com/AponiGardenspage
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
    Send an email and we’ll send you the first questionnaire to begin to determine compatibility.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Get to know one another through email correspondence, phone conversations, and meet if we seem compatible. Then stay as a paying guest for a predetermined, probationary period.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to form a fully self sustaining community through community enterprises, growing our own food and producing value added produce, making a living on a small subsistence farm, learning primitive survival skills and agroforestry.

Community Description:

Aponi Gardens, a community currently in the formation stages, is twelve plus acres of diverse Southeast Texas flora and fauna along the northern gateway to the Big Thicket along with a satellite recreational lot near a thriving urban center. Off Grid camping is available for fully contained, off road RV’s and experienced primitive campers.

The current process for joining is to stay as a paying guest, or in rare circumstances a working guest, for a predetermined amount of time, according to our individual arrangement, to determine if your goals are compatible with ours.

Electricity is the only connection to the grid at the main property, and the small recreational lot is completely off grid at present.

Population

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 1-10%
  • Percent Men: 91-99%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We are looking for HONEST(emphasized due to importance), intelligent people who are able to utilize their cognitive abilities independent from the delusional mainstream paradigm.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Protestant, Lutheran, Quaker, Native American, Agnostic
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Once the community is formed it will transition to more of a democratic/”By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group” type of government.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Not yet, we aspire to do so.
  • Location: Rural, Suburban
  • Area: 13
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Additional Comments: At present it is a bring your own housing situation: tent, yurt, tee pee, fully contained off road RV, or in some situations build your own wigwam, longhouse, trailer park boy abode or wiki up.

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: 300
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Fees/labor contribution depend on arrangement. If you pay to stay there may be no need to work.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%
  • 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.), Kosher, Other
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Often times dinners are shared with guests during wildcrafting, or foraging, demonstrations, but it is understood that eating is a very personal thing and people are free to eat in private if they wish.

    A vegetarian, or predominately vegetarian, lifestyle is something that may be encouraged eventually. At present there is definitely hunting and utilization of animal parts.

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