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Aponi Gardens

Last updated: May 3, 2016 (3 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, along the northern gateway to the Big Thicket and the smaller recreational, business 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 am a life-long naturalist and I have been living simply and sustainably off the land since around 2004. 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. 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.

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

Currently, applications are being reviewed for a full time helper who has experience living off grid in primitive conditions. There is electricity here, but other than that it is primitive. You must provide your own housing such as a tent, yurt, RV, teepee or off road mobile home. If you have a tent we could make room for it under the barn for a little more protection from the elements. In return for your help you get free rent and a share in the food grown here, but you will still need to provide some of your own necessities such as food, personal hygiene products and whatever else you need. Interested parties should send an email thoroughly describing your off grid living experience, all your animal care experience, special skills, how you could contribute to the cause, what types of chores you feel uncomfortable doing or will not do, what your ideal eco village or intentional community would be like, what you hope to accomplish through joining, and some of your social media accounts as personal references.

If you are intolerant, spiteful or hateful towards traditional, Bible based Christian beliefs then you should not apply.

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%
  • Visitor Process: Send us and email thoroughly describing yourself, and if we think you are a fit we will instruct you on how to pay the $64 membership application fee that covers the cost of a background check. 3 month lease is $640 per month with $600 deposit. We are presently looking for someone with an offroad RV to sign a lease starting July.
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • 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. 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
  • Additional Comments: It is like the US democracy. We consider the mass vote and the elite make the final decision.

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: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

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 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, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, other
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • 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.
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.