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Aponi Gardens

Last updated: September 20, 2016 (6 days 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 permaculture, community enterprises, subsistence farming, agroforesty and ecotourism, and to live a life glorifying to the Creator by observing the ten commandments and the true Sabbath. The way to determine the Sabbath is found in the book of Enoch. This method rings true in a common sense way that is in perfect accord with all of Creation.

Community Description:

If all the people of the world followed the Ten Commandments life on Earth would be a lot closer to the garden of Eden. One of the ten commandments is to remember the Sabbath and keep it holy. For some time, one of my prayers has been to know what day is the true Sabbath. The ancient calender of Enoch determines the Sabbath according to what day the spring equinox falls on that year. In 2016 the Sabbath is on Sunday, because the spring equinox fell on a Sunday. In 2017 the Sabbath will be on Monday.

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 2006. 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.

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 and scientifically, and I would like to get the first log cabin started this winter.

I am currently entertaining the possibility of having the ideal person sign a one year lease where they would be the only other party renting. There is presently plenty of open space for gardening and livestock as well as wooded, shady areas for mushroom farming and woods chickens. Installing fence or bartering livestock could be an option to paying rent. Just as a basic plan to work with it would be 12 month lease $1000 per month with a $640 deposit. You would easily have 6 acres of land to utilize for approved purposes such as parking RV, 18 wheeler, temporary buildings, if we construct a log cabin you can live in it for the remainder of your lease, shady areas for mushroom cultivation and open areas for longhorn or Piney Woods cattle, or maybe some bison. You would have use of one of the 1100 gallon rain water tanks and access to the Montgomery County lot. The land you rent will not be contiguous so that you will have access to more variable types of areas: in reach of electricity, closer to rain water tank, open area, shady area, hunting/shooting area, etc.

Position available for full time helper. If you hate people who believe in God you should not apply.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • 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 Org├ínica, log cabins, teepees, off road RV, vintage travel trailer

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Send us an email thoroughly describing yourself, and if we think you are a fit we will instruct you on how to pay the $64 temporary membership application fee that covers the cost of a background check. 3 month lease is $1200 per month with $1200 deposit.
  • 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. You can rent for a while and then all parties can determine compatibility and then have a truer sense if we share the same goals.

    The hunting seasons are coming up so I am open to leasing/sharing the property with one other party for the duration of the hunting seasons. Price per month is variable, but $1200 per month is the starting ground.

    Short-term visitor is $1200 per month. You are responsible for providing all of your own necessities.

    Criminal backgrounds are considered on a case by case basis.

  • Additional Comments: I am open to different methods of joining. If you are interested in living semi off grid in a beautiful northern Big Thicket area of Southeast Texas, have a love and hunger for Truth, it is obvious to you that the world we live in was created by an intelligent being and would like to be involved in permaculture, fungiculture and the construction of log structure dwellings, I would love to hear from you.

Government

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

Economics

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

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: 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.