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Last updated: May 12, 2011 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: November 15, 2009

Betterfields Community Development

(, United States)

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Village

Community Description:

We are a growing group of people from around the World! Who are forming a Sustainable Community in the United States. We are looking for people who are committed to the support of each other and are determined to build a Living Quality of Life that; With the knowledge of Science and a strong respect of Nature; Together we can provide for ourselves nearly all our needs. From the ground up we’ve taken a new look at Community concepts and have designed the Betterfields Community Development.
Betterfields provides the opportunity of modern living without the high financial expenses that burden so many of us throughout the world today. We are pulling together our talent’s and some financial assets to provide our Land,Housing,Utilities and food. All from Sustainable Natural Resources. We hold the notion that a community is a living part of its natural surroundings, not something to be built at nature’s expense.
Principles of Sustainability touch everything; From our home’s methods of construction, heating and cooling, to the organic meat and produce for our tables.
Come check us out!

Population

  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Historically, a village is not a village unless it has a church. A non-denominational church would do well for the village on many levels. Weddings for tourist is another income stream for the community members.

    Members follow their own spiritual traditions.

    Education of our children and adults will be held as a high priority in order to foster leadership within and outside our community.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Village Council and members will plot direction based on sustainable principles set up by the Betterfields Foundation.

    During the planning phase everyone can and should voice their inputs, During construction professional inputs and Village Council and members will plot direction based on sustainable principles set up by the Betterfields Foundation.

    During planning and construction, decisions are made by founding members with professional inputs. Once infrastructure is established a Village Council and members will plot direction based on sustainable principles set up by the Betterfields Foundation.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 30
  • Additional Comments: We are looking for land opportunities in the north west united states along or near the coast.

    A community land trust, land share are being looked into. Individual land ownership is important to us all and every effort will be made to that end.

    The first phase of building will accommodate 15-25 plus homes; pavilion and a business district of stores/shops to maintain a business connection with surrounding communities. Further growth will be determined by public interest and land impact.

    Betterfields has a few concepts that set it apart from other Communities.

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: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: In the Betterfields community we will supply our own food and utilities. This will create many job opportunities for us all & share the profits of our goods sold. You and a few other community members may work in the horticulture dept. harvesting food, then that food is later sold to an outside food vendor. A small percent of that profit will go to the Betterfields Foundation to offset cost of the communities infrastructure; community member grant money for a business start-up and/or charity outside the village. The remaining will be given to those who worked in the community that month. Multiple schemes are being looked into supplying an income base, via a monthly dividend or income check.on levels of work.

    It is best to join our community with as little debt as possible.

    Work loads will very from day to day depending on your interest, talents and age. Daily working hours will be kept to a minimum. ie. 4-6 hours per day.

    No fees are expected for joining at this time.

    The community as a whole will have to purchase the land and pay for the installation / equipment for our infrastructure; where ever we can supply our free labor, we will save. Once established, we all will pay to repair infrastructure that we can’t fix ourselves. Money for this fund will come from the sale of our products.

Diet

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional comments: Community members can eat together as often as community members organize these events. Events will feature free range boar; turkey and pheasant. Including a verity of farm raised fish and shrimp will be available for planed events; our community restaurant and for your private home cooked meals.

    We need to grow and raise as much of our own food as possible, including animals and fish culture. The more food verities we grow the greater the opportunities to create income streams for ourselves.

    Our Community is inclusive and will support “separate from meat” preparation areas for Vegetarian Cuisine. It is understandable that most Vegetarians may not participate in some aspects of animal harvesting. A decision like this is up to each individual, as we will pick our job vocations ourselves. Our food choices will be large and wide & respect of food choices will flow both ways.

    Every effort will be made to encourage the noted chefs among us to share their culinary delights with our community for the Village Street Restaurant and pavilion events for all of us to enjoy.

    Smoking is not encouraged in our community; Restricted in public areas.

Keywords

Permaculture, eco-village, Hobbit

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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.
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