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Biospharms

Last updated: July 7, 2016 (2 months ago)

Listing created on: July 29, 2011

Biospharms

(Cayo, Belize)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.biospharms.com
  • Contact Name: Darin Smith
  • Phone: 011 501 652-2222
  • Community Address:
    Biospharms
    Cayo,
    Belize

Mission Statement:

To live a sustainable lifestyle.

Community Description:

Biospharms are best described as ARCs. Agricultural Retreat Communities or Eco Villages. For many reasons known to the awake Christians in the US we have chosen a tropical location in Central America. Belize, to be precise, due to it’s Christian constitution and basis in English law, not to mention English speaking. The area of Belize we were lead to is particularly Christian and has an established barter economy. Our community is mostly off the grid and under the radar. We are all working towards being totally self sustaining as far as food staple items. We focus on permaculture and sustainable ag along with simple living homes and small scale animal husbandry to supply our needs. We are securely fenced and gated and strategically defendable in case the need arises. The community is simple and understated to avoid attention, however, designed to be fun, safe and carefree for the most part. If you are looking for a safe, secure, affordable, and sustainable retreat away from big government and secularism then we may have a place for you. Our Biospharm packages include a chosen parcel of land with rights transferred using a 99 year lease, the farm parcel completely fenced, a standard cabin with bathroom, a water cistern, permaculture fruit and nut tree groves, a raised kitchen garden, solar lights and more for around the same price as an average new truck. Farm packages start at $49,900 usd If interested, please contact Darin Smith at 011 501 652-2222 or by email, [email protected]

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 43 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house
  • Current Number of Residences: 50
  • Land owned by: Land rights are transferred via a 99 year lease.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 40
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Schedule a showing in advance.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Make contact, schedule a visit and then proceed with buy in.
  • Additional Comments: Basic Christianity

    Pure Christian

    However the village school is awesome. Its just down the road a hop and the kids are awesome. I wouldn’t think twice putting my kids there.

Government

  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The home association board of directors makes all major decisions by vote, the developer of the community currently makes day to day decisions regarding the community maintenance.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $35.00
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: You must buy in at some level, farms with cabin starting at $49,900 usd. We do allow payment plans with half down for qualifying families.

    Association fee of $35 usd per month. A minimal maintenance fee based on parcel size is charged for residents who do not live in the community full time or they may hire their own grounds keeper.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Swingsets & play areas
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Christian
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Each independent Biospharm within the community is self sustainable, off the grid, but within our secure barter community. Biospharm community members have the option to be 100% off the grid with solar electricity and water cisterns or they can choose to hook into the municipal water supply with a monthly fee. Internet access is also available with packages starting at $30 usd from the provider.

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Keywords

Sustainable, Christian, eco village, solar, off the grid, agricultural, community, food, affordable

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.