Last updated: April 29, 2009 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: September 21, 2004

Blue Moon Cooperative

(South Strafford, Vermont, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1983  Established: 1985
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Contact Name: Jim Schley
  • Phone: 802-765-4703
  • Address:
    24 Blue Moon Rd
    South Strafford, Vermont, 05070-7711
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: No
    Email.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: No
    We’ve found a size that seems just right.

Mission Statement:

Food and laughing.

Community Description:

This cooperative neighborhood on a gorgeous old farmstead in central Vermont was established by a group of friends who met in the early 1980s while working together in regional antinuclear, feminist, and disarmament coalitions. Initially we gathered as an informal study group to learn about land trusts and collective living. We spoke with people who had lived in communes and collectives and began to explore alternative legal and financial structures with a lawyer who specializes in cooperatives and worker-owned businesses. Our goal was simplicity, fairness, and flexibility. Fortunately, it meanwhile took us several years to find land that we could afford, by which time we had a strong basis of understanding among our members (during those two years we met together at least monthly), as well as a solid set of bylaws. Being a cooperative instead of a land trust has been important to all of us; also important has been the fact that we live off the grid–our homes are powered by solar and/or wind energy. Our present shared projects include woodland stewardship and a community sauna. We’re a musical, good-humored group, very tuned into our kids. We are not seeking new members because for now we’ve found a size that seems just right.

Population

  • Adult Members: 11
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: No

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Definitely not.

    We’re staunch about consensus process in all cases.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 160 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: We’re a true cooperative, legally incorporated as such.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: No
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: We share overhead expenses: truck; three buildings; plowing,logging and mowing expenses.

    Not seeking new members.

    We generally share labor but without specific obligations – just opportunities.

    $1,000 cooperative membership.

    Monthly overhead and equity payment, with equity refundable in event of departure., the latter refundable in event of departure

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Other
  • Additional comments: Mixed
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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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