Blue Moon Cooperative

South Strafford, Vermont, United States

  • Last updated: February 12, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 21, 2004

Mission Statement

Food, woods work, and laughter.

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. Being a cooperative has been important to all of us, because membership and governance rights and responsibilities are defined as the same. We’ve made every decision in more than thirty years by consensus. Our main shared projects presently is woodland stewardship. We are not seeking new members because for now we’ve found a size that seems just right.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1983
  • Start Living Together: 1985
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: No
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  • Contact Name: Jim Schley


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 160 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitor Process:


  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Membership Process:

    We’ve found a size that seems just right.

  • Open to new Members: No


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We’re staunch about consensus process in all cases.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments:

    We share overhead expenses: 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

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


Cooperative neighborhood, forest stewardship.