Last updated: April 29, 2009 (6 years ago)
Listing created on: September 21, 2004
Blue Moon Cooperative
(South Strafford, Vermont, United States)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1983
- Start Living Together: 1985
- Visitors accepted: No
- Open to new Members: No
- Contact Name: Jim Schley
- Phone: 802-765-4703
24 Blue Moon Rd
South Strafford, Vermont, 05070-7711
Visitors accepted: No
Open to new Members: No
We’ve found a size that seems just right.
Food and laughing.
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.