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Bohn Farm Community Cohousing

Last updated: November 29, 2016 (5 months ago)

Listing created on: April 15, 2005

Bohn Farm Community Cohousing

(Longmont, Colorado, United States)

Mission Statement:

Multigenerational, Diverse, Sustainable Systems, Healthy Living Practices, Farming, Art, & More…

Community Description:

This community will design and build a wonderful sense of place on a historic six acre family farm in southeast Longmont near the St. Vrain River greenbelt and Isaak Walton Park.
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An objective among the existing member, active families and adults who prefer healthy living practices, is to live independently among one-another in a supportive and thoughtful manner. We all believe in developing a community that is oriented around the cultivation and harvesting of agricultural systems and developing systems of sustainability and efficiency. These are some of the properties that fit within our idea cohousing:
• Respecting the viewpoints of others
• You don’t know how much you can give until you start giving
• Sustainability & Healthy living practice
• Energy efficiency and smart growth plans (micro & macro)
• Participate with the greater community
• Achieve an intelligent, strong and self-governing protocols for our community
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Join us to create the neighborhood that fulfills not only your vision but vision of like-minded individuals: a community with neighbors you feel comfortable collaborating with, spacious gardens, open space for our families to enjoy, two acres of city open space, develop access points to miles of the city’s biking & walking trail network, and so much more; there’s that much opportunity as long as you’re willing to work for it!
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We are in the process of working out the Land Option Agreement with the executor to the Bohn Family. The Bohn Family would like to see a cohousing community developed on their historic family property. We hope to conserve the beauty and rural nature of our site yet integrates a modern feel for today’s trends. The existing neighborhood association has also warmed up to the existing cohousing members and the development.
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Location, Location, Location:
• Along the Front range
• Southeast of Estes National Park (45 min)
• East of Lyons, CO (15 min)
• Northeast of Boulder (20 min)
• Blocks away from US Route 287 (main road to Ft. Collins and Broomfield)
• 15 minutes from I25 (South to Denver & North to Cheyenne WY)
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About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Urban

Housing

  • Status: We have land in the permitting or zoning stage
  • Area: 6 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Condo Flats
  • Current Number of Residences: 22
  • Planned number of residences: 40
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Condo Flats
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: We plan on taking advantage of the tremendous passive solar opportunity this site has to offer. There is a 35′ elevation grade change from the South to the North.
    We’ll also have the third fastest internet in the nation.
    We have been approved by the CoL Planning and Zoning commission for a PUD-R; this allows us to have high density housing and to have 6 1000 Sf commercial units.
    1.1 acres will be donated as a park and trail system and 2 acres for farming (farm to table concept).
    With the farming component we also have a very strong artist movement within the community. Art and Farming what else could you ask for?

Membership

  • Adult Members: 30
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact:
    Peter Spaulding
    O: 720.466.0962
    E: [email protected]
    W: www.bfcc.me
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: 1. Fill out community survey
    2. A one time $150 non-refundable payment which allows you to become an Associate Member. Associate Members can attend team meetings and other functions however they do not have a vote.
    3. Participate in Marketing and Member Meetings once in a while.
    4. Call Peter Spaulding to find out the financial commitments in order to become a voting member. Members with vote can help shape the HOA community.
  • Additional Comments: In general everyone is spiritual and respects each individuals choice with their belief systems.

Government

  • Decision Making: N Street Consensus Method
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Teams:
    • Finance & Legal
    • Design & Construction
    • Community Development
    • CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
    • Steering Team

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Additional Comments: This will be an HOA, so there will be monthly dues with the purchase of your future residence. Having said that, these expenses offset the annual expense you’d pay if you owned your home.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), What ever goes. We believe in Healthy Living Practices
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: As we mentioned we are a community that believes in Healthy Living Practices, however there are always times when the rule gets broken.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

An objective among the existing members, active families and adults who prefer healthy living practices, is to live independently among one-another in a supportive and thoughtful manner. We all believe in developing a community that is oriented around the cultivation and harvesting of agricultural systems and developing systems that are sustainable and efficient. These following are some concepts that fit within our idea cohousing:

Respecting the Viewpoints of Others
Sustainability & Healthy Living Practice
Energy Efficiency and Smart Growth Plans (Micro & Macro)
Participate with the Greater Community (Neighborhood Association)
To Integrate Intelligent, Strong, and Self-governing Protocols

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US

Keywords

Multigenerational, Diverse, Sustainable Systems, Healthy Living Practices, Bohn Farm, Community,

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