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Boise EcoVillage Project

Last updated: March 2, 2016 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: May 6, 2014

Boise EcoVillage Project

(Boise, Idaho, United States)

Mission Statement:

Envision a community living in harmony with the earth and with each other through green building, renewable energy, shared governance and permaculture principles. Residents of the Treasure Valley collaborate to manifest a sustainable community, sustainable business incubator, and education center in an urban setting.

Community Description:

The community is forming online, among friends, through word of mouth outreach events. We are a Facebook group of 650+ members with a wealth of skills, talents and abilities. Our core group is three LLC members with 6 new applicants this last month. We are about to finalize our operating agreements, membership agreements, principles and guidelines, as a member managed organization using dynamic self-governance. We currently have 7 Village Circles. We are leasing 3.5 acres where we are building relationships, hosting events, planting gardens and creating community space. We are still keeping our eye out for land, although we are drawn to a geothermal property in Buhl that is on the market. We are exploring options for financing the project, crowdfunding, community supporters, and loans. Our community welcomes diversity, including socioeconomic status. We are currently made up of families and people of all ages. We have urban farmers, permaculturalists, horticulturists, homesteaders, builders, teachers, healers, a fabulous attorney, musicians and artists. We have already begun to host workshops, retreats, events, conferences and festivals. We would like to be a model of sustainable living, and teach these skills at an education center. For this reason we want to be accessible and integrated into our larger community. We have chosen Dynamic Self Governance (Sociocracy) as our governance model, after reading “We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy.”

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: To be Determined

Housing

  • Status: We have raw land
  • Area: 3.5 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: We would like to have a variety of housing options. Residents will potentially rent homes built by the community, lease space to build their home (self build or hire a builder-preferably a community member), lease space for a tiny house (built by others or build it yourself). The community will create guiding principles by which to build but ultimately will use principles of green architecture and natural building –passive solar, earthships, earthbag construction, geodesic domes, strawbale, tiny homes, cob. We will cluster the homes around common houses, bathhouses (if necessary) and shared community space. We plan to have a community center and a dining hall.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Membership Process: We have a membership application form on our website. Members will become managing members of the LLC, and must share the same community vision, sign a membership agreement, have a desire to live sustainably and contribute to the project.
  • Additional Comments: We are a member managed organization. Members join the LLC and agree to pay $10 a month and contribute 4 hours a month to the project. They participate in at least one Village Circle. They can use the community space for events and gatherings, receive 20% off workshops and classes, are entitled to a fair share of vegetables from the garden, and may start a land based or community based business.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Members will be trained in Sociocracy and participate in Village Circle(s) they are passionate about. Each Village Circle elects a representative to the Core Council.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: For the current project, which is not-residential we require $10 and 4 hours of labor per month. when we establish a residential community this will be different. Some early ESTIMATES: 10 hours per week of service (labor) in the community, $2000 to join the community (can be paid off over time), and a monthly contribution of $150. Land/community based businesses will be asked to contribute a minimum of 10 percent back to the community.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Fire pit, Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: No
  • Internet Fast?: There is no internet access at our community.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), 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.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We hope to someday have a community kitchen that can produce a vegetarian and gluten free option with each meal. We might also look into creating various food co-ops within the community if we end up with very distinct dietary practices.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Buddhist, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Agnostic
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We wish to produce our own food (permaculture food forests, organic gardens, orchards, greenhouses, aquaculture, chickens, goats). We wish to build using principles of green architecture (passive solar, earthships, earthbag construction, geodesic domes, strawbale, tiny homes, cob). We wish to utilize sustainable/renewable energy sources. We wish to be a demonstration site and a place to hold workshops and retreats. We wish to be a business incubator. We wish to live in peace and harmony with the earth and with each other.

Keywords

boise, ecovillage, intentional, community, permaculture, farming, wellness, renewables

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