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Last updated: January 20, 2011 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: January 17, 2011

Central Iowa Intentional Community

(Colfax, Iowa, United States)

Mission Statement:

Nature base Rural Community

Community Description:

Beginning permaculture farm on 80 acres 20 minutes outside of Capitol. Hoping to create flexible income sharing community that will derive income from member interests (i.e., Farming ,hosting & teaching workshops, art, crafts, etc). We have an interest in Earth honoring traditions, appropriate technologies, and sustainable principles.

Among our intended projects are; environmental education non-profit, forest farming/gardening, pasture raised animals, perennial foods, renewable energy production, green/natural building techniques, hosting sustainable/ healthy living retreats and workshops, artist collective and much more.

We are a down-to-earth couple, currently building our first residence on the land. We are seeking others who may want to live on the land and help us create a sustainable community that celebrates the Earth, and each other.


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Unitarian Universalist, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 80 acres
  • Land owned by: Another form of Non-profit
  • Current number of residences: 1

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: sliding scale


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: hope to move to over 50%

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Farm, Rural, Earth Spirituality, Income Sharing, Permaculture, Education, Retreat

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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.