[eyesonly level="administrator"]Edit this listing[/eyesonly]
Last updated: April 13, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: November 9, 2004

City of the Sun Foundation, Inc

(Columbus, New Mexico, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1972  Established: 1974
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
  • Phone: 505-531-2637
  • Address:
    City of the Sun Foundation, Inc
    PO Box 370
    Columbus, New Mexico, 88029
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email or write in advance to arrange for an escort or for sponsorship to stay a bit. You may need permission from some members to visit their alternative houses. Please be prepared to camp, have an RV, or arrange a rental before you come.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members:Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
    depending on available homesites

Mission Statement:

Self-sufficiency, community

Community Description:

Founded in 1972, City of the Sun is located on 156 acres in Luna County, New Mexico, adjacent to the village of Columbus. Columbus is located on Highway 11, thirty miles south of Deming (off I-10), and three miles north of Palomas, Mexico. Our goal is to live and work in mutual cooperation; to explore methods of gardening and horticulture in the desert. Our spiritual beliefs vary, all paths welcome. We have Sufi, Pagan, Christian, Native American, to name a few. We often offer workshops in the fall about bokashi and effective microorganisms. We have a designated off-grid area for alternative housing, solar energy, and composting. We have one irrigation well. Some residents use solar water distillers. Due to lack of jobs in the area, residents must be self-sufficient or very creative.

We are busy preparing rental spaces for prospective visitors or guests, and that our focus is on gardening using terra pretta concepts of bio-char, bokashi, effective microorganisms (EM) raising chickens, maybe goats later on, and developing a cachement system for water. To live in our area, one must be self-supporting (on-line businesses?). Few jobs are available, mostly farm labor and other low-income labor.


  • Adult Members: 54
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Additional Comments: in the Light, toward the highest good, all denominations and paths welcome

    also large new public elementary school in Columbus NM with geothermal, greenhouse

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling


  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Board of Directors guided by membership

    Board of Directors, elected by the membership

    full membership participation

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 156 acres
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Current number of residences: 40
  • Additional Comments: the Foundation holds the land in trust until 2072

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: members must be self-sufficient

    As able and willing, we have lagoon parties to clean brush around lagoon, maintain peace park, chop tumbleweeds

    $1500 development fee

    currently about $20 per month per member for maintenance fees


  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • 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 often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional comments: potlucks for workshops, holidays, birthdays

    many vegetarians and vegans, some raw-fooders

    also many non-users. Used often by some, in the privacy of their own homes

    also many non-smokers. No smoking in public/shared spaces


alternative, gardening, housing

Share Button
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.