Community Alive at Earthome

Last updated: August 3, 2010 (5 years ago)

Listing created on: June 28, 2006

Community Alive at Earthome

(Pulteney, New York, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Start Living Together: 2006
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Rainbowheart Francis O’Hara
  • Address:
    Community Alive
    P.O.Box 101
    Pulteney, New York, 14874
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    At this time were looking at doing a seasonal Fall Harvest celebration in early Sept.and could do an open house at that time by request.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    preferably a family

Mission Statement:

Spiritual yet non-religious

Community Description:

Now forming (6/06)in rural western New York State.
Community Alive Eco-Village is an intentional rural co-housing/Eco-Village for sustainable
multi-generational community.
On the western side of, and around Keuka Lake area within the Fingerlakes region of Upstate New York.
Presently centered in Pulteney New York between Branchport and Hammondsport.
We have been strongly influenced by 50 years of exposure and immersion in American Sufi,Vipasana, Quaker, Roman Catholic, 12 Step Program, Native American Teachings with Traditional Elders.
Have fairly extensive experience in particpating in and creating meaningful rites of passage for men ( a few with women)under the guidence of traditional spiritual elders and doing some hospice.
I partook of a 2 year (1986-1989)in Berkeley intensive community building experiment with F. Scott Pecks book The Differant Drum,on community building.
Our vision is a
multi-generational “co-housing” rural
“eco-village cooperative” style community with between 50 to 100 members.
Currently were there’s 3 of us, were 89, 58, and 50 years of age.
Currently were doing a community supported agriculture project with the Bath , New York PeaceWeavers
Currently involved with :
Have strong interest and experience in community radio and possibly bringing a low powered fm station to this region.
Voluntary simplicity are two key words as in:
“Living simply so that others may simply live”.

Community Alive rural Eco-Village is a work in progress currently forming.

Inquiry’s welcome!

We use computers in the local library with limited hours, please forgive slowness in responding to your inquiry’s.


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: already adressed this

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.)
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: At this early stage of developement we are using our intention for wholistic governance

    In my opinion this is a QUITE important question, presently at this stage of developement it depends on the decision

Land and Buildings

  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Additional Comments: at present we are located on a total of 7 acres

    Here in rural western New York land is reasonable compared to most urban areas

    currently in the planning stages

    in progress

    Community Alive project is a vision for simple rural living using a co-housing model

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Required Labor Contribution:


  • Additional Comments: At this point

    OUr vision is to have community work days as in doing ” barn raising” to help each other

    not at this time

    Not at this time, the intent here is for folks as much as possible to be financially independant, we are a work in progress



  • 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: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: it varies with the season, as the vision grows the % of decision made by consensus will grow, and each household’s community meals will vary.

    We have 4 acres of non-organic grapes

    minimal red meat and sugar etc…

    some chicken and fish as needed, use common sense

    At this point, including marijuana, cerimonial use of tobacco ok!

    ceremonial use only, each person determines this for themselves. No smoking in common areas as per agreement


Additional Comments

There are several reasonibly affordible farms for sale in the rural region

In differant ways we’ve been involved in Intentional community collectively for most of our lives.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Welcome Here Circle of Light Community Network – Rainbow Tribes

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns:


Simplicity, Holistic Governence,

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge