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Dragon Belly Farm

Last updated: January 18, 2016 (3 months ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Dragon Belly Farm

(Pt. Ludlow, Washington, United States)

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Living

Community Description:

We wish to build intentional community amid the greater community in Jefferson County on 39 acres, 17 miles south of Pt. Townsend, 30 miles and a ferry northwest of Seattle on the Olympic Peninsula. The land has a variety of ecosystems: about half forest, some of which are wetlands; a quarter meadow on glacial moraine; and a quarter pasture on wetter bottomland. There are two creeks and two ponds. We expect land owned in common with some form of private ownership of home and home site. We prefer environmentally sensitive, ecologically sustainable building materials and design. Current growth limitations may require multifamily housing with shared kitchen.

Our values include sustainable organic agriculture, conscious eating of a natural-foods diet, and a recognition of how dietary choices involve/affect planetary economics and the environment. We prefer open communication with regular community meetings and other shared rituals, shared activities, and shared reality.

The form and timing have changed. The owners have been living in California, building suburban community, accumulating capital, seeking partners, and now that they have retired are ready to return….at least part-time. There are caretakers on the land. We need partners with capital to own and build. We have considered building a retreat/resort center as an alternative community if a residential community does not manifest, or an active senior community.

Fall 2008: With new pressure from the county, we need to install septic and start building houses, at least one house and one ADU so that there is a permitted place for our caretaker to live…and for us to get ready to be there. We want to design a strawbale house.

Spring 2010: We have just put up a barn to store equipment and further visioning for the future.

Winter 2015: We are in the process of building a house on the land. We are also looking at a property just down the road with a wonderful lodge building, a huge barn, and other buildings that could be added to our project for a retreat center….with the right partners.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 39 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 7
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: with commercial property, it will increase to 43 acres.

    The house burned down. Caretakers live in simple structures.

    Potentially cohousing or ecovillage

Membership

  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Email me and then I will email Michael, the caretaker of the land, if a visit seems appropriate to all of our goals.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Ecumenical and eclectic

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Only because we are the only owners…

    will be primarily consensus

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: To live there, one would have to build a home, and to build, one would have to own a share of the land.

    to any regular monthly costs like rent or mortgage and utilities.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), 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.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments: potentially far more

Additional Comments

We have been trying since then.

A small subgoup is currently living there.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Community Affiliations

San Mateo Ecovillage, Damanhur, Federation of Communities

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.