Last updated: March 31, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Dragon Belly Farm

(Pt. Ludlow, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 1989  Established: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.greensolutions.org/dbf.htm
  • Contact Name: Dragon Belly Farm
  • Phone: 360-732-4855
  • Address:
    3882 Larson Lake Rd
    Pt. Ludlow, Washington, 98365
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email me and then I will email Michael, the caretaker of the land, if a visit seems appropriate to all of our goals.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

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 are currently living in California, building suburban community, accumulating capital, seeking partners, and waiting until retirement to return. 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 liveā€¦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.

Population

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Ecumenical and eclectic

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Additional Comments: Only because we are the only owners…

    will be primarily consensus

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 39 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: with commercial property, it will increase to 43 acres.

    The house burned down. Caretakers live in simple structures.

    Potentially cohousing or ecovillage

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: 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.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: potentially far more

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Dormant
  • Shared common building: No

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

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.