Dream River Ranch, LLC

Oasis, Idaho, United States

  • Last updated: January 15, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: September 8, 2007

Mission Statement

To create a sustainable environment for multi-generational individuals and families who desire to live in harmony with nature. Where diversity, acceptance of others* and dedication to good earth stewardship is priority**.

*Conflict resolution through consensus is key to fostering leadership skills in all individuals.
**Continuing education in ways to practice sustainable living brings the past to the present and nurtures a life of fulfillment for the future.

Community Description

Dream River Ranch is an intentional community centered on a quality horse-care facility. Horses are highly social animals. They and all our other farm and ranch animals teach us many things about living in community; and remind us daily that we truly are interdependent on the health of our human herd.

We are more than just horse lovers. We are lovers of nature first and seek others who appreciate making a social change through working cooperatively for the creation of quality and quantity in living.

Our Interconnected Circles of Creativity are: Founder’s Circle, Go-Green Building Circle, People Care Circle, Land Care Circle, and Fair Share Circle. What level of involvement is for you?

Get involved with the Dream River Ranch and share our 80-acres through apprenticeships in agriculture, equine therapy, Go-green building technologies and sustainability living practices.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events, Therapeutic activities using horses
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 80 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Dream River Ranch, LLC. Four owners presently. Lease-to-own lots, build your own home in a village surrounding the garden of gardens. Home owners association forms after lots are paid.

    The Ranch House is the Community House for shared meals and gatherings. It has 2 guest bedrooms, decks and yard with huge shade trees… nice for summertime ranch style dining. The open floor plan of Ranch House lends itself well for future expansion with the increase of community members. It is passive solar construction.

    Barns for animal care and meat production already built, tool sheds, workshops and heavy equipment on site.

    Ten acres devoted to the common area with seventy acres fenced and cross fenced for animal containment. Building lots surround a garden where we propose grey-water runoff from the homes to water the garden. Permaculture plan in development. Conditional Use Permit in place for all this and more.

    Property is located 30 min Boise airport and 20 min from small country town of Mountain Home. Great internet. Plenty of water. Easy access to highways, shopping centers, ski hill, hot springs, mountain trekking and fishing.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us at least a couple of days beforehand so that we can make ourselves available. See our website if you are also interested in riding lessons or trail rides.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Attend 3 business meetings as a guest. Volunteer to work within one or more of the interconnected circles for 3 months. Make an application and be interviewed. If approved, live on site through the winter months during which time plans can formulate for the building of your home and purchase of your lease-to-own building lot.

  • Additional Comments:

    We are spirit at work and respect each other’s path to the divine oneness.

Government

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

    Interconnected Circle of Creativity presently are being guided by Joseph Morisette or Willa Rose.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 8
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Garden plot (70×140) is actively being worked this year with expectations of sufficient food storage..

    We accommodate those with food allergies.

    We have grown beef, chicken, turkey and goat meats and intent to add more.

    We like wine and/or beer with dinner.

    Some of us have asthma–and cigarettes are a danger around hay.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Dream River Ranch, LLC. Four owners presently. Lease-to-own lots, build your own home in a village surrounding the garden of gardens. Home owners association forms after lots are paid.

The Ranch House is the Community House for shared meals and gatherings. It has 2 guest bedrooms, decks and yard with huge shade trees… nice for summertime ranch style dining. The open floor plan of Ranch House lends itself well for future expansion with the increase of community members. It is passive solar construction.

Barns for animal care and meat production already built, tool sheds, workshops and heavy equipment on site. Ten acres devoted to the common area with seventy acres fenced and cross fenced for animal containment. Building lots surround a garden where we propose grey-water runoff from the homes to water the garden. Permaculture plan in development. Conditional Use Permit in place for all this and more.

Property is located 30 min Boise airport and 20 min from small country town of Mountain Home. Great internet. Plenty of water. Easy access to highways, shopping centers, ski hill, hot springs, mountain trekking and fishing.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

Agriculture, permaculture, equine therapy, sustainability, hemp houses, homesteading, village