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EarthArt Village

Last updated: November 3, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: January 26, 2005

EarthArt Village

(Moffat, Colorado, United States)

Mission Statement:

rural residential cooperative

Community Description:

EarthArt Village is in formation, with the intention to evolve as a model, holistic, sustainable community–living harmoniously with the Earth, sharing resources and responsibilities, and balancing the common good of the group with the wellbeing of each member. The purposes of this cooperative association are to:
1-Own, manage, and maintain land and facilities for the benefit, health, and wellbeing of the residential community and other members;
2-Cultivate lifestyles demonstrating the learning and living of cooperation, simplicity, creative expression, and respect for one another and nature. Honor, steward, protect, and enhance the natural environment;
3-Establish energy efficient, ecologically sound living, learning, working, and playing environments, using sustainable design, methods, and materials;
4-Research, develop, and maintain alternative, off-grid, sustainable infrastructure: common food, energy, water, and waste-management systems;
5-Conduct community endeavors, such as member-managed agriculture and businesses, cooperative purchasing programs, publications, research projects, and artistic and cultural activities; and
6-Provide a living context and example for educational demonstration of sustainable community living–socially, spiritually, economically, and environmentally.

About

Housing

  • Area: 480 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: The Coorperative Association owns the property and improvements. Members own shares in the Cooperative.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 6
  • Non-member Residents: -2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please eMail info@earthart.org to arrange to visit between May-Oct.
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Prospective membership is explored on a case by case basis. Our extreme rural location offers little income earning opportunities.

    Intermittent projects selected by the group.

    Approx. $8,000 per share, minimum 2 shares per household (to be built). Non-shareholding member fees on a case by case basis.

    Dues or renter fees for residents.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

Additional Comments

This is a remote, high altitude area and lifestyle, beyond rural – actually identified as Frontier..

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

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