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Last updated: August 17, 2011 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: August 17, 2011

Eco Acres

(NC or VA Mountains, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Donya Lucas
  • Phone: 336 686-0851
  • Address:
    2219 Lake Forest Dr.
    NC or VA Mountains, North Carolina, 27265
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    For now, they should help us look for an ideal 20 acre plot of land and meet us out there to discuss possibilities.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Creative Co-op Eco Biz w/ Core

Community Description:

Looking to join with three other families to buy about 40 acres in the mountains of NC. Near Black Mountain or Penland would be ideal. Also near water and recreation options would be great. It would not be important for all or any of the families to maintain their primary residence on the land. I would like to be off the grid. When we could afford it I would like to put a very nice outhouse, fire pit and 4 yurts on the property. A very nice bath house and sauna would be nice, too. Also, a stage and stump seating could be added. I would like to use the land for the enjoyment of the 4 families but also to generate revenue through offering accommodations, unique experiences, therapeutic/ educational, artistic and team building workshops, outdoor theater, and more. It would be a place where 4 families could cooperate to create a very unique and special place to share and create.
My husband and I have a varied educational background including MA degrees in Conflict Resolution, Education, and Liberal Studies and BA degrees in Fine Arts, and German Area Studies and Assoc. Degree in Photography Spanish and a Women’s Studies minor. He runs a production company (photography and video) and I am mainly focused on raising our 2 and 3 yr old boys. (We hope to adopt 2 children from the Foster System in the future, as well). I would like to put lots of time and energy into Eco Acres to make it something special, and to use our skills in innovative ways. I would like to bring what can to the table and join with others to build a community that has a core but is open to sharing with the larger world.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We’re Unitarian Universalists, we feel that we should all be free and encouraged to find meaning in our lives. As long as fear tactics and oppression are not used, we embrace all spiritual practices and faith traditions.

    We don’t want to isolate ourselves or to conform. Families can make their own choices but I would like to start mine out with home schooling, and lots of fun/ social activities.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Unitarian Universalist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: It’s just me now, but I don’t wish to dominate.

    The four families units (singles are fine) will each have equal consideration. Business decisions will have a somewhat different process but we will strive for fairness in all that we do..

    We will operate a business and therefore business and community decision making will have their own processes. We will agree on some guidelines, processes, and core values in the beginning that will guide us. We will keep it as simple and fair as we can.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 20 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 4
  • Additional Comments: 15 to 40 could work

    more or less could work

    yurts, one per person or family unit

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: We hope to own the land, facilities and a business in common. Other than that families will be independent.

    It takes work to build something special but I want to remain flexible in what contributions of time, effort and finances are expected.

    But, we do need land and land isn’t free.

    But, when we want to create something that requires investment we will need to find a way to do it.


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: I would like us not to support agribiz and CFOs. I would like to try to grow what we can, buy local and organic when we can and to be conscious consumers, in general.

    More would be awesome

    big efforts to stay away from agribiz, and to make intentional choices.

    We don’t want to be extreme, but we don’t want any substance abuse or poor judgement

    Very very seldom. Once again, not be extreme but let’s not support the cigarette companies or expose each other to second hand smoke or fire hazards. People who care about there own health and the health of others would be the sorts we hope to find.


off grid, workshops, eco, yurt, kids, rentals, investors, income, core values, Unitarians, theater,

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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.