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EcoFarm Community

Last updated: January 5, 2016 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

EcoFarm Community

(Plant City, Florida, United States)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1998
  • Start Living Together: 2001
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.ecofarmfl.org/
  • Contact Name: Jon or Debbie Butts
  • Phone: 813-754-7374
  • Community Address:
    4451 Needle Palm Rd
    Plant City, Florida, 33565-5166
    United States
  • This Community is Re-forming

    My wife and I bought this place in 1985 and after researching IC’s in 1998, understood how new communities become successful. We’ve experienced limited success but still haven’t found that one in a million person(s) that want live long term in this part of the world (good old hot wet buggy Florida) doing farm related work along side of us (humans) in a non-passive way. True someday I’ll have to give up but for now what to keep the welcome sign up!

Mission Statement:

Sustainable diverse farm intentional community based on proven science and the rules of successful communities.

Community Description:

Our is focus is on sustainable living, farming, alternative energies (solar), permaculture, environmental issues, social justice, and pastured based farming. Community products include organic vegetables and eggs, ornamental trees, cane syrup, Water Buffalo dairy and native plants. We also have mechanic and wood-working shops. Community outreach activities include a sustainable living program (www.wmnf.org), farmers’ markets, and support of global community efforts. Carpentry, mechanic, or agricultural experience is a plus. Want-to-do projects: finishing the dairy, woodgas, electric tractor, etc.

The mission at EcoFarm is to form a sustainable, eco-friendly, people-friendly, farm-based intentional community that provides for all the needs of community members. Members are community-minded. They are focused on maintaining the well-being of the community and striving towards increasing sustainability. Meaningful work, a social environment, and community activities cultivate an atmosphere of common purpose and shared experiences. Prospective members need no money to join, only should be free of debt and to have a willingness to put the community first. Visitations are by appointment.

We believe the world is at a critical-decision crossroads. The survival of our planet, indeed the human race, is at stake. Science has confirmed what we are witnessing first-hand; global warming, resource depletion, escalating population growth, mass extinctions, and other worldwide events demand that we adopt a more sustainable lifes. Our personal decisions in daily living are the key to changing this destructive course. We strive to help others in finding more sustainable solutions for everyday living through education and demonstration of subjects as native and edible landscaping, reuse, recycling, conservation, and more. Living in the Sunshine State, we place a strong emphasis on solar projects, such as solar heating, cooking, and electricity.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 55 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Hoping to form community land trust

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Visit our website and call or email us to begin a dialogue.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: E-mail interest, phone call, fill out questionnaire in web site, visit.
  • Additional Comments: We’re a family and children oriented community, open to singles

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Open to suggestions

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments: No debt highly preferred

    Community tasks divided between members.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Lunch and dinner together

    Highest percentage of food grown in winter

    Flexible sustainable food

    No problematic drinking

    Mostly a Weston A. Price Diet

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: Yes you need to care about your health.
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Highly populated county

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

Tampa , WAPF, NVC, permaculture, wholelistic resource management, sustainability, solar power.

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