Last updated: June 30, 2015 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999


(Glouster, Ohio, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1992  Established: 1994
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Emily Van Doren Bush
  • Phone: 740-448-2403
  • Address:
    10770 Hooper Ridge Rd
    Glouster, Ohio, 45732-9247
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Write, email or call.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    There is a week end visit, then a 2 week one. If approved for provisional membership, you live on the land for 7 months before being accepted as a full member.

Mission Statement:

We work together to develop a more ecological, personally fulfilling, and just way of life.

Community Description:

Edges is in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains near Athens, a progressive community and home of Ohio University. Its 94 acres of wooded and clear hills include many “edges.” Nine adults steward the land. Residents include ages from 20s to 70s. Occupations take people off the land in varying degrees, eg. a solar and wind business, a minister and a psychologist. On the land are a holistic health consultant and Reiki & Fitness trainer in a wellness center in the renovated farmhouse.

The land with an existing farmhouse was purchased in 1993. We built a community house operated by wind and solar power. It is now a private residence. After 13 of us lived in the original house and ate all our meals together, we now eat and meet and work together once a month and get together once a week for “tea & talk”. We have individual houses including a log one with a greenhouse and solar/wind power and net-metering (which is for sale); a two-story plus 3rd floor tower, frame home in the woods, with solar and wood stove (which is for rent); a small, totally solar one with an indoor compost toilet. One couple is in the process of building a stacked wood house, currently living in an insulated tent with an outdoor kitchen and working on their outhouse and greenhouse/utility building. We want to build a small transitional house for provisional members or interns.

We’ve gone from huge gardens to smaller ones close to our houses and more protected from the prolific wildlife. We put up some food, including the apples from original trees and ones we planted. There has been a variety of workshops and events over the years, including cider pressing. Our permaculture plan and ideas for a community-based sustainable economy and for animals is getting closer with our new people. Long range plans are for seed oil production. Goats are in the works.

We have a foundation of 20 years but are still open to new ideas. Our vision of cooperation includes making decisions on what will work best for each and for the group as a whole. We use consensus for major decisions and, rather than emphasizing rules, prefer living by guidelines and consciousness. Flexibility allows for changes in the balance between individual and community needs. Everyone contributes time and money, working on projects we choose. We are looking for responsible, positive people dedicated to intentional community life on a land trust. Write for information, and include an introduction about yourself or call Emily at 740-448-2403. We are particularly interested in a couple/family who would like to buy the beautiful log home seen on top and bottom pictures.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We pay for a lifetime lease to live on the land and steward it as a land trust.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus + (everyone agrees, except for up to 3 people.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 94 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind
  • Additional Comments: There are 2 pictures of one of the houses for rent/sale.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Close to all expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 50
  • Additional Comments: See attached. $8,500 lifetime lease payable monthly; $3,000 one-time improvements through labor or equipment

    Monthly maintenance, about $50. Labor help is expected but no specific hours required.


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

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alternative energy, permaculture, balance

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