Glouster, Ohio, United States
- Last updated: March 14, 2017 (2 months ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
We work together to develop a more ecological, personally fulfilling, and just way of life.
Edges is owned and operated as a land trust corporation, comprised collectively and equally of its members. Members own their houses, but the land property itself is held in trust, undivided and unparceled.
Though there are no property lines, members occupy and homestead their own personal area of land. The community seeks to balance privacy and autonomy with integrated community living and collective planning and decision-making.
Our governance structure operates by “consensus minus-one”, though almost all our decisions are reached through full consensus, upholding simple core values of trust, respect, transparency, and open communication.
Currently there are six core members, only four of which live on the land. The community is also home to other resident non-members and families, and continues to offer affordable housing options for alternatively minded individuals and couples who may or may not be interested in a long-term membership commitment.
Our membership process involves an extensive 7-month “provisional membership” period during which potential members live on the land and participate as if they were members, with several “check-ins” to discuss compatibility.
Our community meets one weekend a month for an official meeting, work-day project, and meal. We benefit from several shared resources, including a laundry room, large chest-freezer, garage/workshop, tractor and bush-hog, riding mower, hauling trailer, 4×4 UTV, wood chipper, and small barn.
Our 94 acres is located near Athens, Ohio, in the foothills of Appalachia and unglaciated Ohio River Valley. Our land occupies one of the highest points in the county, serving as a watershed property for tributaries of the Federal and Sunday Creek. The diverse ridge top topography cradles many diverse micro-climates and habitats, from dry open meadows to mature diverse hardwood forests, swampy seeps and vernal pools to highly competitive new-growth forests. The land offers abundance in wild food and medicine, including persimmon, paw paw, elderberry, black walnut, blackberry and wild mushrooms. We have a half-acre pond. Delicious varieties of second and third generation apple trees speckle the property from an old orchard. Our meadows, rarely mowed, are pollinator havens as well as battlegrounds of highly competitive invasive species such as multi-flora rose, autumn olive, and Japanese honeysuckle. The land supports little fertile bottom land, but its dynamic forms in both topography and biodiversity offer enormous potential for a large-scale permaculture plan and integrated systems approach to food, medicine, and firewood production.
Currently, we maintain personal gardens, harvest wild food, and keep several bee hives.
We hope to attract creatively driven individuals to participate in and become part of an evolving community vision, one which is ecologically sensitive, which celebrates diversity and cooperation, one which respects privacy and self-reliance, but is empowered by co-dependence, collaboration, and trust.
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- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1992
- Start Living Together: 1994
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Contact Name: Susan B. Young
- Phone: 740-590-4874
- Community Address:
10770 Hooper Ridge Rd
Glouster, Ohio, 45732-9247
- 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)
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Join Fee: $8500
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $50
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Our financial requirements for members include:
$8,500 lifetime lease
(payable monthly, interest free)
$3,000 improvement fee
(can be payed alternatively through work/exchange, equipment, or other community-driven proposals)
$50 maintenance fee (monthly dues expected from every adult residing at Edges)
Help/labor is expected during our monthly scheduled community weekends.
- Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
- Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
- Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Wood
- Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: From 50-75%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
- Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
- 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.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
- Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
alternative energy, permaculture, balance, gardening, holistic healing, rural, off-grid, solar, eco