Last updated: December 18, 2013 (4 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
10770 Hooper Ridge Rd
Glouster, Ohio, 45732-9247
Visitors accepted: Yes
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Open to new Members: Yes
alternative energy, balance
The winter of 2013 we have acquired 2 couples in their 20s and 30s who will be building alternative houses in the summer. We are looking forward to acquiring farm animals and expanding our gardening and other activities.
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 once a month, but expect to change that to once a week. We have individual houses including a log one with a greenhouse and solar/wind power and net-metering; a two-story frame home in the woods, with a third-floor tower; a small, totally solar one with an indoor compost toilet.
We expect to have 2 houses for sale or rent in the future.
We’ve gone from huge gardens to smaller ones close to our houses and more protected from the prolific wildlife. We still put up some food, especially 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.
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 at 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.