Last updated: October 10, 2016 (1 week ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999


(Glouster, Ohio, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1992
  • Start Living Together: 1994
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Susan B. Young
  • Phone: 740-590-4874
  • Community Address:
    10770 Hooper Ridge Rd
    Glouster, Ohio, 45732-9247
    United States

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.” Eight 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. Chickens 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.



  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 94 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments: There are 2 pictures of one of the houses for rent/sale.


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 8
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Write, email or call.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: 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.
  • Additional Comments: We pay for a lifetime lease to live on the land and steward it as a land trust.


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


  • 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: 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.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%


  • Common Facilities: Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most 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

Additional Comments

We are looking for a couple to invest in their future through purchase of a wonderful log house with greenhouse, solar, wind, net metering, garage. We could possibly use an intern this summer. We also now have a house for rent and the house for sale is available for rent.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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.