Last updated: January 4, 2015 (3 weeks 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
Write, email or call.
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.
We work together to developing a more ecological, personally fulfilling, and just way of life.
We have acquired a couple in their 20s and 30s who will be building an alternative house. We are looking forward to acquiring farm animals and expanding our gardening and other activities. Another couple will be moving here in the spring.
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 and get together once a week as people are available. 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 frame home in the woods, with a third-floor tower; a small, totally solar one with an indoor compost toilet. 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 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.