Last updated: September 3, 2013 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: May 30, 2012
(Floyd, Virginia, United States)
- Status: Forming
- Started Planning: 2012
- Start Living Together: 2009
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
- Website address: http://floydecovillage.com/
- Contact Name: Floyd EcoVillage
- Phone: 540-745-4434
188 Eco Village Trail SE
PO Box 235
Floyd, Virginia, 24091
The 75 acre property features designated spaces for residential living units, some of which are planned as duplexes, some single family homes. Every building will be built to a high energy conservation standard using as many locally harvested building materials as possible and with a net-zero energy use plan. Some will be built by the homeowner, others by the community to be offered as rental or leased housing.
Construction on the Community Center is finally complete, which will be both a central gathering space for the community and a means of generating income for interested residents. The Community Center includes a large Celebration Hall suited for events ranging from theater, dance, and musical performances, to workshops, conferences and weddings. A commercially certified kitchen, fully equipped for the use of caterers, small value-added food production and, eventually, a small restaurant and a dining room, the Conversation Cafe, will serve as another meeting space, break room and general dining area.
Already in place and available for renting is the small group-oriented campground which hosts 10 tent pads circling a shared fire pit, picnic area and a bathhouse with restrooms, showers, a dish sink and potable water. In the final stages is a Bermed Lodge for overnight to long-term rentals. The lodge will include two 2-bedroom apartment and five 1-room apartment units with a central kitchenette, laundry and community gathering space. Primarily built to house on-site staff and individuals waiting for their permanent residence to be built, the lodge will also host friends of the EcoVillage and will be completed in Fall 2013.
Also in operation, as of September 2013, is an alternative high school, Blue Mountain High School, hosted downstairs at the Community Center. Here students’ mental, physical and emotional development will be supported and encouraged through traditional academic studies as well as non-traditional mindfulness education. The school will utilize the Community Center, organic gardens and other resources at the Floyd EcoVillage to facilitate project-oriented applied learning.