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Last updated: September 3, 2013 (10 months ago)
Listing created on: May 30, 2012

Floyd EcoVillage

(Floyd, Virginia, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2012  Established: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://floydecovillage.com/
  • Contact Name: Floyd EcoVillage
  • Phone: 540-745-4434
  • Address:
    188 Eco Village Trail SE
    PO Box 235
    Floyd, Virginia, 24091
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us at floydecovillage@gmail.com or call 540-745-4434 for information.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Intergenerational Sustainable

Community Description:

A new intentional community focused on bringing together people who want to live and work in an environment that encourages sustainability, personal growth and lifelong learning is coming to the New River Valley. The Floyd EcoVillage is currently under development and scheduled to open in phases over the coming months.

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.

Population

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: A private high school is in development.

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Democracy (majority rule)
  • Additional Comments: Currently the community is all family, so we have not decided entirely yet.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 73 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments: Currently 2, space for 30 units.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Additional Comments: However, the community would like to build a way for members to work on the land and in the Community Center and earn a decent living.

    IF they want to.

    Have not decided yet.

Diet

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Have recently put in orchards and are expanding the organic gardens.

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Video Gallery

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Community Affiliations

Anahata Bio-Community, Abundant Dawn Community

Keywords

Virginia, green, organic, nature, self-development,

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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.
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