Last updated: July 25, 2014 (3 months ago)
Listing created on: December 7, 2007

Freethinkers Ecovillage

(Wausaukee, Wisconsin, United States)

Mission Statement:

Good, sustainable living, no deities required.

Community Description:

We are a family north of the Marinette, Wisconsin area who are interested in finding other couples, individuals, or families who would like to live more sustainably. Our main goals include large-scale personal and market gardens, long-term food storage, small-scale keeping of livestock, energy independence, and learning how to function without depending on outside assistance through the inevitable ups and downs of life.

We have 27 acres of rolling land near the Menominee River that we are currently developing into a small homestead. There is a fair amount of affordable land for sale in the area for anyone interested in forming a community with us but not in the sharing of property. As a matter of fact, there are 80 acres to the direct south of our land for sale – already developed a bit.

We believe in the importance of community and families. We would love to have other people to share this journey with. Not only would we enrich each other’s lives, but as the old saying goes: two hands are better than one. We are helpful to a fault and willing to learn just about anything we have to. If you are interested in joining us on this venture, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are going in this direction whether or not we can put together a group… we just think it would be a lot more fun and interesting to make this happen with other people.

Our goals with our land do not currently include selling off small parcels or incorporating. We have plans to build guest housing or small rentals on our land for those who are interested in the lifestyle and for one reason or another can’t afford to buy in the area. These will not be finished for a few years, however.

Please remember that this lifestyle is not something you can simply jump into on a whim. It’s a lot of hard work and the initial start up cost for land, housing, and equipment is fairly steep. I don’t mean to scare anyone away from this, because in my opinion it’s totally worth every penny and every drop of sweat. I’m merely implying that we are looking for serious, dedicated people who have thoroughly thought this lifestyle through. Is that you? Are you done dreaming and ready to get your hands dirty? If so, please contact us!

**House construction is complete! We are now living on our land. Look for exciting updates on my atheisthomesteader blog!**

Population

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 21-30%
  • Percent Men: 71-80%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We’re agnostic atheists. Ideally, we would like to be surrounded by like minds, but we are friendly enough to get along with pretty much anyone.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community, Agnostic, Humanist, Other
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Individuals who own their own land and work together to achieve goals. Your land, your rules. We don’t over reach.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Not yet, we aspire to do so.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 27 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Planned number of residences: 3
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
  • Additional Comments: This is our private land, but we are willing to take in another family if we meet the right one. Otherwise, there is plenty of land for sale around us.

    We will be adding on guest housing in the years to come.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: Your finances are none of our business.

    This lifestyle is a lot of work. We help you, you help us. We’re happy to share our tools and experience.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%
  • 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: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: We love having dinner parties, bonfires, and family fun days. I love cooking and baking.

    We don’t smoke, and would prefer to be surrounded by non-smokers. If you like what you see, maybe this would be a good time to kick the habit? Of course, this only applies to our personal property. On your own land, that’s your business.

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Keywords

orchard, livestock, garden, permaculture, atheist, homestead, organic

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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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