Last updated: March 15, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: October 9, 2004

Gaia Grove Ecovillage

(near Gainesville, Florida, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2003  Established: 2005
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://gaiagrove.webs.com
  • Contact Name: Joanna Montana
  • Phone: 352-519-4909
  • Address:

    near Gainesville, Florida, 32622
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please email or call first.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Educational Sustainable

Community Description:

We are primarily an eco-camp and learning center and secondarily a cohousing ecovillage on 91.9 acres located approximately 15 minutes by car from Gainesville and the University of Florida. We are now in the building stage and are seeking new members. Our site at freewebs.com/gaiagrove has photos and more information on the eco-camp.

At the Ecovillage, we have six building lots for sale, or you could lease land short- or long-term.

Our vision is to build ecological homes and gardens using permaculture principles, with all but the common house being off-grid using solar energy, compost toilets, cisterns and rain water, and greywater recycling. We hope to have organic gardens in front of the common house, and a natural swimming pool that uses plants instead of chlorine for cleaning. We would also like an aquaculture pond, a green house, and a barn for our 13 chickens and our future horses and goats.

Eighty-four acres will be held as a private land trust, with no permanent buildings or infrastructure. There are walking and bike paths and currently more than 20 campsites, some with platforms and screening.

Population

  • Adult Members: 11
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: cooperative learning center

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Right now Joanna owns the land, but would like to share more decision making with those who buy land or lease long term.

    We do have a Core of other decision makers besides Joanna.

    sociocracy

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 91.9 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 9
  • Additional Comments: with a River

    and Land Trust

    have 3 buildings currently

    not yet completed

    will have 8 separate households and one common house with several rentals in the private and common buildings.

    will be approx 5000 sq ft

    small co-housing community, and an adjacent Eco-Camp

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Minimal amount, 4 hours per week?

    Right now only $5 for membership

    Don’t know how much yet

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: gardens on separate site now

    in common house

Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Own Site
  • Shared common building: No (5000 square feet)

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Coho/US, Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

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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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