Last updated: August 23, 2013 (8 months ago)
Listing created on: September 14, 2006

Green Valley Village

(Sebastopol, California, United States)

  • Status: Established
      Established: 2004

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.GreenValleyVillage.com
  • Contact Name: Elise
  • Phone: 1-707-US-GVV-IC
  • Address:
    13024 Green Valley Rd
    Sebastopol, California, 95472
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    On the second Saturday of every month there is a work party at 10am, lunch 2pm-ish, tour of the land and buildings at 3pm and a potluck dinner at 6pm, with music afterwards.

    We welcome visitors at other times; however, arrangements must be made in advance (for tour and for overnights). Please email.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    diversity welcome!

Mission Statement:

life-enhancing economics

Community Description:

We are a growing eco-village of 35 members spanning three generations endeavoring to co-create a culture of conscious kinship, ecological sustainability, and Life-affirming economics.

We are forming an LLC to develop a long-term lease with the MRP Trust, which purchased hundreds of acres of rolling hills, farmland, and forest in the heart of West Sonoma County, California in 2006 to serve as a demonstration site of an intentionally integrated culture that conscientiously meets human needs.

Those of us who live, love, learn, work, and serve & celebrate life together express our shared commitment to conscious living, community growth, and ecological stewardship through the following spheres of influences: Local Economy & Finance, Health & Wellness, Appropriate Technology, Community Governance, Culture & Education, Land & Nature and Built Environment.

The land we inhabit and steward is in the heart of West Sonoma County, California. (Less than a 20-minute drive from the towns of Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Occidental, and Guerneville.) We are the site of Green Valley Farm CSA, Oaktopia -unique oaktree nursery, and Wildernes Skills nature awareness programs for youth. The CSA and the CRIC house (Cultural Rehabilitation Internship Center) located here is part of the network of WWOOF locations.

Population

  • Adult Members: 50
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Members practice earth based spirituality, science of mind, buddhism, yoga, atheism and others.

    Preschool on the land possibilities.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Native American, Buddhist, Paganism/Earth Religions, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions), Other
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Additional Comments: Sorta yes in the sense of we’re forming an LLC to hold long term committed people’s investments ($ and sweat) in the land. But those individuals wouldn’t hold anymore decision making power than other members.

    All community decisions are made by consensus at Village Council. V.C. has outsourced and decentralized certain day-to-day and realm specific decisions to spheres groups.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 170 acres
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: Adjacent forested 158 acreage is also accessible and shared.

    We are forming an LLC to hold a triple-net long-term lease, manage, and steward the land.

    We’re a 100yrold ranch so there’s lot’s of workshop and barn space!

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
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Everyone who’s a member pays a minimum amount monthly.

    3hrs/wk plus weekly work party, meeting and communal dinner.

    Communal Dues are $50/month in addition to Membership Fees for land access, personal-private-bedroom space.

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: 3 all community meals a week. Community meals are primarily vegetarian, with occasional vegan and meat options.

    and growing! (community owned, operated CSA started spring 2008)

    Some people are Freegan, some people are vegan, some people are localvors, some people grow, harvest, farm, raise their own food, most people eat animal products regularly.

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Keywords

permaculture, rural, ecovillage, eco-village, homesteading, homestead, farm, goats, cows, large rura

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.