Last updated: April 15, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: June 11, 2011

Jewel Creek Ecovillage

(Greenwood, British Columbia, Canada)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Meike
  • Address:

    Greenwood, British Columbia, V0H 1J0
    Canada

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Ecovillage

Community Description:

We are a family of 4 (Oliver, 31, Meike, 35, Emil, 2 ½ and baby Eva), seeking connection to the land and community. We value sustainability and want to live a satisfying, healthy and creative life. We bought a piece of property with the intent of starting an organic farm and forming an ecovillage. We moved to Jewel Creek in May 2012, started renovating an existing log house and building our homestead.
We would like to invite like-minded people in our age group (20-40ish) to inquire, help out, learn and perhaps join and create a wonderful interdependent community with us.

THE PROPERTY: It’s located only minutes north of Greenwood and only an hour from Osoyoos, 142 acres with Jewel Creek running through it as well as at least one artisian spring. It has great sun exposure, good top soil and is big enough for several families to live on self sufficiently. It has crown land on 3 sides and trails all around. Less than 2 km to Jewel Lake.

OUR PLAN:
We are planning to build a cluster of natural homes designed to minimize ecological disturbance and maximize use of the fertile, previously cleared areas for organic farming and gardening. We will use building material sourced from our land as much as possible.
We are already producing our own solar power and are going to set up hydro systems.
Grey water will be treated naturally and used for irrigation. Composting toilets will provide humanure for some gardens and plants.
We would like to host workshops, retreats, and small festivals related to sustainability, music and the arts, and healing. We hope that this will not only be fun and social but also bring the community some income for improvements, bills and further development.
We want to consume food that is produced locally, ideally on our own farm, but always sustainably. Our organic farm will supply residents and visitors with fresh, organic food; surplus can be sold on local farmer’s markets (twice a week in Grand Forks) and to restaurants in the area.

We cannot sell shares or set up a land trust of any kind however we are also not charging any rent or joining fee.
We would like to invite people to join who have some of the skills and experience in community living, natural building, establishing off-grid energy systems, permaculture, organic/bio-dynamic farming, educational programs and/or are simply and wonderfully handy, hardworking, hands-on folks.

Please check out our posting online for more info!

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Optional. There are schools nearby.

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Democratic decision making with a community council. To be discussed.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 142 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Additional Comments: So far. Up to 20 homes planned.

    Cohousing possible

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: We are not intending on having any debt including mortgages or other loans. The idea is to be self sufficient, off the grid (except telephone, internet) and in control of our own destiny (as much possible).

    Small yearly maintenance fee of less than a few hundred dollars

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: TBD

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Keywords

transition, peak oil, oil crash, diversity, autonomic, autonomous, self-governed, bunt

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.