Jump Off Community Land Trust

Last updated: January 3, 2011 (5 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Jump Off Community Land Trust

(Sewanee, Tennessee, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Address:
    1499 Tate Trail
    Sewanee, Tennessee, 37375-4036
    United States

Mission Statement:

sustainable/eco stewardship

Community Description:

Our purpose is to promote and encourage environmental awareness by maintaining our land for wilderness, educational, and homestead uses; to demonstrate an ecologically sustainable lifestyle that includes affordable housing, energy efficiency, and sustainable agriculture within a cooperative community; and to host seminars, workshops, speakers, and research residencies in natural sciences, arts, spirituality, and related subjects.
We support each other in our livelihoods, spiritual growth, arts and crafts, and other projects. The land is owned in common, but we each have our own house, income, car, tools, etc.
We have 1,100 acres of land, 30 acres cleared, and the balance woodland that has been protected for over 55 years. A resident member may sell, bequeath, or rent their residence subject to approval of the other members. The number of households is limited to 10 and they are situated around the original farm. The residents agreement restricts toxins from being used on the land such as pesticides/herbicides. Most of the 1100 acres are left “forever wild.”



  • Area: 1100 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)


  • Adult Members: 19
  • Child Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Phone or write before a visit.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Currently, there is an opening for one new (member/household). Community is accepting applications from prospective new members


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: A monthly fee is paid by each member which pays for taxes,insurance,maintenance and new projects.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

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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.