Last updated: January 3, 2011 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Jump Off Community Land Trust

(Sewanee, Tennessee, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1990  Established: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Address:
    1499 Tate Trail
    Sewanee, Tennessee, 37375-4036
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Phone or write before a visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Currently, there is an opening for one new (member/household). Community is accepting applications from prospective new members

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.”


  • Adult Members: 19
  • Child Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling


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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 1100 acres
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Current number of residences: 10

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: A monthly fee is paid by each member which pays for taxes,insurance,maintenance and new projects.


  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • 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.
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.