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Laytonville Ecovillage

Last updated: February 28, 2016 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: February 22, 2009

Laytonville Ecovillage

(Laytonville, California, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2004
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://laytonvilleecovillage.com
  • Contact Name: Dan Antonioli
  • Phone: 7070 984-6536
  • Community Address:
    PO Box 914
    Laytonville, California, 95454
    United States

Mission Statement:

Sustainability, Community, Arts.

Community Description:

PARCELS FOR SALE STARTING SPRING OF 2016. WORKING GROUP FORMING TO DISCUSS THE NEXT STEPS! SEE WEBSITE. EMAIL FOR DETAILS.

A semi-rural ecovillage-in-the-making on ten acres of beautiful Northern California land, one mile out of the town of Laytonville. Ten acres have been subdivided into four parcels which allows for the development of new green homes and community space. We partner with the Solar Living Institute (solarliving.org) to host workshops in sustainability.

The vision is to create an “intentional neighborhood” where people live in private homes, next to neighbors they want to live with, and with whom they share community gardens and community structures. One of the goals is to create a “net zero energy” community.

Unlike a lot of rural homesteads, we’re walking distance from town, which lowers our carbon footprint and allows us to be more self-sufficient. Ten acres offers abundant space for agriculture, housing, and workshop space. Cultural diversity and the arts are priorities. Work trade and Internship opportunities start in the Spring. See website for details.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 10 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Similar but zoning won’t allow for clustering. Each parcel can support two single-family homes.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Email or call us with times you’d like to visit. We’ll host monthly tours starting in April, after which visitors should come expecting to help with day-to-day tasks on a busy homestead.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: We don’t currently have a formal membership process. We are a diverse group of renters, developers, work-traders, and prospective buyers.

Government

  • Decision Making: Forming
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The “leader” is the founder, visionary, and developer. In-coming owners, renters, and long-term work-traders assume leadership roles.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments: As noted above, we don’t have a “membership” structure at the Laytonville Ecovillage. Many people purchase land with pre-existing debt. And because of debt, many people prefer to rent or do work trade as opposed to going deeper in debt!

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid, carbon neutral burning
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Gluten-Free, Always a new diet to experiment with!
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

Neighborhood Scale. Net zero-energy future. Permaculture inspired. Private dwellings within a community setting.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

611 Ecovillage

Keywords

Sustainability, community, permaculture, solar, natural building, rocket stoves, cob, arts, healing.

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.