Last updated: September 17, 2012 (2 years ago)
Listing created on: May 29, 2006

NW NJ Ecovillage

(Sussex County, New Jersey, United States)

Mission Statement:

ecological, cooperative living

Community Description:

Vision Statement (4/3/10):
We are a family of friends creating a community dedicated to caring for the Earth and its inhabitants by learning, practicing, and demonstrating the skills for ecological sustainability and a nurturing society.

Mission Statement (4/3/10):
Our community is cultivating a close relationship with the Earth through low-energy living, permaculture, natural building, and continual waste reduction.

We create community by valuing close, respectful relationships, using consensus decision making and resource sharing.

We support each other’s well-being and are creating a self-supportive, local economy, where we live and work cooperatively.

List of General Agreements (5/28/06):

- House clustering
- Natural building and retrofitting of existing structures
- We respect children, families, and parents
- Energy needs must follow a set of core principles
- We will have some community-shared buildings
- There will be no dietary restrictions (except no humans)
- Respecting of all spiritual and secular beliefs
- CSA on property
- Prefer to be five miles from a town
- Sustainable horticulture and agriculture
- Cooperative ownership of land and housing with oversight from the community on sustainability practices
- Shared meals
- Community composting
- A learning center in the ecovillage
- Permaculture
- Resource sharing
- Ecological water use (grey water recycling, and no septic or sewer systems)
- Continual waste reduction
- Pedestrian walkway with a parking lot on the outskirts of the community
- Car cooperative of biodiesel and grease vehicles
- Composting toilets
- Members will contribute the minimum number of community labor hours
- We will evolve into a network of local ecological communities

Listserve: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EcovillageNWNJ

Population

  • Child Members: 6
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We will have a free school and unschooling community in the community, but children have choice of what school they’d like to attend or not attend.

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private Schooling at the Community

Government

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: based off of but not strictly cohousing, because we are a common treasury community, but we have house clustering, common buildings and land, and shared meals

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Shared Expenses: 100%
  • Required Labor contribution: 0

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: a strong focus on a localized diet, no restriction on omnivorism, vegetarianism, or veganism

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

NJ, common treasury, ecological, homesteading, foraging, appropriate technology, free school, unscho

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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.
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