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Last updated: May 9, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: November 9, 2012

PeaceMob Gardens

(Flint, Michigan, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2005  Established: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Facebook: http://facebook.com/peacemobgardens
  • Contact Name: Phillip Jacks
  • Phone: 810 444 6028
  • Address:
    1420 Illinois Ave
    Flint, Michigan, 48506
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    get ahold of us if you’d like to come by, or if you wanna stay for a few days or week or whatever. were pretty friendly folks, just a lot of the time we are really busy.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    encouraged!

Mission Statement:

sustainability, art, equality

Community Description:

We are a grassroots organization practicing experimental permaculture techniques, as well as demonstrates various forms of sustainability, organic farming, natural living, green technology, art, culture, & more in an urban environment. We feel that through our practice of farming, technology, consciousness, & education we can help humanity reach a necessary state of symb
iosis with our environment, community, & each other.

Although our goal may seem large, we aim to dispel that school of thought. Change is much easier than people believe, it all begins with us, and our day to day actions. We feel that our strategies we have laid out over the next 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 years, are not only within our reach, but easily replicable by anyone who chooses to learn them.

We’ve started with a garden. In our garden we are providing ourselves, & the community, a place to meet, work together, form relationships, share ideas, knowledge, skills, experiences and stories. Through this bond formed within the acts of creation, we can strengthen ourselves, and develop ideas and passions into reality. The garden is not just a place to meet and learn, but also a metaphor for the better community we are trying to create around the garden.

While unilaterally developing our garden land from vacant blighted lots and lots with homes abandoned by society decades ago, we are finding passionate individuals that truly believe in making positive change here in Flint. Some of these people have chosen to up their level of commitment to the city and become a permanent resident of Flint, and they’ve chosen their home to be here, in the garden. Together we are purchasing up vacant, blighted homes, saving them from the chopping block of demolition, and converting them to modern examples of sustainable at home living. Attaching hydroponic greenhouses to kitchens to provide year round organic produce right in the homes cooking area. Composting with worm bins right at home to produce balanced, healthy soil to up the nutritional content of our food. Decreasing the impact on the planet by catching rainwater, not only for our gardens, but for use as our only source of water in our homes. Conversion to super efficient, clean, thermal mass heaters providing us with free heat with zero impact on the environment. And much much more…….

Population

  • Adult Members: 10
  • Non-member Residents: -2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: all types here.

    people have their own faiths. up to each individual. we respect each others beliefs.

    We don’t yet have it, but plan on forming our own private montesouri

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community

Government

  • Decision Making: By a Community Leader
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 6 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 6
  • Additional Comments: always still building

    currently 6 homes owned by the community. also have other homes privately held inside our community (other friends). if we run outta space, we can buy more houses.

    We exist, but want to purchase up more homes and get them all off the grid.

    average. some smaller, some bigger.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: 20 hours/month (varies month to month)

    $200 security deposit (refunded after internship ends)

    we pay an equal share of bills here. and vote on an equal investment fee. combined its about $200/mo

Diet

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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 often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Additional comments: random at the moment, but often. looking to reach a population where this becomes all meals (if desired by individual)

    hoping to break 60% in 2013 season

    We have all types of food eaters here. Most of us love all types of food.

Fair Housing Laws

Housing in our community is incidental to employment and therefore fair housing laws do not apply (though employment discrimination laws may).

Keywords

eco village, sustainability, urban, organic, farming

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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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