Plenitude Ecovillage

Last updated: January 24, 2015 (10 months ago)

Listing created on: December 6, 2011

Plenitude Ecovillage

(Madison, Wisconsin, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Joseph de Rothschild
  • Phone: 608-422-3534
  • Address:
    3256 Milwaukee St #1
    Madison, Wisconsin, 53714
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    If interested in joining contact Joseph de Rothschild by email (preferred) or phone.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Sustainable Living Off Grid

Community Description:

Plenitude Ecovillage goal is to establish a community with a foundation or mantra found in the book ‘Plenitude’ by Juliet Schor. A community that will build social capital, become and teach self-reliance and balance work and life. Sustainability is the core value as with most ecovillages but also a desire to build alliances with the community outside Plenitude. The area currently to establish the ecovillage is the driftless area of Wisconsin near Viroqua or surrounding county areas (Grant, Vernon, Crawford, Richland, or Iowa County).

Establishing an internal and external economy focusing on ‘green’ economy skills and tradesman skills.
Our population goal is 50 permanent villagers with additional interns and visitors calling Plenitude home.
If interested in building a home, life and community contact us to begin the adventure.
We have also started committees and meetings once a month.

Join us for the MREA fair in June. If you need a ride from Madison we have a space for one and will allow second tent on our site next to the MREA fair….cheers


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Parental choice – Goal is to establish a school on site

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


  • Type: Land Trust
  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Committee of the Whole – Committee established to develop a plan/solution then acquire 80% votes for the item.

    Experts in each field of permaculture

    We will use 80% as consensus

Land and Buildings

  • Area: Looking to buy 120acres so residents can build there tiny/ecofriendly homes
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Additional Comments: Land to be purchased will be between 50 to 100 acres and will be controlled by Community Land Trust

    Read description of what community buildings are planned to be built

    Cohousing groups welcome

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No


  • Additional Comments: Income sharing group(s) accepted as part of the community

    Membership can be earned by internships and community hours worked

    No fee at this time until the community is formed

    Annual dues will be between 0.25% and 0.75% of gross income or through community hours worked



  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Planned food produced: 100%


  • Food produced locally: Almost All~ up to 90%


  • 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.


  • Additional comments: Goal is to be over 80% grown on the land and 100% local community

    Not a requirement to participate


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge