Last updated: March 23, 2014 (9 months ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Port Townsend EcoVillage

(Port Townsend, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2004  Established: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.ptecovillage.org
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Port-Townsend-EcoVillage/222358561111422
  • Contact Name: Port Townsend EcoVillage
  • Phone: 360-343-1355
  • Address:
    420 35th St
    Port Townsend, Washington, 98368
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    See our website, then contact us by email or phone.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Currently welcoming new members interested in buying a lot and building a home, especially families with children. See Membership Process on our website for further information and application materials.

Mission Statement:

Permaculture, ecovillage, Non-Violent Communication, consensus, growing food, sustainability, harmony

Community Description:

Do you want to walk, bike or bus to beaches, a food co-op, and the heart of a cultural and historic small town? Do you want to live in a community of people dedicated to living in harmony with each other and with the earth?

We are a small-town, multigenerational EcoVillage on 7.5 acres in Port Townsend, a historic seaport of 10,000 residents. We have a core group of a 27 active participants: 24 people, including 5 children, live on site now, with other members nearby. After several years laying the groundwork and putting in infrastructure, we are flourishing at 10 years old and still growing!

Two of the twelve 4,000 square-foot lots for homebuilding are currently available for sale, and rental units occasionally open up for new occupants.

Residents share ample common gardens, fields, woods, a large 3,600 square foot shop/art center. We have extensive food gardens, and will build a common house once we have more members. We plan to use 3 acres of our best land to grow food using permaculture and organic methods, and to develop additional cottage industries. We embrace and seek diversity and especially welcome families with children.

Structured as a Home Owners Association, our members own their own lots and the homes they build on them, and thus have access to mortgages, federal tax deductions and tax credits for renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.

The lots cost $110,000. To keep the EcoVillage as affordable as possible, we offer some discounts and partial financing with a contract at 3% per year for those who qualify. This does not include the cost of a dwelling.

We offer tours once a month prior to our monthly business meeting on the second Sunday of each month, and can sometimes arrange for a tour on another date. Call us to arrange a visit!

Population

  • Adult Members: 22
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 9
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: No specific shared spiritual path, although members embrace many spiritual traditions and collectively celebrate the seasons of nature. Eclectic and Deep Ecology.

    Education choices are up to the parents.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Other
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Formal Consensus by C. T. Butler.

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town
  • Area: 7.5 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 13
  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Other
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: Mostly open fields, some forest.

    Members own their own home and lot, and collectively own most of the rest of the land as a Home Owners Association

    6 dwelling units currently, 3 under construction, with total of 13 or so total planned.

    More ecological intentionality and requirements than most co-housing communities.

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: No
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Some assessments adjusted according to need.

    Minimum 10 hrs/month but most do more. Flexibility for families.

    Lot purchase required, plus cost of building a small dwelling. Partial financing available to those who qualify.

    To cover taxes, maintenance, insurance, utilities, etc. Currently covered by rental income.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Weekly community meal, plus twice a month, will likely increase when we build a common house.

    We hope to grow more of our own food as we expand.

    Community-wide meals are mostly organic and vegetarian.

    Smoking is prohibited in buildings, allowed outdoors only in designated sites.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Keywords

ecovillage, permaculture, Non-Violent Communication, cohousing, organic, multi-generational

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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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