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Port Townsend EcoVillage

Last updated: February 23, 2016 (7 months ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Port Townsend EcoVillage

(Port Townsend, Washington, United States)

Mission Statement:

Vision Statement: Port Townsend EcoVillage is a community of people dedicated to living in harmony with each other and with the earth, exploring together ways to live more sustainably.

Areas of focus: permaculture, ecovillage, Non-Violent Communication, consensus, growing food, sustainability, harmony, diversity and social justice

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: 26 people, including 6 children, live on site now, with another member nearby. At 11 years old, we are flourishing 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. Coming soon: sites for 3 tiny houses, and a duplex for affordable rental to families.

Residents share ample common gardens, fields, woods, a large 3,600 square foot shop/art center. We have extensive food gardens, and are currently designing a common house we hope to complete in 2017. 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. HOA members collectively own a large 2-kitchen home with 4 bedrooms, currently all rented. In 2016 one lot is being developed with a duplex for affordable family rental housing, and infrastructure will be put in on another lot to accomodate 3 tiny homes (up to 400 square feet, on a foundation).

The two available lots cost $110,000. To keep the EcoVillage as affordable as possible, we offer some discounts and partial financing for those who qualify. This does not include the cost of a dwelling, but does include one twelfth ownership of common land and buildings.

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

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 7.5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Planned number of residences: 7
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments: Members own their own home and lot, and collectively own most of the rest of the land as a Homeowners Association. Renters in rental units fully participate in community life.

    9 dwelling units currently, including 2 under construction: total of 16 when build-out is complete, so we may grow to around 50 residents.

    More ecological intentionality and guidelines than most co-housing communities. Most of the comm land is fields, gardens and forest.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 21
  • Child Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: See our website, then contact us by email or phone.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: 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.
  • 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.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Formal Consensus by C. T. Butler.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Currently our assessments are at zero, covered by rents.

    All residents are encouraged to provide a minimum of 8 hrs/month but most contribute much more. Flexibility according to need.

    Lot purchase is required, plus cost of building a small dwelling. Partial financing available to those who qualify. More affordable rentals will be available via tiny homes on one lot, and a new rental duplex on another, to be completed in 2016.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • 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), Vegetarian Only (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegetarian, Mostly Vegetarian, Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Most common meals are vegetarian, organic, some local
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet 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.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

Bikeable walkable small town surrounded by the Salish Sea and the Olympic Mountains. We are a community within a progressive, artistic community.

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

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.