Last updated: September 13, 2010 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: July 25, 2009

Queer Ecovillage

(Asheville, North Carolina, Formerly Gainseville, FL, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2009  Established: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Facebook:
  • Contact Name: Naomi Archer, Susan Carrara
  • Phone: 828-230-1404
  • Address:

    Asheville, North Carolina, Formerly Gainseville, FL,
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Process to be developed to ensure safe space of residents.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Queer, Women, Multi-Racial

Community Description:

Call to Join, September 2010

Seeking LGBTQI and native 2spirit people to join in the formation of a queer/trans women-centered eco-community in the mountains of Western North Carolina.

Individuals and families with vision and commitment are needed now to guide the founding. We are creating an inventory of potential parcels.

The community is envisioned to be a feminist, multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, affirmatively anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homo & transphobic family friendly space. We share a long-term commitment to sustainable living, self sufficiency, social justice and a return to a healthy relationship with the Earth and all life.

We offer an alternative to urban migration of queer people by providing a non-urban “back to land” farm and wilderness-based space that can facilitate healing between people and the living Earth.

The proposed location are the mountains near Asheville, NC which feature a humid subtropical climate, abundant rainfall & groundwater resources. The progressive area & university towns provide cultural, academic, & research amenities.

Using green building, alternative energy, organic growing of food and resources, we can face the end of fossil fuels, water shortages and climate change. Our working farm community can remain abundant, adaptable, and alive learning and growing with the land.

An end to authoritarian and unjust systems, we envision a collaborative community based on openness, respect, and sincere mutual interest. We use consent-based meeting and decision making. We celebrate the freedom to choose partners,relationship styles and express our identities.

Tapping the special spirit of queer/trans/2spirit people, we express ourselves in art, performance, healing, innovation, and contributing hard work to both community-led and DIY (do-it-yourself) projects. We share joy and laughter with each other.

With the needs of the community in mind, we choose how and when to work, each to their interest, ability and pace. We share skills with each other. We create an economy that neither damages people nor the natural world around.

We provide a safe and sober community suitable to families and children. We build individual and co-housing. We choose our own diets with an emphasis on locally grown, organic and humane foods. We humanely raise farm animals and bees (apiary).

We welcome all spiritualities with special sensitivity in not appropriating or stealing spiritual/cultural practices of others.


  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Please no spiritual practices that appropriate or steal from Native peoples or others.

Social Factors


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We expect a core group of residents

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: Seeking 50+ acres if possible

    Looking towards NonProfit Ownership

Labor and Money

  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: To be determined.





  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Additional comments: Working farm – looking to grow as much as possible

    Encourage organic, locally grown, humane

    Community spaces are sober

    Community spaces are smoke free


LGBTI, Queer, Transgender, 2Spirit, Gainesville, Florida, Multiethnic, Multiracial, Multigenerationa

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.