Last updated: November 1, 2012 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: June 14, 2012

R.O.O.T.S.

(Austin, Texas, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2012  Established: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RootsEcovillage
  • Address:

    Austin, Texas,
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    To take a visit, whether inquiring for occupancy or for knowledge share please contact the ROOTS email at rootsecovillage@gmail.com and feel free to browse our facebook (https://www.facebook.com/RootsEcovillage) and communicate with us there.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

teaching and sustainability

Community Description:

R.O.O.T.S.
Radical organization for organic teaching and sustainability

We are a consensus based community with the intention of using our current living space as a transitional area for education. The mission of ROOTS is to establish a self sustaining community, independent from resources locked into capital gain. We hold anarchist traditions very close to our hearts and encourage individual expression, but expect mutual respect and understanding as we learn to appreciate the world, each other, and ourselves.

Our current property maxes out at approximately 10 occupants. We inhabit a very small amount of land in which we are reclaiming to provide a catalog of examples to show how one can begin to be sustainable within the confines of their urban setting. We have created a variety of gardens including but not limited to raised garden beds, wicking beds, lasagna gardens, hugelkultur, a gutter garden, and a tee pee garden. We make our own compost and will soon be actively pursuing the construction of an aquaponics system as well as renewable energy sources.

We currently have 15 chickens, 2 dogs and 2 cats living at the property. Animals, even people, are welcome as long as they are friendly. We hold community with the highest regards and with knowledge that our lifestyles and decisions deeply affect those around us; we aim for open exchange of ideas and emotions to better understand the journey.

Population

  • Adult Members: 9
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: any, all, and none

Social Factors

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

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Area: 0.25 acres
  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord
  • Current number of residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: A duplex, an efficiency, and an RV

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: There are no specific requirements for labor, it is out of respect for the group and progress that we all put in as much as we can.

    just rent and bills

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: there are no restrictions, but we are generally vegetarian and attempt to include gluten free dieting as well

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Keywords

roots, sustainability, eco village, anarchy, consensus, organic, austin, urban farming, commune, co-

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.