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Sawyer Hill EcoVillage

Last updated: February 20, 2014 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: September 10, 2008

Sawyer Hill EcoVillage

(Berlin, Massachusetts, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2006
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.sawyerhill.org
  • Phone: 978-415-9666
  • Address:
    100 Village Ct.
    Berlin, Massachusetts, 1503
    United States

Mission Statement:

green cohousing

Community Description:

Sawyer Hill EcoVillage in Berlin, Massachusetts, is a joint development of two cohousing groups: Camelot Cohousing and Mosaic Commons. Our beautiful 65-acre site near Worcester, Massachusetts, is home to two neighborhoods, each with 34 homes plus common house and gardens, and also 25-plus acres of deeded conservation land.

The community is close to full. We have sold over 80% of our homes, but we do still have several homes (one, two, three, and four bedrooms) for sale, both market rate and specially priced affordable homes for income-qualified buyers. We welcome all community-minded folks, and we strive for diversity in religion, race, family size, age, sexual orientation, gender, personal interests, educational philosophies, and political persuasion.

For details see directory listings for Camelot Cohousing and Mosaic Commons separately.

About

Housing

  • Area: 65 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 68
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: 25 acres in conservation

    68 homes (mostly in duplexes and triplexes)

    68 (34 in each of two cohousing neighborhoods)

    2 common houses

    2 distinct cohousing communities in the development

Membership

  • Adult Members: 150
  • Child Members: 40
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please contact us by email or phone.
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: home purchase

    home owner assoc. fees

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: large community garden

    shared meals will generally include vegetarian options

    smoking prohibited in community buildings

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling

Additional Comments

small rural/suburban town (pop 2600)

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US

Community Affiliations

Mosaic Commons, Camelot Cohousing

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.