Seven Acres Cooperative

Last updated: February 26, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: April 22, 2012

Seven Acres Cooperative

(Soquel Hills, Santa Cruz, California, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Address:
    Soquel Hills
    Soquel Hills, Santa Cruz, California, 95073
    United States

Mission Statement:

Ecological Community

Community Description:

Seven Acres Cooperative is eleven individuals working to form an community tending towards ecological sustainabiltiy and self-sufficiency in the Santa Cruz hills. The property is surrounded by beautiful coastal forest, but enjoys full sunny days under the open sky. In addition to people, Seven Acres hosts a variety of animals 20 laying hens, 6 laying ducks, 2 dogs, three cat, redtail hawks, lizards, other occasional guests of the wild persuasion, and soon to be joined by 3 dairy goats. We are excited about setting up our gardens, hillside orchard, and sustainable infrastructure.

We’re also super excited for the initial stages Seven Acres. We cook five meals a week for each other, share workshift, and favor open communication. We believe that structure and protocol can be extremely helpful in creating a safe and empowering space for all members to take part in, shaping their experience at Seven Acres.


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization


  • Area: 7 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: 3+


  • Adult Members: 11
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: We are pretty busy these days, so allow some time for response. Thanks
  • Membership Process: Not right now
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments: All practices accepted


  • Decision Making: Other
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Elected managers

    Consensus minus 20%


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Food and dues (rent)


    Food ($150/mon and Dues/Rent $500-$600/mon

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Usually more too

    Striving to move towards 50%+

    All organic, primarily local and seasonal for communal food

    Sustainably and ethically raised otherwise

    We are not heavy users of drugs or alcohol

Additional Comments

5 miles outside of town

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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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge