Seven Acres Cooperative

Last updated: February 26, 2013 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: April 22, 2012

Seven Acres Cooperative

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

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • 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.