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Last updated: June 5, 2014 (1 month ago)
Listing created on: July 1, 2011

Stone’s Throw Ecovillage

(Viroqua, Wisconsin, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Formed: 2009  Established: 2015
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://stonesthrowcommunity.wordpress.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stones-Throw-Ecovillage-Viroqua/288384321263291
  • Phone: 608-637-8018
  • Address:
    E6990 Sidie Hollow Road
    Viroqua, Wisconsin, 54665
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    We are five households to date (May 2014) To visit our meetings or join in our community-building cooperative projects, contact us by phone, email, or in person when you see us around town. We share meals regularly. Information is also on our website.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Visit and ask questions at our open houses, on the phone, and over the course of four or more meetings: whatever it takes for you to decide if Stone’s Throw and its members are a good fit for you. Joining involves a $5,000 minimum capital contribution, which will apply to your lot purchase, and monthly dues of $10 – 25.

Mission Statement:

Rural ecovillage

Community Description:

Land ho! We nave purchased 12 acres with a stream, south facing slope, existing common house and mature trees. New members are welcome! Lots will be priced lower for anyone who joins before the first shovel turns. Contact us! Visit in person, on the phone, or via skype to one of our meetings.

We are committed to designing our neighborhood together, to implementing permaculture principles on the land, and to welcoming diversity in our community.

We are creating a rural neighborhood that promotes social interaction and sharing resources, within walking distance of the center of Viroqua, Wisconsin.

Viroqua is the Vernon County seat, a progressive town of 5,000 with a thriving food co-op in one of the most concentrated areas of organic farms in the country. Situated in the heart of the beautiful Driftless region of SW Wisconsin: steep ridges and fertile valleys; cold, clean spring creeks; abundant wildlife; and tall bluffs overlooking the Mississippi river.

Please check out our website for more information, or see us on facebook.

Population

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: All education options

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each individual

Government

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Small Town
  • Area: 12 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 1
  • Current renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 25-50%[if 3-m1-energy-other] ([3-m1-energy-other])[/if 3-m1-energy-other]
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar
  • Additional Comments: Common house with guest rooms at present

    15 – 18

    See cohousing.org for essential elements of the cohousing model

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Once we have built there will be a small work requirement.

    Members make an initial $5,000 contribution

    Monthly dues are $10 – 25

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: At our meetings and other get-togethers

    We always have vegetarian dishes at meals.

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Own Site
  • Number of housing units: 15
  • Shared common building: Yes (2000 square feet)
  • Developer: Self-developed
  • Commercial Lender: Citizens First Bank

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Coho/US

Keywords

driftless, cohousing, group, natural building, passive solar, permaculture, community

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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.
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