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The Blueberry Patch

Last updated: January 22, 2011 (5 years ago)

Listing created on: April 24, 2005

The Blueberry Patch

(Gulfport, Florida, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1977
  • Start Living Together: 1977
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Website address: http://www.blueberrypatch.org
  • Contact Name: Dallas Bohrer
  • Phone: 727-327-4224
  • Address:
    4923 20th Ave South
    Gulfport, Florida, 33707
    United States

Mission Statement:

survival through sharing

Community Description:

My name is Julia Meadows. I am a native Floridian and am devoting myself to helping create a place in the Tampa Bay area that can stand as an example of sustainable living to the local communities. This area, in the last 30 years, has quickly become overrun by consumer attitudes. I think, through example, we can share with our neighbors the beauty and value of sustainable living.

Gulfport is an artist community on the southern tip of Pinellas County, Florida. Many people here are ecologically minded but are being surrounded by the “convenience” of Super Walmarts, McDonald’s, etc. Our utility bills are high even when we are aware of our use, because the old homes in this area were designed to consume. As a native I fear the loss of the environment that my grandparents grew up with because of careless human consumption.

Here are the current specifications for the land we have to work with. My neighbor Dallas Bohrer lives on more than half an acre of property in Gulfport (see www.blueberrypatch.org). The property next door is almost the same size and is on the western border of the Blueberry Patch. This property is owned buy Michael Stanley, a longtime Blueberry Patch hero. Both properties have lots of old trees and wildlife. We are discussing the viability of combining the two properties and turning them into an ecovillage. Both of the homes on the properties are in need of either great repair or demolition and reconstruction. Our ideas for shaping the new ecovillage are varied and flexible. We want to create a better future for our little chunk of land one way or another.

Dallas has a large group of friends and a strong volunteer base, through his fledgling nonprofit, Sharevival, Inc., that have agreed to help with whatever labor involved in creating this ecovillage. Our biggest hurdle is knowledge. Most of us are working class citizens without much more than minimal college educations, mostly in artistic fields. We are looking for a knowledge base, a group or individual who would be willing to share wisdom, experience, and guidance.

We hope to be able to act as a creative learning center, teaching the current techniques that can be used in our local communities and communities around the country/world to enhance our current style of living, bringing meaning and purpose to man’s everyday life.

As our plan grows we hope to receive grants from the government to supplement the creation process. Sharevival is in an ongoing fundraisi

About

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

Housing

  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments: Congratulations to Mike on purchasing the extra 1/2 acre!

    Dallas Bohrer holds the note and pays the taxes.

Membership

  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please come prepared to Hug, Laugh and Smile. All visitors must hug Dallas to gain entry to the Patch. Donations of $3 (or more) are always excepted. Please wear shoes(dancing shoes prefered), & do not wear clothes that you don’t want dirtied. If you ride a cycle over, make sure to bring a lock and secure your vehicle. If you are a cigarette smoker, please don’t leave your butts on the ground. On each 11th Dallas hosts a pot luck dinner at the Patch from 7pm-8:30pm, so please bring a covered dish. BYOB. The Blueberry Patch is in a constant state of evolution so watch your step and be prepared to co-create something wonderful.
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Additional Comments: Sharevival & BROTHERLY LOVE

    Truth is one, but paths are many.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Dallas Bohrer

    Anyone can help shape the direction of the Blueberry Patch, just by choosing to participate.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Every Saturday is volunteer day from 11:11am til exhaustion…

    Donations of any size or designation are always appreciated but not required.

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: All bottles and cans are recycled.

    Smokers are asked not to leave cigarette butts on the ground.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)

Additional Comments

original location was further south, but in the same county

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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.