Last updated: January 22, 2011 (4 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
- Website address: http://www.blueberrypatch.org
- Contact Name: Dallas Bohrer
- Phone: 727-327-4224
4923 20th Ave South
Gulfport, Florida, 33707
Visitors accepted: Yes
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
survival through sharing
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