Last updated: June 10, 2013 (10 months ago)
Listing created on: November 1, 2009

Ventura Urban Homestead Cooperative

(Ventura, California, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Rachel Morris
  • Address:

    Ventura, California, 93001
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: No
    If you’re considering intentional community in Ventura, and the main ideas listed fit your desires, please drop me an e-mail so I can invite you to one of our potluck discussions. :->

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

cooperative urban homestead

Community Description:

Dear Friends – At last, I was able to secure the loan for my home. Now that I feel more secure, I can start looking forward to an intentional community for modest income friends.
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At the core, I am currently looking for a small group who together share the vision of intentional community on the Avenue. I want to be part of an effort with friends, not the grand poobah. Yay! Community!!
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What’s New:
A historic schoolhouse and home have come up for sale one house away from my property. They’re not in great shape – but could be perfect for an intentional community!
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History:
I did complete my beautiful earthen-cob structure, and continue to get more and more of my food from the yard. The gray water system is working well. I’ve been working hard as ED of a non-profit, so my garden is in so-so shape.
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This is the site of community cob, permaculture, mural painting, music, and graywater projects. It is in the process of morphing into an intentional urban community.
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Short-range goals:
Potlucks and discussion of people seriously considering. You don’t have to be committed at this point – but this is not the place for people who just want to discuss co-op theory.
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A walk-through of the properties for sale, to get a good feel for the work required for re-hab.
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Keep working on the funding.
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A small group of co-founders to lay out the mission and purpose, legal entity, and form of decision making. We’ll be laying the groundwork for a healthy start!
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Longer-range goals:
Additional people research, discuss, and continue to shape the vision. The plan is to purchase several adjoining houses and a community space. Housing Co-op or Home-Owners Association look like the legal entities that would fit us best. We’ll also have a non-profit so we can secure money for educational efforts we do.
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Main principals:
*The new back-to-the-land movement is urban.
*Make home ownership affordable; co-purchase.
*We don’t all need our own; we can share tools, food, cars, space, burdens, joy.
*If you get confused – just ask Nature what to do.
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Suggested Reading:
“Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities”

by Diana Leafe Christian**

Population

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: There is no common spiritual practice, with the exception of loving kindness? OK – I think it’s a good idea to have something. Let’s see what the group comes up with, but I notice people without some kind of spiritul connection often turn chemical assistance – if you know what I mean. So, meditation, Buddhism, Gaia, doesn’t need to be God, but it could be. Just some way to connect. Like they say -

    Other – meaning, perhaps your “connection” isn’t about religion, it’s just about a spiritual connection.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Not Yet. That’s what is forming now, a small group to get this of the ground – together!

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Urban, Urban
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments: TWe need to figure this one out, but an important piece is that members get equity, so that when they go, they have saved something. However – and this is important – the price of the land will not fluctuate, so that it stays available for modest income. Don’t know how you do that – but that’s the general idea.

    The earthen building provides an extra room.

    It is at once forming, and, in a location way, already pushing limits.

    Though some private space is important, this is not about separate houses, this is about shared houses.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: This is about co-ownership, so members buy a share of the land. However, my current thought is some sort of rent-to-own? Let’s talk.

Diet

  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Other
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional comments: Not decided yet – but at-least once a week. :->

    tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, herbs, greens, chayote, beans, squash, onions, lettuce, apples, passion fruit, jerusalem artichoke, artichoke, peppers, eggplant, garlic, ginger(? still in experimental stage), strawberries

    It’s about caring for the planet. Also, let’s do food that is healthy, and works for as many members as possible on the shared-meal days.

    Food is an important part of how we relate to our planet. There is much tasty food grown locally in this area.

Photo Gallery

Video Gallery

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Community Affiliations

Laos Experimental Community

Keywords

Ventura, ocean, permaculture, organic, urban, garden, bicycle, environmentalist, coast, communal hou

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.