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Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood

Last updated: December 30, 2015 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: February 1, 2005

Village Terraces Cohousing Neighborhood

(Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States)

Mission Statement:

Neighborhood Cooperation

Community Description:

Village Terraces is a neighborhood within Earthaven Ecovillage. Our vision is to create extended family and a deep connectedness to the earth, ourselves, and each other. As the first cohousing group at Earthaven, we are building and living densely in order to share resources, including extensive common space, facilities, and utilities. Of our envisioned four buildings we have built two, which house ten full members, two children, several interns, and a business selling medicinal herbs. We will eventually share the neighborhood with 24 to 30 adults plus children.

The cohousing style provides “apartments” that can include private kitchenettes and baths, with the added benefit of shared common spaces such as a large common kitchen and bath, common gardens, orchards, and a pasture for dairy animals. We also have access to Earthaven’s Council Hall and other community facilities, as well as shared use of most of Earthaven’s 329 acres.

We share all of Earthaven’s ecological and spirit-guided values and agreements. In addition, the following values are particularly important to us:

• A desire to raise children together in a neighborhood and village context.
• Honest and responsible communication with an active willingness to resolve conflicts in a healthy manner.
• A commitment to consciously and lovingly raising both plants and animals for food.
• Love and acceptance of ourselves, our bodies, and the cycles of life and death.
• Cooperative living in common-walled buildings built with local materials.

To learn more about the process of joining Village Terraces, read our Initial Contact Letter on our website.

Joining Village Terraces Neighborhood means first becoming a member of Earthaven Ecovillage. Please explore the village through our website, a tour, and extended visits.

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 5 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: Earthaven is on 329 acres, VT Neighborhood is on 5.

    Plots are leased from the community for 99 years for individual units.

    The Cohousing Neighborhood is planning three or four buildings to house 30 people. We have currently finished two buildings. We currently have 7 units and plan to grow.

    We are in the process of organizing our neighborhood into a housing cooperative.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 9
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: Please visit Earthaven’s website at www.earthaven.org and make sure that this sounds like a place you are interested in. Tours are offered on Saturday mornings at 10:30 by reservation. To contact Earthaven for a tour, please call 828-669-7299 or make an appointment through email at info@earthaven.org. If you are interested specifically in Village Terraces, we offer selected tours; please fill out the Guest Application on our website as the next step.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We tend to be recognizers of seasonal changes and are also supportive of personal growth.

    Homeschooling with an on-land supplementation program. Older children usually also study in town.

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 1
  • Additional Comments: maybe

    Yearly Maintenance and one time administrative fee of $4000 paid through labor over time. Also, Earthaven has a labor requirement as well and since we’re part of Earthaven, that would apply.

    Membership fee to Earthaven ($4,000). No joining fee for the neighborhood but members must purchase a unit which includes fees for all common owned infrastructure.

    There are utility and maintenance fees for common property. We also have a garden cooperative, washing machine cooperative and others that are strictly optional.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: Large garden, eggs, orchards, some dairy.

    We’re all very excited about Nourishing Traditions which embraces a wide range of choices.

    We are all regular meat eaters.

    We enjoy wine with group dinners.

    There are no smokers in our group.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Quaker, Paganism or Earth Religions, Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Community Affiliations

School of Integrated Living; Earthaven Ecovillage

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge