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Last updated: November 16, 2009 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Whole Village

(Caledon, Ontario, Canada)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1995  Established: 1996
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.wholevillage.org/
  • Contact Name: Whole Village
  • Phone: 519-941-1099
  • Address:
    20725 Shaws Creek Rd
    Caledon, Ontario, L7K 1L7
    Canada
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please call or email at least one week in advance of your intended visit. No pets please; we have free range chickens.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

CoHousing biodynamic Farm ecovillage

Community Description:

Whole Village is located on 200 acres near Orangeville, Ontario. Most of the members live on the farm in Greenhaven, our new eco-residence. Whole Village members pledge to operate a biodynamic farm as an integral part of the community and to achieve these goals consistent with principles of sustainable land stewardship.

We are an ecologically sustainable and environmentally sensitive community. We protect and enhance the natural habitat through a system of land stewardship embracing the unique geographical, historical, cultural, and biological attributes of the land.

Whole Village is intended to be a solution for two difficult problems: the steady loss of farmland to urbanization and the devastating effects of low commodity prices on farmers and the rural communities that they belong to. Through a comprehensive conservation easement, all of the WV property, except for the compact housing cluster, is preserved for 999 years as farmland, managed forest, or natural areas. Each member is included in the community supported agriculture venture, where the farmers growing food for WV on the land are guaranteed a living wage and the respect and support they deserve.

Population

  • Adult Members: 28
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 10
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions, Eastern, Protestant/Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Sufi, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”), Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling

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: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 200 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 2
  • Additional Comments: Registered co-operative

    Old farmhouse, new 15,000 square foot cooperative residence

    Occupied Feb. 13 2006

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    Common areas of Greenhaven

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: at least 8 hours per week

    $12,000 share in corporation

    currently $250/month dues & $250/month repayable loan

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Common meal menus respect member’s individual dietary needs

    No smoking in common areas, indoors or outdoors

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Cohousing Info

  • Building site status: Own Site
  • Year construction was (or will be) completed: 2006
  • Shared common building: No (6300 square feet)
  • Architect: Denis Bowman Archiect www.denisbowmanarchitect.ca
  • Developer: Ecological Consulting www.ecologicalconsulting.ca
  • Commercial Lender: DUCA Credit Union, Orangeville, Ontario, Canada

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas, The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

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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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