Whole Village Ecovillage

Last updated: July 19, 2015 (4 months ago)

Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Whole Village Ecovillage

(Caledon, Ontario, Canada)

Mission Statement:

Biodynamic Farm Ecovillage

Community Description:

Whole Village is located on 192 acres near Orangeville, Ontario. Most of the members live on the farm in Greenhaven, our 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.


  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 4
  • Non-member Residents: 20
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Jewish, Sufi, Unitarian Universalist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling


  • Type: Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability.), Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Volunteer~ Internship~ Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, Apprenticeship~ or WWOOF’ing
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 192 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Geothermal
  • Additional Comments: Registered co-operative

    Old farmhouse, new 15,000 square foot cooperative residence

    Occupied Feb. 13 2006


    Common areas of Greenhaven

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: at least 9 hours per week

    $12,000 share in corporation

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



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • 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), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay), Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan., Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)


  • 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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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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


intentional community, Ontario, ecovillage, CSA, rural,

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