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Whole Village Ecovillage

Last updated: February 23, 2016 (2 months ago)

Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Whole Village Ecovillage

(Caledon, Ontario, Canada)

Mission Statement:

We are a community with a commitment to sustainability and land stewardship seeking to live together in harmony with each other and with the natural habitat

Community Description:

Whole Village is located on 191 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.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 191 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: Registered co-operative

    Old farmhouse, new 15,000 square foot cooperative residence

    Occupied Feb. 13 2006

    11

    Common areas of Greenhaven

Membership

  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 7
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please call or email at least one week in advance of your intended visit. No pets please.
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: at least 9 hours per week

    $12,000 share in corporation

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

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), 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 Diet Comments: Common meal menus respect member’s individual dietary needs

    No smoking in common areas, indoors or outdoors

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

Additional Comments

2002

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Keywords

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.