Wiscoy Valley Community Land Cooperative

Winona, Minnesota, United States

  • Last updated: March 1, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We value good communication, the consensus process, creativity, organic land management, renewable energy, and fun.

Community Description

We are a land cooperative of around 21 adults and 1 pre-teen living on 358 acres in southeast Minnesota. We share the land in common, but housing, incomes, diet, schooling, etc., are each individual’s choice. 85 ac of land is planted to native prairie, 5 ac in perennial fruits, with the remainder in woodland and wild areas. Land is managed organically. Homes use grid and solar energy. We have very little turnover at our land co-op and find replacements by word of mouth.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1975
  • Start Living Together: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Contact Name: Bill Carter/Tony Brown/Cherie Hales
  • Phone: 507-452-4990
  • Community Address:
    31783 Bur Oak Lane
    Winona, Minnesota, 55987-6190
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2015
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 358 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    102 acres tillable; 256 woodland and wild areas

Membership

  • Adult Members: 21
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 2
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact Bill Carter ([email protected], Tony Brown (507-452-4990) or Cherie Hales ([email protected]) with your request and dates of visit. At a Sunday meeting, the request will be discussed and approved, etc. Extended visitors need a sponsor and may pay a fee of $47.50/mo.

  • Membership Process:

    A person expresses interest in becoming trial member and talks to all members. If consensus is reached, then that person becomes a trial member. When the person wants to become a member, the same process is used. It is the responsibility of the person and each member to get to know each other. With 21 people, the process may take several years.

Government

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

    People take individual leadership on issues and projects important to them.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $3000.00
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $50.00
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Cleaning schedules for community building is 4/year and work days for special projects. Some work is paid, such as bookkeeping, mowing, or maintenance. People volunteer for committees and special projects such as cemetery, party preparation, etc.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Between 26-49%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Gym or sports area
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have several vegetarians too.

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We welcome visitors. Please make arrangements in advance.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Zephyr Valley Community Co-op

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].

Keywords

consensus, organic, rural, renewable energy