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Last updated: May 18, 2009 (5 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Wiscoy Valley Community Land Cooperative

(Winona, Minnesota, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1975  Established: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Contact Name: Bill Carter/Tony Brown
  • Phone: 507-452-4990
  • Address:
    31783 Bur Oak Lane
    Winona, Minnesota, 55987-6190
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact Bill or Tony 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

    Open to new Members: No

Mission Statement:

Consensus, organic, rural

Community Description:

We are a land cooperative of around 22 adults and one teenager living on 358 acres in southeast Minnesota.
We share the land in common, but housing, incomes, diet, schooling, etc., are each individual’s responsibility.
We have very little turnover at our land co-op and find replacements by word of mouth.

Population

  • Adult Members: 26
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 358 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current number of residences: 13
  • Additional Comments: 102 acres tillable; 256 woodland

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: Cleaning schedules for community building

    $3,000

    $27.50 per month

Diet

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • 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 occasionally.
  • Additional comments: We have several vegetarians too.

Community Affiliations

Zephyr Valley Community Co-op

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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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