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Wiscoy Valley Community Land Cooperative

Last updated: May 18, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Wiscoy Valley Community Land Cooperative

(Winona, Minnesota, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1975
  • Start Living Together: 1975
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Contact Name: Bill Carter/Tony Brown
  • Phone: 507-452-4990
  • Address:
    31783 Bur Oak Lane
    Winona, Minnesota, 55987-6190
    United States

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.

About

Housing

  • Area: 358 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Additional Comments: 102 acres tillable; 256 woodland

Membership

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

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Cleaning schedules for community building

    $3,000

    $27.50 per month

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: We have several vegetarians too.
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Community Affiliations

Zephyr Valley Community Co-op

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