Yarrow Ecovillage

Last updated: July 1, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: December 2, 2004

Yarrow Ecovillage

(Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2002
  • Start Living Together: 2004
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Address:
    42312 Yarrow Central Rd
    Chilliwack, British Columbia, V2R 5E2
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us via email at to arrange a time to visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Linking community with nature

Community Description:

The twenty-five-acre (10 hectare) former dairy farm in Chilliwack, British Columbia, consists of two hectares (five acres) zoned “Ecovillage” and eight hectares (twenty acres) of agricultural land.

We are creating an ecovillage of up to 40 homes with stores, cottage industries, and an organic farm. Ownership and governance is through a cooperative known as the Yarrow EcoVillage Society. Decisions are made by consensus.

Our sustainable community is grounded in permaculture principles. Funds are raised through membership equity, investment shares, and revenue from on-site activities. Costs will be met through sweat equity and cash payment.

The members are a diverse group with many skills. There are now over 30 members and associates.

Members make decisions on all aspects of the ecovillage. A membership share is $1,000 for community members and $10,000 for homeowners. Individuals not yet in a position to become members may become associates ($200 fee). This fee can later be put toward full membership. Members contribute $20 per month to a maximum of $300. Members may purchase investment shares in increments of $100. Investment shares are the primary means of building equity in the project. Members may also earn sweat equity credits towards a future home or business in the community.

The cooperative is open to new members.


  • Adult Members: 36
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We value diversity.

    All options are open. Community school nearby.

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual


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

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 25 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Additional Comments: Cooperative ownership.

    Two existing farm houses.

    Cohousing and permaculture design.

Labor and Money

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


  • Additional Comments: Yes, work partys are held on a regular basis.

    $1,000 cdn for a membership share.

    $20 per month to a maximum of $300



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Ecovillage Network of the Americas

Community Affiliations

WindSong Cohousing Community

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