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Yarrow Ecovillage

Last updated: July 1, 2009 (7 years ago)

Listing created on: December 2, 2004

Yarrow Ecovillage

(Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada)

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.

About

Housing

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

    Two existing farm houses.

    Cohousing and permaculture design.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 36
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Contact us via email at [email protected] to arrange a time to visit.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We value diversity.

    All options are open. Community school nearby.

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

    $1,000 cdn for a membership share.

    $20 per month to a maximum of $300

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each individual

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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.