Four Oaks Farmlette Seeks Families (to join our small community)

by Laura
Category
Community With Opening
Location
United StatesOREugene(show on map )

Four Oaks Farmlette- A Tiny Community Seeks Families

We are two families who have been friends for many years, and have lived and worked in urban communities of several kinds for most of our adult lives. We’re looking for other families to join us in Eugene.

Our Project:

A three to four family intentional community, with members committed to ecological living, social/racial/economic/ecological justice, supporting a diverse gender spectrum, and clear, kind communication.

We own 1.2 acres in the city limits of Eugene (Churchill neighborhood), with fruit trees, garden space, and young dairy animals. We’ll have three homes, with potential for a fourth, as well as common space and a smaller dwelling for work/trade or guests. Each family has the opportunity to own their own living space, and the community will have shared ownership of the common rooms and the land.

We’ll have a co-op preschool on-site, for us and neighbor kids of preschool age.

Who we’re looking for:

We want to live with people who we feel connection to and enjoy spending time together. Friendly, harmonious interactions, with a commitment to work through any problems that arise are a must.

Here are some specifics that are important to us:

    • Children: We want our children to grow up with other children and have fun, daily interactions. Currently there are 3 children  (9 months, 2 years, and 7 years old). Though all families have different parenting styles and home rules, we want shared rules for all the children regarding use of common spaces, outside area, and animal care. All adults would be committed to teaching children the “why’s” behind our shared rules and kindly reinforcing them. We hope to have several children under age 10 living here.
    • Gender diverse community: We have always lived in gender diverse communities. It is important to us that gender diversity is valued and visible, and at a minimum everyone is LGBTQ friendly and supportive.
    • Responsible and reliable: We are looking for others who will help build and maintain a better living space. Meetings will be infrequent and efficient, and socializing more common.
    • Vision of a just society: Our world is full of problems and opportunities to make it a better place. We want to live with others who share the vision of an economically, racially, and ecologically just society. We support climate justice movements, Black Lives Matter, native rights, immigrant rights, an end to mass incarceration, and all those working for a better world.
    • Commitment to climate resiliency: We want to eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels as much as possible. Bicycling, solar panels, shared electric car, local organic food, thrift store shopping, sharing stuff, and buying only what we need are important to us, as well as all the policies, regulations and funding needed to make this happen at the larger scale.
    • Experience with communal living: Having some past experience of sharing spaces with others helps separate the ideals of communal living from the reality.

Time line:

Housing will be complete early 2018. You can come visit anytime. (There is currently 1 house, and a tiny house on the property, with the main house (that will include 2 homes and common areas) in the final stages of construction.

The Neighborhood: This is a great neighborhood for people who both love nature and hiking, and want to be within easy biking distance into town. We are a short walk to two different hiking areas, just a mile from a bike trail that takes you downtown (4 miles), a 10 minute bike ride to the grocery store, and a 15 minute walk to a few restaurants. There is a park and large ball field at the end of our block. Our neighbors are friendly and we know most of them.

Home Descriptions:

The three homes will be newly and ecologically renovated from an existing larger house and garage, and sized for a small family: 2+, 3 and 3+ bedrooms. They have sustainably harvested wood flooring, marmoleum in bathrooms, zero VOC paint, recycled glass or quartzite countertops, locally made alder cabinets, and other green features. They are well insulated, have water-efficient fixtures, and will have greywater and some solar panels. The communal space includes a large common room, an office/guest room, bike shed, and tool shop.

Cost:

After an initial 6 month trial period, there will be opportunities to buy in, with a possibility  of a community-carried loan, with a cost similar to a new home in Eugene. Costs are not finalized, but rent for a 3 bedroom house during the trial period will be between $1,800 and $2,200.

Community Animals

We currently have 17 chickens, two nubian dairy goats (very friendly and sweet!), and one small-sized dairy cow, also very sweet and friendly). We also have plans to raise rabbits for meat.

Communal Gardens and Outdoor Spaces

    • Large vegetable garden
    • Fruit trees with food forest understory and berry patches
    • Native plants and rain gardens
    • Half-acre pasture
    • Climbing trees for kids (redwood)
    • Possible future greenhouse for subtropical plants and aquaculture system

Next steps:

If you’d like to know more or arrange a visit, please email and let us know about you and your family!