Cerro Gordo Community

Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: August 29, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We seek to live together in harmony with the land and one another. As stewards of this land, and members of our Cerro Gordo Cooperative, we share responsibility for fostering a community which is both life-enhancing and creates healthy, nurturing relationships with our natural surroundings.

Community Description

We are a dog-free community founded on ecological values, including organic land care & gardening. We practice sustainable forestry on 1100+ acres. Most of our forest land is in a Healthy Forests Reserve Program, and we’re in the process of doing a conservation easement on most of the remaining land, which is largely oaks & meadows. Our houses are clustered into two neighborhoods, surrounded by these forests and meadows, with many seasonal streams. We operate as a Cooperative, sharing maintenance of the water systems & roads. Please note: in accordance with our state/county zoning agreements, dogs cannot live here (and we love it that way).
Note: if you contact us by phone, you reach one person here; if you contact us by email, you reach a different person here.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1970
  • Start Living Together: 1974
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Phone: 541-942-2049


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1165 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members


  • Adult Members: 21
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    If you’re interested in renting a house/duplex for at least a year, or interested in going ahead and buying a house here, please contact us.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Homeowners join immediately; renters can join after one month living here, must join after one year living here. One-time join fee for each adult, plus annual ongoing fees for all adult members and residents.


  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $500
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $17
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Hiking Trails
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Occasional potlucks.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We continue to strive to become more earth-friendly in our everyday lives and be vigilant stewards of our precious land.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


ecovillage, permaculture, ecology