Champlain Valley Cohousing
Charlotte, Vermont, United States
- Last updated: January 16, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: October 30, 2004
Vision: We are a self-managed, participatory cohousing community living in a cluster of energy-efficient, privately-owned homes, collectively enjoying, learning from, and stewarding 115 acres of conserved farmland and wildlife habitat (forests and fields). We share in creating and caring for a resourceful, productive, and resilient community to support environmentally sustainable living, and we govern ourselves through use of sociocracy.
Do you seek community? As a community, we are dedicated to knowing each other in a meaningful way. We help each other with childcare, meals, and all sorts of projects.
Do you crave space? We have privately owned homes clustered around a central green and collectively own another 115 acres of meadows and forest.
Our homes are clustered around a central green, enabling little ones to enjoy safe independence and allowing all neighbors to enjoy spontaneous and meaningful social interaction.
Our land lies in the charming rural village of Charlotte, Vermont. We are 14 miles from the vibrant city of Burlington, which has a lively downtown pedestrian mall, several small colleges, the University of Vermont, a regional teaching hospital, and an international airport. Middlebury, a charming college town, is an easy commute south. The international city of Montreal is an easy two-hour drive north. Gorgeous Lake Champlain is just four miles away.
Our land consists of 125 acres of rolling farmland, wetlands, meadows, brooks, woods, hiking paths, and ponds. Surrounded by distant views of Buck Mountain, Mt Philo, and a glimpse of the Adirondack peaks, we are a rural, pedestrian-centered community with townhomes and single-family homes around an extensive central green. Excellent public schools, and pre-K through 12th grade Waldorf schools serve the community.
Some 115 of our 125 acres are preserved forever for wildlife corridors and farming. Our parking is on the periphery of our neighborhood, making it safe for little ones and pedestrian-centric.
We privately own our own modest homes. We share the trails, pastures, organic gardens, yurt, and the common green where potlucks and other social activities occur.
We enjoy occasional potluck dinners, work together on keeping our community beautiful, and have lots of fun. We are committed to living in a thoughtful way that promotes environmental sustainability and healthy community relationships.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2000
- Start Living Together: 2006
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.champlainvalleycohousing.org/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cohousingvt/
- Contact Name: Champlain Valley Cohousing
- Phone: 802-863-4753
- Community Address:
27 Common Way
Charlotte, Vermont, 05445
- Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: Sociocracy
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
We govern ourselves through the principles of Sociocracy (also called Dynamic Governance) carried out through the work of Circles, which are delegated many of the needed tasks and decision making of our community. It is highly participatory, and some decision making such as annual budgets and Board membership are decided on by all the Homeowners.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $150
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal
- Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
- Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Swimming pond or pool, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Yurt, until we have a Common House
- Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: About once a week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Gluten-Free
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
One of the attractions of living here is that locally sourced food is highly valued within the greater Burlington area community, with numerous farmers markets, CSAs, and our own gardens where homeowners plant what they choose.
Members have, at one point or another, raised chickens for meat or eggs, turkeys, had a family cow, and kept a small herd of sheep. At this time, we have chickens for eggs and we have 4 goats cared for by several of our older children, under the supervision of an adult. Our farming is done individually or by joining together with other interested households.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Quaker
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
Ten Stones, Burlington Cohousing East Village, Vermont Land Trust, Transition Town Charlotte
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