Common Place Land Cooperative

Truxton, New York, United States

  • Last updated: January 21, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We are ecologically inhabiting and stewarding the land as a Community Land Trust, using consensus decision making.

Community Description

Common Place Land Cooperative is a 432-acre, rural land trust community located in the rolling hills of central New York State. It was founded in 1980. We are currently 22 adults and three children. We have evolving into a small-scale community aimed at greater cooperation and food and energy self-sufficiency. Fourteen homesteads have been created on the land, seven of which are off the grid, and most are using alternative energy of varying types and alternative design. Over the years, we have come to agreement on 11 core ideals, which define and guide our community, including land stewardship and trusterity, economic self-reliance, diversity, consensus decision making, community participation, and voluntary simplicity.

Members have diverse views and interests. As a community we are not affiliated with any political or religious organization. Some of our varied individual interests include organic gardening, homesteading, organic farming, perennial garden design and maintenance, permaculture, alternative energy and house design, attachment parenting, homeschooling, the arts and music, natural and herbal healing, draft horse use, yoga and activism.

Our decision-making process consists of one to two meetings per month using consensus. We are working to create a cohesive community that inhabits the land, preserving its integrity and resources. For more information, and to set up a visit, send a SASE or an email and a description of yourself and your interests in community.

About

  • Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 432 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Planned number of residences: 25
  • Planned Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not for profit organization)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 22
  • Child Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call Alison at 607-842-6799 or email at [email protected] to set up a workable date and to discuss any details.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Prospective member has Community Orientation with membership committee. This is followed by a clearness process of a minimum of six months of residence with a clearness committee of three community members. Various issues are discussed such as future financial plans, proposed leasehold, house and housing cluster, the community’s core ideals, membership responsibilities, consensus decision making, and any other issues or concerns that might have been raised by the individual or other members. At the end of this period, if the prospective member and the community are “Clear”, the person is a member and is able to sign a lease for a 1 1/2 acre leasehold and begin construction of their house.

  • Additional Comments:

    Members can apply to lease additional, agricultural land using organic practices. This is decided by consensus.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Attending meetings and any work projects is voluntary, but expected.

Economics

  • Join Fee: $3000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $130
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    One time fee of $3000 called Land Liberation, or $4000 can be paid over 10 years at 100 per quarter
    Once a house is built, the member is responsible for their house’s and leasehold’s portion of the land taxes. This is billed twice a year. (Although at present NY State has a “Star Exemption” program for full time residents which can greatly reduce or almost eliminate one of the two tax bills)

Sustainability Practices

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

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Fire pit, We have a recreational field. We have communal space in our farmhouse for our mail, bulletin boards, a refrigerator, individual’s freezers and a bathroom. Not all members can be in the house due to mold sensitivities, but it serves some important functions.
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • 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:

    Most residents have gardens and some are extensive. Many do food preservation. One family has a certified organic farm. There are several families raising and processing their own meat. One family raises dairy goats, another sheep. One family is developing a large, permaculture orchard.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Jewish, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, These are practiced by individuals, not by the community as a whole.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

We are a Community Land Trust, where members gain a leasehold on which to build a house and create a homestead. We don’t own the land on which we live, rather we make use of it while stewarding it for future generations.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

Stewardship, consensus, alternative energy, alternative building, environmentalism,