Common Place Land Cooperative
Truxton, New York, United States
- Last updated: January 21, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
- Listing created on: December 31, 1999
We are ecologically inhabiting and stewarding the land as a Community Land Trust, using consensus decision making.
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.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 1976
- Start Living Together: 1980
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/commonplacelandtrust/
- Contact Name: Alison Frost
- Phone: 607-842-6799
- Community Address:
4211 State Route 13
Truxton, New York, 13158-3141
- Type(s): Unspecified, or Other
- Programs & Activities: WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Rural
- 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.
- 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)
- 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%
- 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
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
Stewardship, consensus, alternative energy, alternative building, environmentalism,