Crystal Creek Permaculture Cluster

Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States

  • Last updated: September 26, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: January 12, 2016

Mission Statement

To create a housing cluster or neighborhood at Cerro Gordo providing a sanctuary for those who want to practice living a one-planet vegan lifestyle using permaculture and natural building principles.

Community Description

We aspire to be a demonstration, through the practice of permaculture, of how to live a satisfying life while living no more than a one-planet ecological footprint. Additionally we have the following aims:
• A nonjudgmental, loving group process to enable the inhabitants to live harmoniously together.
• Low-cost housing for those wishing to live sustainable one-planet lifestyles.
• Produce most of the food for the residents on site through tending community gardens, forest gardens, and the surrounding wild lands.
• Source building materials from onsite or from nearby areas.
• Generate energy onsite.
• Balance of community and private spaces, sanctuary where dark skies and quiet can be enjoyed.
• Eat whole foods, plant-based diet.
(No dogs are allowed at Cerro Gordo.)


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 27 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tent
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 5
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Additional Comments:

    We were initially planning to form a Community Land Trust to hold the land and an LLC to own the buildings; residents would be members of the LLC, which might use sociocracy. Now we are thinking of placing the land into sanctuary with the Whole Food Plant Based entity (see link to


  • Adult Members: 2
  • Child Members: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email us, or postal mail.

  • Additional Comments:

    Members of CCPc will also be members of Cerro Gordo Community, which has a simple membership process & annual fees for shared expenses.


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


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Garden(s)
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): 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), One Planet Trust

Community Affiliations

Cerro Gordo Community


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