EarthArt Village

Moffat, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: July 27, 2018 (0 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: July 26, 2018

Mission Statement

EarthArt Village is a residential intentional community of persons united voluntarily to meet their common ecological, economic, social, spiritual and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratic, mutual benefit association where people share land, encourage member-managed agriculture and businesses, and support and demonstrate cooperative, sustainable and harmonious living.

Community Description

EarthArt Village (EAV) is a Cooperative Association. From the Articles of Incorporation, the purposes of this cooperative association are…
To purchase, lease, manage and maintain land and facilities for the benefit, health and well being of the members and the residential community as a whole.

To foster, encourage and cultivate lifestyles demonstrating the learning and living of cooperation, simplicity, creative expression, and, respect for one another and the natural environment.

To honor, steward, protect and enhance the natural environment, minimizing impacts of development on the land and maximizing open space.

To encourage and develop energy efficient, ecologically-sound living, learning, working and playing environments, using sustainable design, methods and materials.

To research, develop and maintain alternative, off-grid, sustainable infrastructure, including, but not limited to: common food, energy, water and waste management systems.

To establish, organize, equip, own, operate, manage, encourage, maintain, carry on and conduct endeavors including, but not limited to: member-managed agriculture and businesses, cooperative purchasing programs, publications, research projects and community artistic and cultural activities.

To provide a living context and example for educational demonstration of sustainable community living – socially, spiritually, economically and environmentally.

To engage in any activity and to perform and carry out contracts of any kind necessary to, or in connection with, or incidental to the accomplishment of its purposes as allowed by law for Cooperative Associations, for the mutual benefit of its members.

In addition to the Purposes stated in the Articles of Incorporation, we affirm and promote the following, based on principles of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity, and the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others and the Earth.

Belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of race, age, sex, financial resources, property, or income.

Respect for the right of all to express their own personal, social, political and religious beliefs about the nature of reality.

Concern about each other’s well-being.

Sharing power and responsibility to shape our community through a consensus decision-making process characterized by a cooperative search for solutions which fulfill and protect the needs of all concerned.

Commitment to resolve conflicts without violence, to take responsibility for our own actions, to communicate directly and honestly, and to be sensitive to the concerns of others.

Stewardship of the land and ecologically sound use of natural resources.

The philosophy of EarthArt Village and guiding instruments, such as Membership agreements, environmental guidelines and others, may be developed by the Membership and adopted by Boards of Directors from time to time.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1994
  • Start Living Together: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Website address: https://earthart.org/
  • Contact Name: Linda Joseph
  • Phone: 719 588-7828
  • Community Address:
    64001 County Road DD
    Moffat, Colorado, 81143
    United States
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About

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

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 400 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 16
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 15
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    The membership process includes spending time in the community and completing exploring and applying phases, defined in our membership guide.

Government

  • Decision Making: Sociocracy/Consent based
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Join Fee: $10000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $100
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 41
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs)
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • 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), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Ecovillage Network of the Americas, Global Ecovillage Network – North America (GENNA), Global Ecovillage Network – US