Goose Pond Community

Canaan, New Hampshire, United States

  • Last updated: February 23, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: November 13, 2011

Mission Statement

We are an ecological living community/land trust and homeowners association. Part of our mission is to preserve 150 acres of mature woodlands owned in common on the hill overlooking Goose Pond and Moose Mountain.

Community Description

Beech Cobble Landowners Association was formed from other communes in 1973 to preserve a wooded private 232-acre site overlooking Goose Pond (a 625 acre lake located in rural Canaan, NH.)

Householders own 10 to 25 acres, plus an undivided 1/6 share in 137 acres of common land. Decisions are made by consensus. There are now three households living on different sections of the land and three pieces for sale. We are actively looking for new members.

We’re located within half hour of Lebanon, Hanover, Dartmouth College, White River Junction, VT, Rts. 91 and 89, organic farms, and food coops. Although the area is full of culture, creativity, and conscious connection, our land is at the end of a woodsy gravel road. It has mature trees, rocky but fertile soil, some water and mountain views, lots of wildlife, loon calls, and a trail brings you to our lake frontage across from a wild park with wonderful places to swim and a boat put in. Appalachian Trail, skiing, and 16,000 preserved acres within 10 miles. We have cell phone and Internet access on MiFi.

We’re in our 50s-60s, two of us living an off-grid solar homesteading lifestyle. We seek others of all ages with similar and complementary goals, skills, and values. Interests include black smithing, writing, organic gardening, simple living, nature and environment, counseling, energy healing, drumming, and shamanism. We hope to attract flexible, healthy, aware, emotionally mature, sustainable living activists (pagans welcome!) who want to work, play, and live in a small loose community that uses consensus. You must be financially able to build or renovate after a process of getting to know each other, however land (and houses) available here are pretty affordable. We are in a no zoning town where alterntive building is easier than most places.

Would love to share: some common gardens and a greenhouse, regular meals, meetings, community service projects, tasks such as wood gathering and splitting, permaculture, canning, stewarding the common land, path making, hiking, kayaking, building a cordwood sauna, trips to town, being active for a better world, fire circles, shamanic journeys, earth rituals/celebrations, plus resources such as wood splitter, truck, etc.

FOR SALE: 1. 25 acres (3 acres open, rest wooded with lots of mature white pine for building), large post and beam house in need of extensive repair or salvage/tear down, plus workshop/garage, excellent artesian well, older septic, underground electric, driveway, possible to move another small house onto the land from next door, $70,000 or best offer, possible owner financing; 2. Wooded 20 acre, off-grid, south facing piece w/shared drive and artesian well, about $30,000; 3. Land in either piece could be subdivided once and sold to others acceptable to the community.

Possible co-creation waiting.

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Started Planning: 1974
  • Start Living Together: 1976
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Patricia Greene/Donlon Wade
  • Phone: (603) 252-1224
  • Community Address:
    47 Kimball Hill Rd.
    Canaan, New Hampshire, 03741
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2015
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location

  • This Community is Re-forming

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: Activists in Environment, Ecological living, politics, etc.
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 232 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Planned Residence Types: Everyone builds their own
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: Some individually owned, some held in common by all
  • Additional Comments:

    Some shared, some individually owned.

    Includes two that are not inhabited at present

Membership

  • Adult Members: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us by email first, although phone is possible. If it seems to be a good match, we’ll contact you about making a time to visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Actively looking for new members at present. It is informal get to know each other. There is no joining fee. We are seeking mature, psychologically healthy, energetic people who are not egotists, know about group process and will care about the land.

  • Additional Comments:

    Meditation, earth rituals and celebrations, shamanic practices.

    Mainly earth based, but eclectic

    Any options could be considered.

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments:

    Association has president, but we all are leaders.

    Assocation uses modified consensus

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Must be financially able to buy or renovate/build

    Association has some duties we individually attend to.

    Paying taxes on common land is shared by all members (usually about $60 per year), and money for improvements or other necessaries when needed.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Waterfront access
  • 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: Rarely
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Would like to eat together once every week or couple of weeks

    We would hope to have common garden/orchard space to expand our food sustainability.

    We are vegetarians mostly, and prefer conscious eaters, but omniverous eaters are fine with us.

    We’re open to a variety of diets.

    We do not drink in our house, and within the pod would prefer those that have low alcohol consumption.

    No cigarette smokers please

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Wiccan, Native American, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Families here have a variety of lifestyles. However, we are rural pretty self-sufficient people. We lived in individual houses that are spread over the land. We would love to share our beautiful land with more people.

Additional Comments

We are very private, quiet, in nature and rural. It is necessary to do some driving, hopefully to be shared.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

ecological, sustainable living, land trust, homeowners association, rural, no zoning, affordable