Green Acres Permaculture Village

Bloomington, Indiana, United States

  • Last updated: May 19, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: March 16, 2018

Mission Statement

GREEN ACRES PERMACULTURE VILLAGE is a small, retrofit, intergenerational intentional community in a core suburban college town neighborhood that integrates self-knowledge and expression with a shared culture among humans and the living Earth to encourage abundance on every level.

Community Description

GREEN ACRES PERMACULTURE VILLAGE is a retrofit intergenerational intentional community carved from within an existing suburban neighborhood in college town. The evolving Village, currently featuring three adjacent homes and permacultured grounds, with pathways and commons areas (two greenhouses, a workshop space, chicken house, shed, patio) offers itself as a template for transformation of suburban life.

Village rhythms feature both work and play. Offering workshops, work days, weekly Community Dinners, and Seasonal Celebrations, we both integrate internally and promote outreach to the larger community. To this end, we offer tours, plus sponsor and encourage WWOOFers, including Indiana University Interns and Sustainability Classes, to demonstrate and promote values that lie below money as far as possible. To this end we keep rents low, work together on projects, encourage each other’s self-expression and entrepreneurial skills, honor our communion with the living Earth, and aim to live and work in place inside a sharing economy that values both individual expression and community cooperation.

Established in 2009 by founder Ann Kreilkamp who dedicated her own yard for a Green Acres Neighborhood Garden, both our sense of community and our capacity for growing food have evolved organically over time. In 2014 Rebecca Ellsworth, an organic gardener for 40 years, joined us, and from then on, the cultivation and preservation of food and value-added products for both Village use and sales, including a small CSA, have taken hold.

In 2017 we were invited to establish a permaculture garden behind the house of a neighbor in exchange for part of the produce, and plan to offer this service to others in the Green Acres neighborhood.

Early in 2018 we created a ten-member Village Board that is now researching legal structures to determine which type will best meet our needs as we go forward. We expect to add houses and grounds to the Village over time.

Green Acres Permaculture Village is networked with the Green Acres Neighborhood Association, Dandelion Village, Bloomington Co-operative Living, Bloomington Council of Neighborhood Associations, the Association for Regenerative Culture, NuMundo, and the Federation of Intentional Communities.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Suburban

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 0.6 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 9
  • Housing Provided: Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 8
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 31-40%
  • Percent Men: 61-70%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email us at [email protected] or come to our community dinners Thursdays at 7pm!

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come to our community dinner to meet everyone. If you like us and we like you, there’s a three-month trial period after you move in.

  • Additional Comments:

    We currently (May 2018) have a room open and will likely have a couple more open soon!

Government

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

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 4
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • 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), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • 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, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)