Grimm Acres Community

Waynesburg, Kentucky, United States

  • Last updated: March 28, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: March 28, 2018

Mission Statement

​Since you can’t have an intentional community without intention, ours is to simply “thrive together”.

Everyone who lives or visits Grimm Acres brings a lifetime of experience to share with others. Even the children have unique experiences, perspectives and skills to offer and teach.

Community Description

Grimm Acres Community Living, is a beautiful place to put down some roots, enjoy nature, explore the simple life, a time for quiet reflection, and be a part of a community that works together to achieve community goals.

Grimm Acres is a wonderful place to be at one with nature, animals, birds, and the trees that surround us. While at the same time each member of the community can engage in meaningful work. Creating tiny living shelters, discovering nature trails, creating healthy gardens to grow community food, animal husbandry, and discovering the meaning of community as we all work side by side together.

Grimm Acres is the best place to rediscover who you are, who you want to be, and where you want to be in life. Here you can learn new things, become a part of a community that is sustainable and self-sufficient, be able to help others, and journey with peace.

Living simply is the Grimm Acres way, and understanding that our place here on earth is to learn and help others learn in the process. We embrace learning new things, learning from others, and understand that many great minds can achieve much more than just one great mind.

Teaching our local community on gardening, identifying plants, trees, canning, building simple shelters, and how working as a community can enhance the lives around you.

Orion and Josie Grimm settled in Waynesburg, KY. Both with the vision of creating a place full of family, love, and a sense of community. Understanding that in today’s tough economic times, how cool it would be to open up their homestead to others to create an intentional community that relishes in the simple things of life. Creating a place where others could enjoy the beauty that surrounds them, garden together, raise animals together, build together, and eventually become a self-sustained intentional community. After all, it takes a village. Troy and Dawn have lived in communities, such as Alpha Farm in Oregon and were invited to Grimm Acres ​as part of the core group with their children, Heather and Ivy.

About

  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 30 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses, Natural built structues
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Interested in joining us here at Grimm Acres?
    We would love to hear from you!
    Contact us at any of the following methods mentioned in our contact section.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Potential Resident Visit — visit must be arranged by the community liaison.
    Visitor — an individual who makes a short-term visit to Grimm Acres.

    Grimm Acres Residency and Membership:
    3-Month Residency: a person who has just joined Grimm Acres Community and committed to staying for 3-months.
    Provisional Member: the fact of being a member of Grimm Acres Community. After 3-month residency, a resident may apply for Provisional Membership.
    Full Member: the fact of being a member of Grimm Acres Community. After a year of being a provisional member, a provisional member may apply for Full Member Status.
    Core Group Community: The core group community is made up of Full Members. The core group community votes on residencies, holds a position and assigned role within the community, participates proactively in all areas of the Grimm Acres Community. Assigning jobs, tasks, aiding in decision making during community meetings, and handling various duties with the Grimm Acres business ventures.

  • Additional Comments:

    A Potential Resident Visit must pay Grimm Acres for overnight fee(s), the amount of $5.00 a night per person. This includes lodging/food. Participate in an event or workshop or project. This visit should last no more than 5 days.

    A Visitor: This visit must be arranged by the community liaison or through the Host. A Visitor and/or Host must pay Grimm Acres for overnight fee(s), the amount of $10.00 a night per person. This includes lodging/food. Note: Host – the Grimm Acres resident(s) with whom the Visitor is staying during his/her visit.

    3 Month Residency: Agrees to pay monthly dues of: $50.00 a month per adult (18-100 years of age), and $25.00 dollars a month per child (5-18 years of age.) This includes housing, food, transportation, and hygiene products. After 3-Months of residency, a resident may apply for Provisional Membership.

    Provisional Member: The community will vote and decide on Provisional Member status. Agrees to pay monthly dues of: $100.00 a month per adult (18-100 years of age), and $50.00 dollars a month per child (up to age 18 years old.) This includes housing, food, transportation, and hygiene products. Participate in Community meetings and remain proactive in the community. Take on an assigned role within the community. After 1 year of being a provisional member, a resident may apply for Full Member.

    Full Member: The core group community will vote and decide on Full Member Status. Agrees to pay monthly dues of: $100.00 a month per adult (18-100 years of age), and $50.00 dollars a month per child (up to age 18 years old.) This includes housing, food, transportation, and hygiene products. Participate in Community meetings as a core group member, vote on residencies, hold a position and assigned role here at Grimm Acres, and remain proactive in the community.

    All visitors must be preapproved by founders and Core Group Members before visiting.
    A Visitor may arrive as an individual or through participating in an event or workshop. Upon arrival, a Visitor or his/her Host should provide the following information to Grimm Acres: date of arrival, living arrangements, and contact information.
    Visitors may stay for no more than 5 days. Must be accompanied by a resident or member to ensure proper introduction to the Community here at Grimm Acres.
    If a visitor would like to stay on as a resident, then it will be discussed as a community and voted on.
    No pets allowed by visitors.
    Any firearms brought onto the Grimm Acres must be registered, locked up in transportation, and not seen.

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: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $100
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 30
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Christian, Jewish
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Fair Housing Laws

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