Bakersville, North Carolina, United States
- Last updated: February 17, 2017 (3 months ago)
- Listing created on: August 17, 2008
living well, with respect for others and for the land
Building sites for homes and studios are available. Development standards call for green homes that conserve energy and natural resources. Sites allow for passive solar, and renewable energy is encouraged. Small (and tiny) houses are welcome. Rental housing is available, but goes quickly.
A small, mixed-use village center is planned. This “main street” is called Castanea Street in honor of the magnificent tree that was decimated by blight. By planting chestnut trees, we will help bring the chestnut back to this region. Land is also set aside for an organic farm, and community garden plots for residents.
In addition to caring for the natural environment, High Cove supports the human environment with a variety of public and civic spaces. These gathering places are the foundation of neighboring, and build the social capital that makes great communities. We seek diversity in age, income, and background. LGBTQ welcome.
We would welcome the opportunity to partner with folks who are interested in creating co-housing at High Cove.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2001
- Start Living Together: 2007
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://www.highcove.com
- Contact Name: High Cove
- Phone: 828-688-1581
- Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
- Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Rural
- Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Founding partners and elected representatives play the largest role in decision-making.
Elected representatives implement community principles to which all members have agreed.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $40
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: No
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
Although there is no membership fee or buy-in, members are responsible for providing their own housing. Typically this means building a house on a lot. Rental housing is occasionally available.
While there is no formal labor contribution requirement, in practice people contribute by doing things they are passionate about, which also enriches the community.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Energy sources: Solar, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
- Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
- Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
- Planned food produced: From 50-75%
- Food produced locally: Up to 25%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Gym or sports area, Internet
- Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
- Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
- 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
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
- Additional Diet Comments:
common meals are optional and somewhat impromptu in scheduling, but much enjoyed
organic farm site beginning production
meals typically include beer/wine, although some members don’t use alcohol
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Agnostic, Humanist, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, 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)
life long learning, art, sustainable, eco-community, new urban, green building, tiny houses