Liberty Village

Libertytown, Maryland, United States

  • Last updated: May 6, 2018 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

We are committed to the creation and maintenance of a supportive, enriching, and purposeful community that fosters connection amongst ourselves, others, and the Earth through simplicity, cooperation, and community service.

Community Description

Mission Statement:
We are committed to the creation and maintenance of a supportive, enriching, and purposeful community that fosters connection amongst ourselves, others, and the Earth through simplicity, cooperation, and community service.

About Us:
Liberty Village is just outside of Frederick, Maryland amongst sprawling open landscape and farmland. We are located in Libertytown, Maryland which is a peacefully small town with less than 1000 residents and we love being so close to suburbia yet so nicely tucked into a little corner of idyllic cohousing life here.

Our village was founded upon the vision of creating a multigenerational living environment that promotes a strong sense of community and a deep-founded respect for our Mother Earth. Residents are committed to interacting with and knowing their neighbors in a meaningful way. Here, different traditions and values are respected, and all can feel that they belong as our residents have diverse backgrounds, occupations, politics, family situations, spiritual/secular paths, and sexual orientations/identities.

We are compromised of growing families (currently 20+ children), retirees, singles, and young couples. In the 20 years Liberty Village has been in existence, residents have come and gone, and we have seen many births, deaths, weddings, and so many more life changes. Still, LV continues to be a work in progress so that as our lives evolve and circumstances change, so does the patchwork quilt of the community. We remain a community dedicated to creating a place where resources are shared, the Earth is respected, and our children play together in safety.

Homes are clustered on 8 of our total 23 acres around a green, pedestrian-only footpath. Yes, that means your kiddos are safe their bike, scooter, wagon anywhere they please (and trust me, they do!)

Our remaining 15 acres of land contain a mix of community gardens, an abundant fruit orchard with pear, apple, and cherry trees alongside blueberry bushes, meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. We have a quiet meditation area in the “way back” for anyone wanting a break or the perfect place to camp and make a small fire for the evening. We forage on wild blackberries, along with red and black raspberries several months through the year. Often we enjoy impromptu dance parties, game nights, s’mores nights, guitar jam sessions, movie nights, and lots of camaraderie with our neighbors and friends.

There are free-range, organic pastured chickens which supply us with endless fresh eggs daily, milking goats that supply us with endless entertainment along with fresh milk and cheese, and we hope to add an apiary in the Spring of 2019!

We have 10 lots which READY TO BUILD your custom home with new, smaller floor plans for those wanting to downsize and simplify. We would love to meet you and show you what makes us amazing!

You can find us on Facebook for the most up to date photographs (We welcome your comments, likes and shares so keep them coming!) and on our website (www.libertyvillage.com) for upcoming calendar events!

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Small Town or Village

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 23 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 18
  • Planned number of residences: 38
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on, Eco-friendly, Green-built Welcomed!
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    planned for 38 homes, 18 currently built.
    Actively seeking inspired CoHousing enthusiasts!

Membership

  • Adult Members: 33
  • Child Members: 21
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Call: 202-276-8734
    Visit our Facebook page and send a message : www.facebook.com/LibertyEcoVillage
    Visit our website and submit an inquiry: www.libertyvillage.com

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Come visit with us and ask anything you’d like to know. We are very welcoming and will answer all of your burning questions 🙂

  • Additional Comments:

    Would love to continue our land stewardship path with more work toward becoming an EcoVillage and we welcome all positive energy here!

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: $170.00
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Geothermal, Rain collection, grey water systems
  • 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), Swimming pond or pool, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, 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: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Gluten-Free, Some Vegan, Some Vegetarian, Some Gluten Free, Some Peanut Free – we strive to provide nourishment to all community members at shared meals
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Usually 1-2

    Community meals accomodate vegetarians

    Community meals accomodate vegetarians

    Personal use is private

    Personal use is private but virtually zero

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices)
  • 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

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN), Coho/US

Keywords

ecovillage, eco, green, sustainable, multigenerational, friendly, inspired