Michigan Ecovillage

Madison Heights, Michigan, United States

  • Last updated: August 13, 2016 (9 months ago)
  • Listing created on: November 17, 2015

Mission Statement

Multigenerational intentional community integrated with an organic farm, using Consumer and Worker Co-ops as well as US DOL Registered Apprenticeships to deliver caring services to seniors, young families and children, demonstrating and providing educational programming on Climate Change mitigation, adaptation and migration strategies.

Community Description

Join Michigan Ecovillage Co-op!
A cooperative multi-generational community in the making, bringing hope by demonstrating Climate Change mitigation and adaptation.
Michigan Ecovillage is being established utilizing an inter-dependent network of cooperative businesses, for community development and replication. Cooperative businesses include consumer co-ops, housing co-ops, and worker-owned co-ops. Worker-owned cooperatives will provide ecovillage members with sustaining sources of income. Worker-owners will live in the Ecovillage with their families, and provide products and services for local as well as regional markets. Individual co-ops will leverage the economies of scale from the larger ecovillage consortium. The use of co-op business structures provides legal advantages for social investment, access to co-op organizational support and grants, as well as co-op bank bond offerings.
Participate as a Founder, Co-op Board Director or Co-op Member:
Help establish community relationships, acquire land and develop the infrastructure.
Help develop the cooperatives’ legal policies and procedures.
1. Live in the beautiful environment of the community, renting or buying a family home, or apartment. Enjoy the community center with cafeteria, exercise classes, meeting rooms, social gatherings, and quiet places to relax.
2. Join a Worker Cooperative and be an Employee Owner.
a. Volunteer, work part-time or full-time at community cooperative businesses, including early childhood development, eldercare services, tree care, farming, gardening, food processing and meal production, and community educational programs about climate change mitigation and adaptation.
3. Young families may move to the ecovillage to raise their families in a supportive multi-generational educational environment, with child care and employment opportunities.
4. Retire to the progressive care community, enjoying the companionship of kindred spirits making a difference, as well as safety and an elegant quality of life while contributing to future generations. Aging in place, in community.
a. The professional services provided to elder members will help financially support the network of ecovillage caregivers and the community activities.
b. Move into an Independent Living apartment, with optional meal, housekeeping and personal Home Caregiver services.
c. If needed, move to an Assisted Living apartment or state of the art 10-person “Green House Home” facility, with full meal and caregiver services.
Michigan Ecovillage will be working with the MSU Product Development Center in 2016 on co-op business plans in preparation for investment offerings. Michigan Ecovillage is currently looking for Founders, Members, and Partners, including:
1. Co-op Members
2. Co-op Board Directors
3. Financial Officer
4. Experienced Long Term Care Administrator
5. Experienced Organic Market Grower
Michigan Ecovillage
Karl & Gaylyn Kaufman
28404 Alger Blvd., Madison Heights, MI 48071
[email protected]


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes, 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


  • Adult Members: 4
  • Visitor Process:

    Our community is being co-created. Please send email.

  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices


Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)


Cooperatives, Co-ops, Climate Change, Mitigation, Adaptation, Migration, Regenerative, Sustainable