Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust

La Loma, New Mexico, United States

  • Last updated: December 27, 2017 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: December 27, 2017

Mission Statement

To acquire and hold land in trust in order to provide for permanently affordable housing. Homes will be built and land will be used in an environmentally sensitive and socially responsible manner.

To provide permanently affordable access to land for such purposes as quality housing, sustainable agriculture, cottage industries and co-operatives by forever removing the land from the speculative market.

To develop and exercise responsible and ecological practices, which preserve, protect and enhance the land’s natural attributes.

To serve as a model in land stewardship and community development by providing information, resources and expertise.

Community Description

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The Mil Abrazos Community Land Trust in New Mexico is looking for Interns

Our nonprofit organization just purchased 32 acres (20 irrigated) of farmland in Dilia, along the Pecos River, 30 min south of Las Vegas and 1.5 hr from Santa Fe.

Our mission is to acquire and hold land in trust in order to provide for permanently affordable housing, as well as affordable access to land for such purposes as sustainable agriculture, cottage industries and co-operatives by forever removing the land from the speculative market.

The goal of our project is to create an agrarian community and educational center that seeks to demonstrate and disperse evolving permaculture principles near and wide, and teach technologies and strategies appropriate for the biome we live in.

Interns must be interested in being at the foundation of what could be a fascinating project. Must be able to do research, writing, construction, presentations and gardening to feed themselves.

We are in a start-up phase, currently building accommodations for interns and visitors, repairing the flood (acequia) irrigation system and cleaning up the property.

In the Spring, we will begin a facilitated process aimed at creating a Master Plan, drawing on the many local talents in Permaculture, holistic land management, watershed restoration, as well as organizations dealing with food justice, veterans, summer camps, hospice care and more.

See 5 min video presentation of the property https://vimeo.com/237255325

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 32 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 15
  • 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, Natural built structues
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    email

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    see website

Government

  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 5

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Fire pit, Waterfront access
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.

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