Oak Forest Collaborative

East Haddam, Connecticut, United States

  • Last updated: July 9, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: February 10, 2010

Mission Statement


Community Description

The goal of Oak Forest is to create a collaborative that focus’s on personal creativity,growing organic food,and developing marketable products to sell at area farmers markets and craft-shows.The intention is to create affordable housing that will foster personal enjoyment of area,a exchange of creative ideas,and hopefully a sense of community.Well,I should say the house incorporates many energy effecient and saftey systems.Saftey first, each room has a fire sprinkler and a monitored,hard wired smoke alarm.Additionally there are monitored smoke/carbon detection monitors in the hallways.Beyound that, the house was designed using the Home Energy Rating System or HERS,that increases energy effeciency up to 50% through use of increased insulation and energy effecient windows and doors.The house will be heated by natural gas and a outdoor energy effecient/low emmision wood fired water boiler .So the plan is to have tenant spaces.The price range is from rooms to go for $550{including heat,hot water,wi-fi,cable TV}to $625.Beyond that, oh boy.The house itself is on 40 acres of land,however, it’s surrounded by Nature Conservancy, State land, so it’s extemely rural.Beyond that it’s on a limited access road, with further dedicated nature trails, a large brook.Beyond that, Lyme itself is a paradise.Through zoning laws they have kept the population very low and aggresively purchased land for nature preserves.As a result, it’s like stepping back into the 1850’s.You can bike for miles on country roads, very little vehicular traffic.On the weekends you can go two days without seeing another human face with little planning.Nature in the raw.I find it’s a very effective way to unwind, get away from the rat-race, and get in touch with yourself and your projects.Nature is so begnin, a force for good,to just immerse yourself in it.We are up and running.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: George Willauer III
  • Phone: 860-395-8534
  • Address:
    50 Baker Lane
    East Haddam, Connecticut, 6423
    United States
  • Location


  • Type(s): Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.)


  • Area: 40 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Land owned by: Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
  • Additional Comments:

    We have 40 acres however we are surrounded by Nature Conservancy and State land so it feels much bigger.

    Outer Forty LLC ownes land in Trust.

    A large boarding house w/ studios



  • Adult Members: 3
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    People whom would like to visit should contact me via E-mail or phone to arrange a visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    We defer to the Board

    Hopefully we will meet reguraly and hash things out, set agendas, set up guidelines, ect.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments:

    To be determined

    Monthly fee for room/studio space

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All~ up to 90%
  • Energy sources: Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 25-50%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Hopefully we will prepare collective meals on a rotational basis.

    We have a big organic garden I hope to expand.Two gardens, hopefully.

  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Additional Comments

Very rural, yet close to metro areas, big towns, shopping, ect.

We are up and running.

It’s been a long road.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)