Oasis Gardens

Roosevelt, Utah, United States

  • Last updated: April 3, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: May 18, 2013

Mission Statement

Seeking Ecological Harmony and a Meaningful Way of Sustainable Living.

Community Description

• Oasis Gardens is a 501(c)(5) non-profit member & volunteer supported endeavor that immerses participants in shared ecological, sustainable, productive, socio/economic and humane/spiritual values in a gardening mini-farm homestead style setting that incorporates bio-sustainable, herbal and self-reliant practices into a caring eco-friendly experience.
• In 2012 a private grant was received for setting up the gardens farming projects infrastructure and managed commons accommodations based projects. The programs became a 501c(5) non-profit endeavor in 2015.
• Location is a high desert (5,300 ft altitude) locale with commons facilities supported gardens farming & learning center located on 35 secluded acres that includes fully outfitted homestead/farmstead-style facilities.
• Located an hour’s drive of the magnificent Uinta Mountain’s 6 forested drainages (Duchesne, Rock Creek, Lake Fork, Yellowstone, Uinta & Whiterocks) and wilderness trailheads, camp grounds, herb walks opportunities and weekend outdoor activities.
• Fully outfitted with: Compact and sub-compact tractors and garden/farming two-wheel tractors, implements; high tunnel hoop house; 4 season green house; fowls (chickens/turkeys/ducks) growing/egg laying projects; pressure irrigated gardens & open pasture; wooded pocket parks & greens; fully outfitted tools shed; sustainable composting projects; numerous zoned gardens; planned for walipini style green houses project; etc.
• Participant amenities include: 3 season outfitter’s kitchen & dining arena; a cultural/spirit yurt; 4-season indoor ‘Commons’ facility (gathering room + kitchen galley + shower/utility room); three 4-season indoor bunking quarters (sleeps 10 individuals); outdoor 3 season line shed sleeping unit (sleeps 4); outdoor 3 season enclosed dry toilets & showers; large weather resistant 3-season Springbar® canvas cabins (accommodates numerous individuals); and an earth sauna/sweat lodge.
• Projects agendas includes: non-chemical ecological friendly centered environs; bio-sustainable gardening; small livestock tending; herbal medicine instruction & practices; nutrition & cooking (incl. vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free meals); ecology-based philosophy & practices; energy & vibrational healing instruction & practices (incl. yoga & meditation).

About

  • Type(s): Student Housing or Student Co-Op, Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, 501(c)(5) (Non-Profit)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 35 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Other Energy Sources is: “Off-Grid” propane tanks. A semi off-grid solar project for supplemental low load power storage and solar gain storage/radiation is planned for expanded greenhouse facilities/operation.

Membership

  • Adult Members: 4
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    • Please make prior arrangements for visiting.
    • Walk-on visitors may be turned away without prior approval & scheduling.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    • Oasis Gardens projects are a 501(c)(5) Non-Profit organization consisting of Members and Volunteer participants.
    • Membership is limited and on a closed procedural basis based on for-value contributions and/or SME mentoring services to the 501(c)(5) endeavor and its programs.
    • Volunteer participation is open, however, a volunteer slot must be available since project & property facilities accommodations and ecological holding capacity holds on-site participation to a limited number of individuals.
    • Volunteer participation is based on a probation/proving period followed by current Oasis Gardens managing Members approving/inviting a person to participate/stay on the project.
    • In all instances, for property and participants safety, an individual will first be subjected to and must pass a background check and vetting process to be considered for contributory and/or volunteer participation.

  • Additional Comments:

    • Humane/spiritual approach to life that emphasizes spiritual awareness & connectedness that respects and honors all individuals and their beliefs and orientations, and cares for the environment & planet.
    • Education/learning style is instructional/lecture & experiential (hands-on) based.
    • Healthcare style encouraged and taught is ‘Self-Help’ integrative natural health & well-being. Participants are encouraged to independently seek medical care when needed.
    • Visitors and/or participants, with prior approval, may bring children on property for day visits, volunteer work, limited stay work-stay, agri-tourism, etc.
    • Due to livestock and current resident’s/property’s working pets, and except for a currently ‘registered’ and properly trained service dogs, Members, participants or visitors are NOT allowed to bring pets onto property or premises. Except for ‘approved’ service dogs (see following service dogs policy), all indoor premises are pet-free. All pets, including service dogs, are NOT allowed in ‘commons’ facility, offices/guest/library building or meditation/spirit yurt.
    • Regarding service dogs policy: Service dogs must be healthy and ‘house trained’ and at all times leashed and/or with owner. A service dog is allowed indoors only in bunking/sleeping quarter of owner and must not cause problems for others in that sleeping quarter. Service dogs defections must be immediately cleaned up and properly disposed of. Owner must show proof of dog meeting up to date rabies vaccination status, and is responsible for all care and maintenance of their service dog and is not to burden others regarding same.
    • On-site firearms policy: Except for Oasis Gardens employee use for occasional and specific pest/varmint control purposes, or as otherwise may be arranged for by the Executive Director, NO firearms are allowed in possession and/or carry and/or use on the property or premises. All firearms in ownership and/or possession of participants of any kind and/or their ‘household’ must be declared and placed in secure and safekeeping of Oasis Gardens. Arrangements for privately documented holding of ‘legal’ firearms by Oasis Gardens are to be arranged for specifically between the Executive Director and firearms owner, and will be returned to owner upon their departure from the property and premises. No hunting is allowed on the property or premises.

Government

  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    As a 501(c()5) endeavor, Oasis Gardens projects are administered by its Board of Trustees. Oasis Gardens day-to-day operations is in turn administered by a Projects Manager who oversees project supervisors.

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 25
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    • Oasis Gardens is a 501(c)(5) Non-Profit endeavor.
    • Oasis Gardens is NOT an employment based endeavor for its members, volunteer, fee-based or work-stay programs participants. It is a volunteer and fee based educational learning center that is a work-stay managed homestead/farmstead-style participant driven endeavor.
    • Any proceeds and/or outputs derived from projects are disbursed according to provisions of the 501(c)(5) organization bylaws.
    • Property/community and its care/upkeep, gardens preparation & growing and harvesting, and infrastructure construction/maintenance of Oasis Gardens & Learning Center projects are volunteer and work-stay participant based.
    • Oasis Gardens provides on-site domiciling & provisions for meals and relevant instruction/education for on-site domiciled work-stay volunteer and fee based student/education participants in exchange for daily task-oriented projects meeting a specific daily hourly and performance standard.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid, wood
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Kosher, Halal, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-free. HFCS-free where possible.
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    • Community based shared meals preparation & cleanup, and individual based meals preparation & cleanup.
    • Food from our gardens farm is sustainably/chemical-free grown.
    • Meals typically contain high percentage of fibrous vegetables & fruits. Accommodate vegetarian and paleo preferences.
    • Soy-free ingredients can be accommodated.
    • ‘Gluten-Free’ foods available.
    • Emphasis on ‘variety’ tied to a healthy ethnic cuisine approach.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Christian, Buddhist, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions, Mixed Eastern Philosophy or Practice, Rainbow Family, Humanist
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Meet personal general hygienic standards, and domiciling and commons use clean-up and organization. Must comply with agricultural GAP (Good Agriculture Practices) and FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) standards. Smoking only in designated areas. No open alcohol use allowed on premises except as approved by management on a case-by-case basis for special occasions or approved ceremonial use. Oasis Gardens is a drug-free location that complies with the laws of the State of Utah and Federal law where applicable.

  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    Lifestyle is self-reliant and self-sustaining based and requires that participants exhibit a “Can Do – Will Do” self-initiative motivated attitude and do their part to contribute to the viability and ongoing operation of the projects. Oasis Gardens is also a sanctuary that embodies a peaceful and settled environment for learning, doing, experiencing, healing and self-realization.

Additional Comments

Oasis Gardens programs are administered by Members of the 501(c)(5) endeavor whose founding Members are also experienced businesspeople who own a successful herbal products manufacturing & distribution company. The founding Members of Oasis Gardens believe that to cure the environment and planet’s problems, humanity must first be taken care of on a person to person basis. Kindness, respect and providing a positive working environment for learning & acquiring sustainable, spiritual, self-reliant skills is the first step to this process. It is upon this legacy Oasis Gardens & Learning Center is founded and shared.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Sponsor local community gardens. Member of local farmers markets. Food bank donor. Interface with 4-H, FHA and University of Utah extension programs.

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].

Keywords

Ecovillage, Sanctuary, Ecology, Sustainable, Gardens, Organic, Self Reliance, Meaningful, Herbs, Nutrition, Health, Spiritual