Tonasket, Washington, United States
- Last updated: January 13, 2016 (1 year ago)
- Listing created on: July 15, 2012
Our goal is to strike a balance between individual and community living, promote organic gardening, adhere to the principles of permaculture, recycle, reuse and live light on the land.
We are building a six-home community on 4.25 acres in the town of Tonasket in Northcentral Washington State. All of the highly efficient earth sheltered homes are being pre-built to “green” building standards. Each home will have an attached garage plus additional garage/storage space in the Community Building. The Community Building is also equipped to house occasional guests and contains a commercial kitchen, workshops, library, work area, ADA bathrooms, greenhouse, large meeting room, and dining area. Each member/family will own their own home and lot and will share privileges with other members on the remaining common ground (nearly 3 acres) and the community buildings. All members will share the cost of stewardship (taxes, insurance, maintenance etc) on the common areas.
The property has dedicated irrigation water which will be used to establish the permaculture landscape that will provide a large part of our food. We are located in an excellent agricultural area just 20 miles south of the Canadian border.
Most of the infrastructure; water, power, phone, internet and sewer was installed in 2011 and is in place to each lot. As of this writing (1-12-2016) the community building is finished, two living units are completed and occupied and the landscaping is in. We have begun construction on the next two living units and they should be completed next spring.
Our site is walking distance to shopping, schools, hospital, clinics, farmers market, library, and parks. Tonasket is a vibrant town of about 1000 citizens with very diverse lifestyles. It is the home of a long-standing food co-op and a cultural center dedicated to presenting healthy alternative programs, entertainment, and educational opportunities that benefit the entire community. Our medical community is outstanding and the hospital in Tonasket has an authorized Veterans Clinic, and an extended care facility.
It is our hope that, as an Intentional Community, we will be able to strike a balance between individual and community living, promote organic gardening, adhere to the principles of pemaculture, recycle, reuse, and live light on the land. Pleasant Glade members will belong to an association which will be the governing body and use consensus for decision making to establish rules and guidlines for The Community.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2010
- Start Living Together: 2013
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://pleasantgladeic.org
- Contact Name: Bob or Jane Thompson
- Phone: 509-486-2654
- Mailing Address:
41Pleasant Glade Place
Tonasket, Washington, 98855
- Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
- Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
- Location: Small Town
- Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: No
- Additional Comments:
Ours is a non-profit corporation governed by an elected board of directors and the home owners association membership.
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Regular Fee per Month: $150
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
- Additional Comments:
Community membership requires participation in the ongoing responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the community grounds and facilities. To that end a monthly fee is charged to each household to cover 1/6th of those costs. (Presently, the fee is $150.00/monthly.)
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
- Energy sources: Connected to the Grid
- Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: Between 26-49%
- Food produced locally: From 50-75%
- Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Swingsets & play areas
- Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms)
- 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.
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
- Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
- Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
- Additional Comments:
It is our belief that individuals or families who are seeking “community” are already attuned to their place in the big scheme of things. Though we are a small community of 6 homes, we recognize our roll in the larger community around us and encourage participation in the richness that abounds there.
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)
Organic agriculture, four seasons,Northcentral Washingon, fishing ,hunting, hiking, skiing, boating