The Garden of Eden Project

Santa Cruz County, California, United States

  • Last updated: April 17, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: January 23, 2006

Mission Statement

organic vegan landscaped

Community Description

My website shows designs for biologically sustainable, landscaped, vegan communities. I am looking for benefactors who would be interested in providing funding for and living in such an environment where we grow and eat primarily our own organic food. I envision many of us requiring only part-time jobs for income and being part-time gardeners on our own land. There should be more quality time for more human activities than the average person currently experiences in the usual nine to five city lifestyle.

There are graphical, in-depth designs for a five-acre, 10-acre, and 20-acre and 40-acre community for 10 people, 20 people, 40 people and 80 people respectively on my website. If you think you might be interested in providing funding for and living this way, please email me.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 2020
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Rick Mayer


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: To be Determined


  • Status: We do not have land
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Planned number of residences: 32
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Additional Comments:

    no land yet

    it will probably be member-owned

    This number for the 40-acre plan

    People live in groups of 2, 4 or more


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

    We have no land yet. Call me or send e-mail and we will talk.

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

    We need benefactors now

  • Additional Comments:

    Religion is up to the individual

    It’s up to the parents


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


    A few of us are in the talking stage


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    Haven’t decided about ownership yet

    small amount of time for gardening

    maybe eventually if we “buy a share”, e.g.

    possibly if need arises

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned food produced: 100%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Vegan Only (plants only, no animal products) – Please check this only if you are 100% Vegan.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    It’s up to the community

    Planning Stage only now

    organic, vegan, raw & vegetarian

    Mostly raw food, mostly vegan

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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