The Wild Cooperative

Crawford, Colorado, United States

  • Last updated: July 27, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: February 5, 2018

Mission Statement

We are a community cultivating cooperative and facilitating relationship with nature and each other and share the knowledge of our living experiences.

We are creating a sustainable polycultural forest garden with an emphasis on healthy soil forming, building energy efficient natural structures, regenerating and stewarding environmentally damaged areas and protecting wild habitats. This natural earth-friendly ecosystem energizes people on all levels and allows for personal and group endeavors, as well as shares and returns the surplus of energy and knowledge.

We are sharing our experiences and knowledge in areas such as seeds, nursery plants, whole nutrient-dense plant-based foods, medicinal and culinary herbs and mushrooms, efficient heating sources and natural structures, ecological land and soil food web design consulting, and education.

Community Description

The Wild Cooperative is an education and demonstration site in Western Colorado. In the spirit of biocentrism and collaboration, this site is offering creative space for workshops, activism, and community-building. Our vision is to be surrounded by energy efficient homes, perennial food forest gardens, healthy soils and clean reliable water. Just as we design this resilient system on the ground we nurture similarly supportive social, economic, cultural, and educational guilds.

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Transition Town (post-petroleum and off-grid communities), School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association, Ethical Business, Investment Group, or Alternative Currency, Organization, Resource, or Network, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 16 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 2
  • Planned number of residences: 4
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 2
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact via email or phone before visiting

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Email or call for details.

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $40
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    As educational site the community will strive to be solvent

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Fire pit, Waterfront access, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Keywords

regenerative, permaculture, natural building, egalitarian