Lovare Homestead

DeGraff, Ohio, United States

  • Last updated: April 27, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: March 9, 2015

Mission Statement

Lovare Homestead is being created to bring community back into the big picture by focusing on producing organically grown food and educational experiences for the locals in our area. It’s a group based farm and living acreage for homes in De Graff, Ohio (about 50 minutes from both Columbus and Dayton). Lovare will be open to hosting a stable group of 6 tiny houses year round. Each of the houses will be on the Lovare board. After showing their commitment to Lovare, we’d like them to live on the land like it’s their own and possibly even owning a share in the homestead. After many meetings with the local government, we have been legally approved for both tiny houses built on wheels and on foundation.
We want this to be home to a group of people who have chosen to live together with a common purpose, working cooperatively to create a lifestyle that reflects their shared core values. Our core values are sustainability, ecology, self-sufficiency, recycling, composting, permaculture, organic gardening, grey water systems, reducing our carbon footprint and incorporating community into daily lives. We’d like to have a community barn, organic garden and orchard, six tiny home sites, chickens and goats. If one of our board members has a passion, we’d love to come together to make it happen for them at Lovare homestead.

In addition to all of this, Lovare Homestead aims to have a big outreach to local and like-minded communities around the country. We hope to have open farm days for our seasoned farming friends, families, and ever-expanding circles of enthusiastic newbies in our surrounding area to come out to the homestead. We’d like to actively engage with the community by sharing labor, meals, knowledge, and belly laughs. At Lovare Homestead, we think it’s very important to teach others the how-tos instead of doing things for them.

Community Description

We are a Tiny House community. The master plan is to have 6 tiny houses at Lovare. We have a few spots remaining and are accepting applications.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), 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, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 7 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Planned Residence Types: Tiny house, Yurt, tee-pee, dome, treehouse, or tent, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 6
  • Child Members: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Email or text us! We’d love for you to come visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Communication on expectations between applicant and community and a visit is required before joining. You can fill out an application here! It’s the first step. http://goo.gl/forms/DKkdq0DsPi


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    One person from each house will be in the core leadership group.


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

    Members will own a piece of the land, if they desire. The contribution will continue until we collectively pay off the start up costs. Once the costs have been covered, only the small membership fee will be collected.

Sustainability Practices

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


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Up to individual.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations



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