Twin Pines Country Plantation and Guest Ranch

Norwood, Georgia, United States

  • Last updated: January 16, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 26, 2012

Mission Statement

To achieve highest practical levels of , self-sufficiency and survivability , to be able to survive any short or longer term disaster .

Community Description

The 28.4 acre Twin Pines Country Plantation & Guest Ranch is an authentic survivalist , self-sufficient , and conservative oriented eco-friendly and community-involved growing and expanding operation in rural east central Georgia.

We produce all of our own electricity and plan to heat our buildings using wood burning stoves and fireplaces , and we are in the process of establishing a garden , orchards , and vineyard where we will grow all of the vegetables we need for our own consumption , sale , and bartering.

Buildings are being constructed to achieve virtual 100% efficient use of energy (i.e. R40+ insulation in walls and roof).

All water used for drinking , household use , livestock , irrigation , and fire suppression is harvested from rainwater runoff and stored in large , elevated , above ground storage tanks.

Gardens , fruit orchards , vineyards , wild hog traps , and a variety of animals and poultry will be used to minimize the impact of runaway food prices and predicted future shortages.

Plans are underway and scheduled to implement a substantial number of diverse revenue generation projects with all residents sharing in the proceeds of these ventures , including the establishment of a “Guest Ranch” , and a “Safe House” that will include such activities as wild hog hunting & trapping , daily horse riding , ATV rides , fishing , cook-outs , hiking trails , farm chores , etc.

Excess food production will be donated to needy causes , sold , fed to livestock , and bartered for various goods and services from our neighbors.

We are in constant contact with the rest of the world using high speed internet access and mobile phones , while taking maximum advantage of our quiet , clean , and beautiful rural setting.

We make extensive use of the latest technology and products available to optimize our efficiency , comfort , and effectiveness.

Our members attend the churches of their choice throughout the surrounding community on an optional regular weekly basis , they participate in their favorite community service activities on a regular monthly basis , and they take part in other community activities as well – to ensure we remain an integral , valued , and welcome member of the surrounding communties.

In summary , we maximize our self-sufficiency and survivability while taking full advantage of what modern technology , materials , and the internet offers – while enjoying the many benefits , advantages and freedoms of our rural environment.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
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  • Contact Name: Del G. Cartwright
  • Phone: 972 487-1548
  • Community Address:
    2541 Andrews Chapel Road
    Norwood, Georgia, 30821
    United States
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2016
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location


  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 28.43 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


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

    Contact Del G. Cartwright at 972 487-1548 or send an email to [email protected] to arrange a visit.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Attracting applicants who meet our Member Profile and Member Guidelines regardless of age (18 to 59) , gender , race , religion , sexual preference , educational background , and who are able to thrive as a Team Member in our environment and lifestyle.

    We have found that it is necessary to believe passionately in the principles of both self-sufficiency and survivability to be able to enjoy oneself , and to thrive in this environment and lifestyle.

  • Additional Comments:

    Only those individuals that have the necessary attitudes , orientation and passionate belief with respect to self-sufficiency and survivability will be considered , since these principles form an integral part of our everyday activities and living.


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

    The Community will ultimately be operated and managed by a group of 5 to 7 equal Team Members with a Team Leader – operating on a consensus basis with the Team Leader , who is the current owner of the Plantation , resolving any disputes or disagreements with an over-riding veto role when required . Each Team Member has similar basic duties and responsibilities with additional specialized functions depending on each individual , and shares daily chores , maintenance , and upkeep needs.


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 40
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Up to 50% of net profit divided equally among Team Members(excluding Team Leader) or a monthly stipend of $ 100 (whichever is greater) ; plus partial ownership after five(5) years.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are totally off grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Biomass, Biogas, Biofuel
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Almost All, around 90%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: No
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Meals will be prepared on an omnivorous basis , but any Team Member will eventually be able to choose to consume only vegetables and fruit since we plan to produce sufficient of both to meet our needs.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Protestant, Lutheran, Catholic, Native American, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    A Community Healthcare Plan is envisaged in future.

Additional Comments

Our Community is based on a small , efficient , and highly specialized group of highly trained quintessential Team Players acting as a single highly cohesive group to operate and expand a profitable operation while achieving the highest practical levels of self-sufficiency and survivability no matter what we have to deal with in future. Each Team Member receives an equal share of our net revenue on a monthly basis , as well as a part ownership in the Plantation after five(5) uninterrupted years of residency.

In addition to receiving free room , board , clothing , telephone , internet , and transportation , each Team Member is guaranteed continued residency on the Plantation for their lifetime – barring any overriding medical consideration which might require some other action in their waning years.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), None.

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Fair Housing Laws

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Self-sufficient and very high survivability no matter what Mother Nature or man sends our way.