White Pine Cohousing Community

Montpelier, Vermont, United States

  • Last updated: November 5, 2018 (3 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: September 25, 2012
  • Last verified on: November 4, 2018

Mission Statement

The Community will create and maintain a residential community that both respects individual needs and expects member participation in managing the social and physical requirements of the community.

Community Description

White Pine Cohousing is a six unit community on 41 acres of meadow and forest land located in rural central Vermont, just outside of Montpelier. The houses are clustered on the south side of the seven acre meadow to enhance solar exposure and maintain the open fields for gardens, wildlife and activities. We aim to create and maintain a residential community that both respects individual needs and expects member participation in managing the social and physical requirements of the community. We have village-like informal connections and use a consensus decision-making process. Our individually owned homes were built with environmentally sound construction, are super insulated, share a common heating system and have small ecological footprints.
  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2009
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: No
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  • Contact Name: Ellen Seeger
  • Phone: 802-229-2521
  • Community Address:
    138 White Rock Drive #1
    Montpelier, Vermont, 05602
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 41 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 6
  • Planned number of residences: 6
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Housing Provided: Purchase
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 0
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    To visit our community contact one of the residents by phone, email or letter. Ellen Seeger at 802-229-2521 or [email protected] or Carolyn Shapiro at 802-229-5676.

  • Membership Process:

    There is a detailed process in place.

  • Open to new Members: No

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
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    informal work days and tasks

    contribute semi annually to community expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas
  • 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 Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • 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), Coho/US