Willow Haven Community

Springfield, Alabama, United States

  • Last updated: November 4, 2017 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: November 4, 2017

Mission Statement

To facilitate a community of individuals striving for sustainability and personal/community growth.

Community Description

Our mission is to create and maintain a self-sufficient community of like-minded individuals. Emphasizing the individual and their talents and skills within a community of individuals of the like. Furthermore, the designed purpose of self-sufficiency shall include green building practices, solar panel, renewable energy production and consumption, small scale farming, etc. The end goal would be the near complete self-sufficiency of the community as well as its inhabitants.
Our community wishes to conserve natural resources for present and future generations while striving to continually improve ecological awareness and practice. We furthermore wish to create processes for group communication and participation and provide an environment which supports people’s development.

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2015
  • Start Living Together: 2015
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Mailing Address:
    #1 Unknown Yet Ln.
    Springfield, Alabama, 65810
    United States
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Transition Town or Eco-Neighborhood (focused on energy/resource resiliency)
  • 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, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have undeveloped land
  • Area: 15 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Current Number of Residences: 0
  • Planned number of residences: 10
  • Planned Residence Types: Single-family homes, Tiny house, Natural built structues, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 41-49%
  • Percent Men: 51-60%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Please contact us through email or visit during the scheduled classes or festivals.

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    The membership process can be discussed through communication both direct and indirect. Members of the community have a specific skill, talent and/or trade to add to the community’s general goals. Construction trades, medical, farming and crafts are the bulk.

Government

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

Economics

  • Join Fee: $2000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $200
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 20
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Wiccan, Quaker, Unitarian Universalist, Paganism or Earth Religions
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Keywords

Sustainability, Self-sufficient, renewable resources, individual, community, timber, stone, solar