A wrap-around porch will accommodate outside seating when completed. </li></li></ul><li>Community House Details<br /><ul><li>Whole tree construction using ‘round wood’ taken from the property.
100 yr. old barn beams and other recycled materials designed into a pole framed structure.
Designed and built as a strawbale building. The plaster failed and the walls were re-constructed using ‘stick framing’ and recycled cellulose insulation.
Plans include incorporating-water catchment, solar hot water heat and PV Panels.</li></li></ul><li>We Live & Learn <br />Compost Happens . . .<br />And We Try Again – Possible is Better than Perfect!<br />
Thoughts on How it Could Look<br /><ul><li>Membership
Spirit</li></li></ul><li>How We Grow Together <br />
Some Membership Options<br />Most people are full time Residential Members.<br />Others are transitioning to the farm, and are full time Associate Members.<br />At the beginning, everyone is a Provisional Member to get to know each other.<br />People that do not want the country life, but want to be involved, can become a Support Member (i.e., someone involved in a cooperative business).<br />
Decision Making/ Group Process<br />Ideas we like~ <br />We believe that everyone deserves to have a voice in the process of community. <br />We would like to have regular meetings run with a modified consensus model (consensus minus 1). <br />We would like to have twice monthly business meetings.<br />We would like to have monthly visioning meetings. <br />
Greenhouses and four season food production</li></ul>We would like to grow most of the communities<br /> food on the land.<br />We would like to employ canning, preserving and<br /> drying to eat wholesome foods year round.<br />
Cooperative Businesses<br /><ul><li>We envision diverse enterprises on the land.
Businesses could be owned by a few members or Community owned.
Some ideas we have~</li></li></ul><li>Even Working Together Can Be Fun<br />
Housing<br />We envision different options ranging from –<br />Green built cabins scattered around the property with a shared dining facility<br />Alarge central dormitory style building. <br />Yurts and other 3 season housing that people can live in while building more permanent structures<br />Lots of ‘common spaces’ throughout the community (i.e., libraries, music space, entertainment areas, workshops, meeting spaces, etc.) <br />One of the important things for us is that the community is designed for people to ‘run into’ one another during the course of our daily lives (while ensuring private space for individuals also).<br />
What will be the expectations for member contributions (both physically and monetarily) to the community?
Will there be work and enterprises that community members can support themselves with in the community?</li></li></ul><li>It’s Easy to Have Fun When Your Friends are Your Neighbors!<br />
Culture<br /><ul><li>An agreed on code of ethics:</li></ul>Non-violent, egalitarian, accepting of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races and ethnicities.<br /><ul><li>Goals:</li></ul> - To be joyous in our shared endeavors. <br /> - To strive to be:<br />Collaborative, respectful, open minded, helpful, communicative, progressive, and feminist. <br />- To pursue an environmental ethic, loving kindness, willingness to work through conflicts, sharing of knowledge & skills, inclusive socializing, tolerance of differences, practicing generosity, forgiveness & abundance consciousness.<br />- Most importantly to have the simple willingness to keep trying. <br />
Spirit in Community<br />~ Connecting in our common respect for the Earth and the cycles and seasons of the land.<br />~ Finding the Sacred in each other and ourselves.<br />