Formed: 1972 Established: 1972
This page last updated:8/28/2009
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Lothlorien Farm is a rural cooperative in the forest and lake country of eastern Ontario, founded in 1972. The incorporated co-op owns our 700 acres of land, almost all rough bush (not really a "farm”), but we do have gardens and a few fields. Our buildings include houses, workshops, and outbuildings.
Currently we are a small, loose-knit but stable group of seven resident members (currently all adults over 50 but we are open to people of all ages) in four households, as well as several non-resident members. We are linked by various long-term friendships and a love for this piece of land. Our adult children stay connected but none lives here now.
Resident members work in individual home businesses (wood-workers, weaver, artist, writer/translator) and in part-time jobs (education) in the area. Incomes are separate and
houses individually owned, while the land itself is owned collectively.
We take care of each other's animals and houses if someone is away, and generally look after each other as good friends and neighbours. We hold an annual general meeting, and have occasional potlucks and gatherings, but don't do much else together as a group.
Members are quite involved in the local community, through the volunteer fire department, community choir, library, and other activities.
We are open to inquiries from people (Canadian residents) who live within a few hours' drive, and would like to get to know us gradually through a series of short visits. There are several approved house sites that new members might build on. Costs of joining include a one-time, non-returnable membership contribution, and house construction.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Lothlorien Rural Co-op Inc
This page last updated:8/28/2009
(short visits by prior arrangement)
Visitor Process: Contact us, explain your interest, and see if a short visit makes sense. It may not be practical if you live far away. We don't have a visitor program as such; any arrangement would depend on circumstances and a good rapport established over the phone.
Fellowship for Intentional Community
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Members(adults and children):
(Formal meetings are rarely needed)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(Amount varies, depending on ability to pay, etc.)
(modest monthly or yearly fee to cover taxes, insurance, tractor, and other shared expenses)
Land and Buildings
700 acres (283.3 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(We are incorporated as a Co-operative)
Number of Residences:
(Two houses are only used seasonally)
(...but certain similarities)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(indivudual members' gardens)
Share Community Meals:
(usually spontaneous pot-lucks)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
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