This page last updated:3/19/2013
Spencer, West Virginia,
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Hickory Ridge Land Trust comprises 72 acres of ridge-top land and the wooded coves below, and a separate parcel of 70 acres of bottom-land several miles away.. Both are in central West Virginia near Spencer, a town of 2000. The ridge-top land is divided into four leaseholds and a common area. Two of the leaseholds are already taken by families. The remaining leaseholds have no cleared land currently; on one of them, a limited amount could be cleared for a garden and house but the land is mostly steep, with mature woods. The other one has a large old garden spot that is grown over but could be readily cleared, and there are two small buildings left behind. The bottom-land parcel has an existing house in poor condition, and a creek running through it. It's overgrown with autumn olive. We think this land could probably support two leaseholds, but have not walked the lines yet.
While we on the ridge exist as separate households, itís our intention to share some resources and trade produce. Reducing the use of fossil fuels, living in harmony with the Earth, and working for peace and social justice are values we share.
Our land has great views and nice woods, but we donít have a year-round stream. We do have wells, and average annual rainfall here is about 40 inches. We have four seasons, with a few small snowfalls in a typical winter, a long hot, humid summer, a colorful fall, and as for the Appalachian Spring, it inspired a symphony. The local area could never be described as progressive, unfortunately, and jobs are scarce. However, taxes and the cost of living are low, and building codes don't apply here.
One of our members was part of the original commune of 40 years ago; now he and his wife spend weekends here, while working in the bigger city of Charleston during the week. The second couple joined five years ago. Our ages range from 57 to 70; we hope to find new members at least a little younger. One household is grid-tied solar powered, the other is off-grid. Moving toward collective self-sufficiency is a goal, so we seek people interested in projects like bee-keeping, mushroom growing, keeping dairy goats or other animals, alternative-energy production, etc. Seeking like-minded people prepared to build their own houses and develop agricultural projects. There is a one-time $1000 join fee; after that you pay your share of the property tax a cost of gravel for the road, around $350/year.
Status: Interested in co-housing or individual home sites on land trust land.
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This page last updated:3/19/2013
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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):
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Road work, group projects)
(1000 join fee)
(your share of property tax and road gravel)
Land and Buildings
(Four miles from a town of 2000)
72 acres (29.1 hectares)
(plus the 70 acres of bottomland)
Land Owned By:
Community-controlled land trust
(Future particiants could help decide)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(We aspire to increase this. Good area for growing fruit and vegetables)
Share Community Meals:
(but we have a weekly movie night)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(None of us smoke, but this is your choice.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(One has been a Quaker / Buddhist, one is Catholic, two are non-religious but with secret pagan urges)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Eclectic, home made plus above)
(Kids did public and home school but are now grown up)
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