Formed: 1993 Established: 1994
This page last updated:5/11/2013
Zephyr Valley Community Co-op
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Zephyr Valley Community Cooperative is a rural housing community. Five adult members and one kid live here on 500 acres of stunningly beautiful land in the hill country of southeast Minnesota. Decisions about the land and community are made by consensus, all other decisions are individual ones.
The land, bought by the Coop in 1994, has hundreds of acres of restored wetlands, pastures, woodland, bluff lands, high grass meadows, ponds, creeks and a trout stream. It's a great place for children to grow up with an intimate knowledge of the natural world.
50 acres of land are farmed organically, currently in pasture & prairie flower plantings. Six of these acres are available for a vegetable farmer and include water & a 60' * 16' greenhouse.
There are six individual homes and one under construction, available for sale. We have two barns and several outbuildings. Currently one house is vacant & available for rent.
We have a community center (for community meals, parties, meetings, guests, etc.) as well as a spring-fed swimming pond, a soccer/baseball field, and trails for walking and skiing.
Winona, Rushford, and La Crosse are all within a 30-minute drive, bringing you five college campuses, an arts community, and a family-friendly environment.
This is a wonderful place to live! If you’re interested in small-scale, organic farming or just in living in a rural community, send us an email.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:5/11/2013
Visitor Process: Contact Zephyr in advance by letter or email, letting us know something about yourself and your interest in intentional communities. We need several weeks’ notice in order to make arrangements for someone to show you around
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
(Occasional community work parties)
($10,000 per adult - Partial financing possible)
(Monthly contribution - currently $50)
Land and Buildings
500 acres (202.3 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(No smoking allowed in our community house)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Spirituality is decided by the individual)
(New homes will be added)
(Common house built in 2001. Additional homes will be built.)
Number of Units:
Seven (one under construction).
Square Feet in Common House:
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