This page last updated:6/10/2013
Ventura Urban Homestead Cooperative
((in the Ventura Avenue Neighborhood))
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Dear Friends - At last, I was able to secure the loan for my home. Now that I feel more secure, I can start looking forward to an intentional community for modest income friends.
At the core, I am currently looking for a small group who together share the vision of intentional community on the Avenue. I want to be part of an effort with friends, not the grand poobah. Yay! Community!!
A historic schoolhouse and home have come up for sale one house away from my property. They're not in great shape - but could be perfect for an intentional community!
I did complete my beautiful earthen-cob structure, and continue to get more and more of my food from the yard. The gray water system is working well. I've been working hard as ED of a non-profit, so my garden is in so-so shape.
This is the site of community cob, permaculture, mural painting, music, and graywater projects. It is in the process of morphing into an intentional urban community.
Potlucks and discussion of people seriously considering. You don't have to be committed at this point - but this is not the place for people who just want to discuss co-op theory.
A walk-through of the properties for sale, to get a good feel for the work required for re-hab.
Keep working on the funding.
A small group of co-founders to lay out the mission and purpose, legal entity, and form of decision making. We'll be laying the groundwork for a healthy start!
Additional people research, discuss, and continue to shape the vision. The plan is to purchase several adjoining houses and a community space. Housing Co-op or Home-Owners Association look like the legal entities that would fit us best. We'll also have a non-profit so we can secure money for educational efforts we do.
*The new back-to-the-land movement is urban.
*Make home ownership affordable; co-purchase.
*We don’t all need our own; we can share tools, food, cars, space, burdens, joy.
*If you get confused – just ask Nature what to do.
“Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities”
by Diana Leafe Christian**
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This is a video of the community bike shop that Rachel co-founded (the person posting this site.) She is willing to be a CO-founder of a HOUSING Collective, but not THE Founder. She's the one in the dark-blue T-shirt. No comments on the hair please! (Music by Rachel- so of course musicians welcome!)
This page last updated:6/10/2013
Visitors Not Accepted
(Sorry, I don't have band-width for putting people up. We are only at the pot-luck discussion stage.)
Visitor Process: If you're considering intentional community in Ventura, and the main ideas listed fit your desires, please drop me an e-mail so I can invite you to one of our potluck discussions. :->
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):
(We are just forming, so there really aren't "members.")
Leadership Core Group:
(Not Yet. That's what is forming now, a small group to get this of the ground - together!)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(This is about co-ownership, so members buy a share of the land. However, my current thought is some sort of rent-to-own? Let's talk.)
Land and Buildings
(Ventura has 108,000 people. This is a 1927 residential, ethnically mixed neighborhood.)
Land Owned By:
Community-controlled land trust
(TWe need to figure this one out, but an important piece is that members get equity, so that when they go, they have saved something. However - and this is important - the price of the land will not fluctuate, so that it stays available for modest income. Don't know how you do that - but that's the general idea.)
(Though some private space is important, this is not about separate houses, this is about shared houses.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, herbs, greens, chayote, beans, squash, onions, lettuce, apples, passion fruit, jerusalem artichoke, artichoke, peppers, eggplant, garlic, ginger(? still in experimental stage), strawberries)
Share Community Meals:
(Not decided yet - but at-least once a week. :->)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
(It's about caring for the planet. Also, let's do food that is healthy, and works for as many members as possible on the shared-meal days.)
(Food is an important part of how we relate to our planet. There is much tasty food grown locally in this area.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(There is no common spiritual practice, with the exception of loving kindness? OK - I think it's a good idea to have something. Let's see what the group comes up with, but I notice people without some kind of spiritul connection often turn chemical assistance - if you know what I mean. So, meditation, Buddhism, Gaia, doesn't need to be God, but it could be. Just some way to connect. Like they say -)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Other - meaning, perhaps your "connection" isn't about religion, it's just about a spiritual connection.)
(It is at once forming, and, in a location way, already pushing limits.)
N/A Using existing buildings.
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