Forming Formed: 2010 Established: 2010
This page last updated:7/4/2011
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Michigan EcoVillage is identifying founders, Board Members and residential members for the establishment of dual urban and rural EcoVillages in Flint and Detroit, Michigan. We are planning to start investments in land and housing in 2011, and are currently establishing businesses and cottage industries which will provide employment opportunities for EcoVillage members.
The core commitment of the EcoVillages is that members are known, loved and supported; physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Therefore, full employment of members in meaningful work is a fundamental characteristic of the community.
The Flint and Detroit Urban EcoVillages will be located within the cities proper, and will affiliate with their sister Rural EcoVillages as an economic off-take partner. Primary economic activities will include businesses related to food, including restaurants and grocery stores selling produce from the rural communities. Other businesses will include service businesses with low start-up investment costs, such as childcare/early childhood education, solar thermal and solar photovoltaic installation, residential and commercial energy efficiency upgrades, building deconstruction & recycling, and pet grooming & boarding. Existing housing stock will be retrofitted as net-zero energy residences for the members of the urban communities. An opportunity will be to partner with local Community Development Corporations, to cooperate on local housing re-development projects.
Primary economic activities of the rural communities will include agricultural businesses related to food production, processing and distribution, including community-supported agriculture and soybean processing. Four-season food production utilizing greenhouses will support year-round cash flow for the farm teams. A key enterprise will be the establishment of a seed bank with seed and plant sales. Multi-unit residential structures primarily utilizing local materials such as straw-bale construction will be built at the Rural EcoVillages for the residents of those communities.
The intellectual property of the EcoVillage collectives is their most valuable asset. A primary activity of the EcoVillages will be the licensing of successfully demonstrated business models to other collectives, with the implementation of those licensed businesses as mechanisms for employment of EcoVillage and licensee members.
Interview with Michigan EcoVillage founder Karl Kaufman.
This page last updated:7/4/2011
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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):
Open to new members:
(Seeking 150 members for each EcoVillage.)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Partial income sharing
(10% of related business income will accrue to the EcoVillages.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(Each EcoVillage will determine the level of time and/or labor contributed by members.)
(Members will support and/or work in businesses which add value directly to the EcoVillage.)
Land and Buildings
(Linked urban & rural.)
Land Owned By:
(To Be determined by the individual EcoVillages.)
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