Forming Formed: 1988 Established: 1992
This page last updated:5/7/2013
Natural Beauty Farm
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Natural Beauty Farm is committed to growing a vibrant, eclectic, harmonious, income-sharing community living on a 25-acre land trust active farm and forested property in Damascus, Virginia.
Our unique land feels rural, yet is only 1.5 miles from town and the Appalachian Trail and 10 miles from a community college in Abingdon. The property sits at 2800’ elevation with clean, clear springs, acres of woods and pasture, space for gardens, orchards, cropland, and bee yards. The farm is home to all sorts of wildlife and wild edibles. The four seasons here are mild and the bugs few with access to top-notch trout streams and hiking.
We are dedicated to developing a cooperative and sustainable lifestyle that offers a joy filled, high quality of life. Our commitment to being as self sufficient as possible leads us to take responsibility for our own food - growing an organic garden and eating as local, organic, and in-season as possible. We are primarily omnivores and strive to take responsibility for the meat we eat. Our animal husbandry businesses provides both food and income for the community. We breed and sell registered Nubian goats out of some of the top bloodlines in the world, ducks, geese, laying hens and roosters we eat. Other animals on the farm include a rescued horse; Gator, a 2 yr old gelded quarter horse and 4 dogs; Fritz - a Bulgarian Karakachan livestock guardian dog, Heidi, Resa and Jazzy -German Shepherds who work with the livestock and were trained to herd in the tending style, where they act like living fences.
We are currently sharing a house with room for 3 - 4 more. There is a second house on the property still under construction that is completely off the grid and has a working solar electrical system in place. We have various barns, sheds and coops with plans for a greenhouse or two. We estimate this land could support a close knit community of 20 - 30 adults and children.
We value individual creativity, diversity, personal responsibility, common sense and honest communications in our members. We welcome families, couples or individuals at any stage of life with the willingness to contribute to improving the lives of everyone in the community. Please email if you see the potential for a mutually beneficial relationship! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and you will get a fast response with a little more information.
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This page last updated:5/7/2013
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Fellowship for Intentional Community
:: FEC: Federation of Egalitarian Communities
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):
By majority rule
(Major community decisions need to have a concensus)
Labor and Money
100% income sharing
(100% labor related income sharing, modified sharing for other income)
(The community is supported by members working within the community)
Land and Buildings
25 acres (10.1 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
Number of Residences:
(off grid house is under construction)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Goal is to be closer to 100% as community grows)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(We grow our own meat and hunt the land)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
(Education decisions are left to the parents)
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