We are at the initial planning stage to form a commune. Our founding principles will be simplicity, cooperation, goodwill, ethics and nature conservation. We want to be self sufficient as much as possible and live in ecological houses. As there are plenty of uncultivated land in United States, we should utilize this resource and produce our own food. We may also breed chicken, goat and fish.
First we need a land area, preferably fertile, close to a water resource (if possible) and a suitable climate; because we should grow a variety of plants. It can be in the south of United States but other regions will also be considered. Any suggestions for land area welcome.
We also need members to form the community, it is better to have many members (as long as product of land area permits) because we will share the tasks and help each other. We aim self-sufficiency but at the beginning we may partially continue an external job until commune is operational. We should share the cost of land area and other initial costs.
We expect people who adopt our principles and are thinking long-term participation to contact us.
UPDATE 11/15/2011: As of November 2011, we have located two pieces of land and we plan to form two independent
community on them under "Virtue Land" project. The two lands are debt-free and owned by individual persons. Both communities will be income-sharing communities. The first land is 120 acre area in OR. Prospective members should have temporary housing and and initial finance to cover living costs until residences are built and land generates income.
The second land is a 220 acre area in central WA. Members should contribute some assets (if possible) and/or skills to the inital fund which will be used to build residences, purchase equipment etc. The owner of this land in WA wants members with simplistic lifestyles, wide range of beliefs and at the same time open and respectful to others. Moreover prospective members of both communities should comply with the ethical principles of Virtue Land project.
Those who want to join should send a brief resume, their current location, skills, work experience agriculture related skills, location preference (OR or WA if any), amount of initial finance and other info. We will form communities after reviewing prospective members' profiles backgrounds and preferences as well as landowners' considerations and preferences. We will begin hands-on work after having sufficient number of members.
If there are more people than the land can accomodate we can form another community on other area. So if you have available land you can contact us for another community
Note: The organizer of this project (writer of these lines) is outside of US because of family and visa isues
It seems I will not return US in the near future. However as I have interest in intentional
community movement I will direct the project remotely and communicate with people to find members
and form communities. But I will not be able to help in the hands-on stage in land