Forming Formed: 2011
This page last updated:8/17/2011
NC or VA Mountains, North Carolina,
There are no Reader Comments on this community. Add Your Comment on Eco Acres
Looking to join with three other families to buy about 40 acres in the mountains of NC. Near Black Mountain or Penland would be ideal. Also near water and recreation options would be great. It would not be important for all or any of the families to maintain their primary residence on the land. I would like to be off the grid. When we could afford it I would like to put a very nice outhouse, fire pit and 4 yurts on the property. A very nice bath house and sauna would be nice, too. Also, a stage and stump seating could be added. I would like to use the land for the enjoyment of the 4 families but also to generate revenue through offering accommodations, unique experiences, therapeutic/ educational, artistic and team building workshops, outdoor theater, and more. It would be a place where 4 families could cooperate to create a very unique and special place to share and create.
My husband and I have a varied educational background including MA degrees in Conflict Resolution, Education, and Liberal Studies and BA degrees in Fine Arts, and German Area Studies and Assoc. Degree in Photography Spanish and a Women's Studies minor. He runs a production company (photography and video) and I am mainly focused on raising our 2 and 3 yr old boys. (We hope to adopt 2 children from the Foster System in the future, as well). I would like to put lots of time and energy into Eco Acres to make it something special, and to use our skills in innovative ways. I would like to bring what can to the table and join with others to build a community that has a core but is open to sharing with the larger world.
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:8/17/2011
(Visitors are welcome in the planning, building, and for the on going life of the community. Our Core Members will be very open to visitors. Visitors and guests will be the life of our community and will be considered part of our community while they are with us.)
Visitor Process: For now, they should help us look for an ideal 20 acre plot of land and meet us out there to discuss possibilities.
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.
Comment: community land which may or may not be anyone's primary residence
Members(adults and children):
(want 4 families (singles are fine))
(only guests and visitors)
(We will operate a business and therefore business and community decision making will have their own processes. We will agree on some guidelines, processes, and core values in the beginning that will guide us. We will keep it as simple and fair as we can.)
(It's just me now, but I don't wish to dominate.)
Leadership Core Group:
(The four families units (singles are fine) will each have equal consideration. Business decisions will have a somewhat different process but we will strive for fairness in all that we do..)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
(We hope to own the land, facilities and a business in common. Other than that families will be independent.)
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(It takes work to build something special but I want to remain flexible in what contributions of time, effort and finances are expected.)
(But, we do need land and land isn't free.)
(But, when we want to create something that requires investment we will need to find a way to do it.)
Land and Buildings
(in the mountains, near water)
20 acres (8.1 hectares)
(15 to 40 could work)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
(more or less could work)
(yurts, one per person or family unit)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(More would be awesome)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
(I would like us not to support agribiz and CFOs. I would like to try to grow what we can, buy local and organic when we can and to be conscious consumers, in general.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
There are some dietary restrictions
(big efforts to stay away from agribiz, and to make intentional choices.)
(We don't want to be extreme, but we don't want any substance abuse or poor judgement)
(Very very seldom. Once again, not be extreme but let's not support the cigarette companies or expose each other to second hand smoke or fire hazards. People who care about there own health and the health of others would be the sorts we hope to find.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
(We're Unitarian Universalists, we feel that we should all be free and encouraged to find meaning in our lives. As long as fear tactics and oppression are not used, we embrace all spiritual practices and faith traditions.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(We don't want to isolate ourselves or to conform. Families can make their own choices but I would like to start mine out with home schooling, and lots of fun/ social activities.)
Become an Editor
Current editor(s): DonyaL
We encourage comments from those who have first hand experience with a community so that others may benefit from your experience. Please share information you think will be useful to other users of this site, in a clear, concise, and polite manner. Each community can choose to display all comments, display selected comments, or not to display comments (more info). Communities will be shown email addresses of those who comment so that they might communicate with you if they choose.
We reserve the right to edit or delete any comment.
You must be logged in to add a comment. Login here or if you have not yet registered on our site Register here.
More Info on Display Options
Communities can choose one of three options for how reader comments are displayed.
- Display all reader comments.
- Do not display any reader comments.
- Display only comments selected by the community (this is the default value).
Communities may have a variety of reasons for choosing these options so we encourage you to not be quick to judge.