Formed: 2010 Established: 2012
This page last updated:1/13/2013
Living Energy Farm
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The Mission Statement of Living Energy Farm
The Living Energy Farm is a project to build a community, education center, and farm that demonstrates that a fulfilling life is possible without the use of any fossil fuel. Our mission is to serve as an example and actively promote lifestyles and technologies that are truly sustainable, and to make these sustainable technologies accessible to all persons regardless of their income or social position.
Living Energy Farm is a project to build an environmental education center in Louisa County Virginia. Employing both very old and new technologies, LEF will be a zero fossil fuel school and community. It will demonstrate that it is possible to live a healthy joyful life without the use of any fossil fuel. LEF will be a self-sufficient farm that will host youth interns in an educational program covering diverse areas of modern sustainable living, including organic gardening and orcharding, the use of draft animals, green building with low-tech and local materials, solar water and space heating, solar electricity, woodgas, biogas, composting toilets, greywater systems, bicycle repair, and other subjects. Most importantly, LEF will teach youth about the importance of sustainable technology in context, about when and where such technologies are effective and when they are not. The most powerful sustainable “technology” we will employ is cooperative housing in an income-sharing community. We will foster a lively community culture that will be an eye-opener for many modern youth. Though we will use some modern machines (such as solar electricity for pumping water), we will not have a general accessibility to electric power. We will pro-actively build a homemade positive social culture without electronic escapism.
This page last updated:1/13/2013
Visitor Process: You must write us in advance if you want to visit. If you drop in unannounced, we will send you away.
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.
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By majority rule
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
100% income sharing
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
Land and Buildings
127 acres (51.4 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Number of Residences:
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
There are some dietary restrictions
Common Spiritual Practices:
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