Formed: 1989 Established: 1994
This page last updated:4/23/2013
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Emerald Earth is a 17-year-old intentional community in rural Mendocino County. We have 189 acres of mixed redwood and hardwood forest; open, south-facing meadows with majestic oaks; two springs; a pond; and a seasonal creek. The land is held in trust by a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Our values include sustainable living, simplicity, social and environmental justice, and reverence for the Earth and all living things. Our mission is to develop and demonstrate a model of living in harmony with the land and with each other. The original founding group was and is committed to developing our spiritual connection to the Earth through ritual, song, and seasonal celebrations.
We teach short workshops and longer professional trainings in natural building (including cob, strawbale, slipstraw, round pole framing, adobe floors, natural plasters, etc.) and permaculture. We are developing the infrastructure for 20 permanent residents plus guests, interns, and students. We use natural materials and our own labor to keep costs and environmental impact low. We are off grid, with solar and hydro-electricity, a cell phone, and satellite internet. We share meals, meet, and socialize in a small common house that we hope to replace with a larger one in a sunnier location. Each family or individual will have a small private cabin (five have been completed). We're also working on gardens, permaculture food forest, nursery, more ponds, etc.
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This page last updated:4/23/2013
Visitor Process: For more information or to arrange a visit, please send a letter describing your background and interests and the reason for your interest in visiting. Ideally, give us a couple of weeks notice so we can find a time that works for us and you. When visiting for the first time, consider coming to a work party (see our website for dates).
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
No Answer Provided
Members(adults and children):
(seasonal work traders and apprentices)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(It has been challenging for some people to succeed here if they need to pay off debt.)
(20+ hours per week including cooking, cleaning, meetings, and work projects)
($10000 per adult member, payable over time)
(monthly fees for residence, food, fuel, phone and other expenses)
Land and Buildings
189 acres (76.5 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Another form of Non-profit
(Emerald Earth Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non-profit controlled by community members)
Number of Residences:
(5 completed small natural homes (straw bale, cob, slipstraw, etc.) plus 1 more under construction. Other members live in trailers and a canvas dome.)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(most of our vegetables, and increasing fruits. Also eggs and occaional meat from chickens, and experiements with grain and dry bean production.)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(Fresh foods, locally grown, including quality animal products (milk, meat, eggs))
Common Spiritual Practices:
(We share values around honoring the sacredness of the Earth and all beings.)
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
(Currently our 2 awesome kids are homeschooled and we coordinate events with about 10 other homeschool kids in the wider community)
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