Re-Forming Formed: 1989 Established: 2005
This page last updated:12/19/2011
Mountain Homestead is an ever-evolving fusion of community, family, friendship, work, and play. We are an off-grid homestead nestled within 400 acres of lush temperate rainforest on the south coast of Oregon. Permaculture guides landscape use decisions. Consultants Tom Ward and Toby Hemenway have guided design of drainage, erosion control, fencing, access, and gravity flow water as the framework for our developing solar bowl and food forest. We steward the land with ecological and permacultural principles in mind: producing our own solar and hydro power, collecting and reusing salvaged materials when possible, building with cob, strawbales, and lumber milled from our forest, growing food, developing an Ecoforestry business focused on restoring forest health, using gravity flow and greywater systems, heating with wood, composting our waste, and designing closed systems to minimize energy consumption and maximize yield. A Conservation Easement protects the natural values of the land in perpetuity. Our community founders, Chip and Clara Boggs, have owned the land since 1989, and created Mountain Homestead as a living, breathing model of a future worldwide “ecological culture”. We open ourselves up to the community as a learning center, providing apprenticeships, workshops, open houses, and field trip days for local schools. We also have regular visitors, both new people and old friends.
Our neighbors at the Cob Cottage Company (www.cobcottage.com) lease part of our land and are valued as fellow community members. They have held world-famous Natural Building workshops here since 2001, drawing a vibrant, international crowd of cobbers during the summer months. Learning opportunities abound, as we often
exchange help and support.
Status: We are taking a sebatical from community life for a year. Please contact us later this year
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Former/Other Names: Mountain Home, Boggs' Homestead
This page last updated:12/19/2011
Visitor Process: Visitors fully engage in our life and work. Expect to help us out on whatever we're working on during your visit. We have found even very short-term visitors to contribute greatly, thus creating a wonderful symbiotic exchange. Sometimes housing is available for visitors; otherwise, camping is great in the summer. We love advance notice for visit requests!
Fellowship for Intentional Community
:: Northwest Intentional Communities Association
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):
(no formal membership system)
(Aim for consensus, individuals take the lead on certain project/tasks)
Leadership Core Group:
Labor and Money
Partial income sharing
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(We prefer people to have financial resources when joining, not debt.)
(Apprentices are expected to work 10-35 hours/week. Staff and Core Members are on the Whatever it Takes program.)
(However, we greatly encourage prospective members to have their own independant finances.)
(not money, just labor)
Land and Buildings
365 acres (147.7 hectares)
(365 under conservation easement)
Land Owned By:
Individual community member(s)
Percentage of Food Grown:
(Working to expand perennial infrastructure and improve annual gardens.)
Share Community Meals:
Nearly all meals
(Lunch is formally eaten together, and rotationally cooked, all other meals are informal, but often shared.)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(anything goes. our main community lunches are usually vegan or have vegan options)
(We have everything inbetween Vegans and avid meat eaters.)
(An evening glass of wine is concidered civilized, a morning glass is inappropriate.)
(Smoking is restricted, but not prohibited. Smoking illegal substance on the land is not welcomed.)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(no children at present)
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