Formed: 1972 Established: 1974
This page last updated:9/25/2013
City of the Sun Foundation, Inc
Columbus, New Mexico,
(NM Hwy 11 & Altura Av)
Founded in 1972, City of the Sun is located on 156 acres in Luna County, New Mexico, adjacent to the village of Columbus. Columbus is located on Highway 11, thirty miles south of Deming (off I-10), and three miles north of Palomas, Mexico. Our goal is to live and work in mutual cooperation; to explore methods of gardening and horticulture in the desert. Our spiritual beliefs vary, all paths welcome. We have Sufi, Pagan, Christian, Native American, to name a few. We often offer workshops in the fall about bokashi and effective microorganisms. We have a designated off-grid area for alternative housing, solar energy, and composting. We have one irrigation well. Some residents use solar water distillers. Due to lack of jobs in the area, residents must be self-sufficient or very creative.
Former/Other Names: None
This page last updated:9/25/2013
(Best time is fall/winter/spring. Summers are hot!)
Visitor Process: Email or write in advance to arrange for an escort or for sponsorship to stay a bit. You may need permission from some members to visit their alternative houses. Please be prepared to camp, have an RV, or arrange a rental before you come.
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: People may either build a home or have a mobile home on their homesite
Members(adults and children):
Open to new members:
(depending on available homesites)
By majority rule
(full membership participation)
(Board of Directors guided by membership)
Leadership Core Group:
(Board of Directors, elected by the membership)
Labor and Money
Members have independent finances
Open to Members with Pre-existing Debt:
(members must be self-sufficient)
(As able and willing, we have lagoon parties to clean brush around lagoon, maintain peace park, chop tumbleweeds)
($1500 development fee)
(currently about $20 per month per member for maintenance fees)
Land and Buildings
156 acres (63.1 hectares)
Land Owned By:
Independent land trust (not controlled by the community)
(the Foundation holds the land in trust until 2072)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
(potlucks for workshops, holidays, birthdays)
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(many vegetarians and vegans, some raw-fooders)
(also many non-users. Used often by some, in the privacy of their own homes)
(also many non-smokers. No smoking in public/shared spaces)
Common Spiritual Practices:
Which Spiritual Traditions(s):
Ecumenical (includes "all religions")
(in the Light, toward the highest good, all denominations and paths welcome)
(also large new public elementary school in Columbus NM with geothermal, greenhouse)
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Current editor(s): maya, COS
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