Life in a small rural ecovillage can mean embracing complex choices while balancing idealism with necessity.
Kara Huntermoon of Heart-Culture Farm shares her community’s affordability strategies.
A land trust with leaseholds keeps members’ costs down while allowing a combination of autonomy and connection.
In rural Maine in the ’70s, community was everyday reality, and everyone needed help sometimes.
At Acorn, as in the larger world, the most important thing to be able to afford may be giving something away.
Cohousing is intrinsically an affordable model; here’s why and how.
Chronic illness presents challenges but also gifts of insight to a long-time communitarian.
Together—but only together—we can afford to keep publishing Communities.
A community pioneer and activist shares her stories.
Also in This Issue (Print Version Only)
· THE NEW MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE
· COMMUNITIES, POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT, AND COLLECTIVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY
In the face of huge problems, what’s an activist to do? Community provides answers.
· AFFORDABILITY AT SUNRISE RANCH
Full of shared riches, community living offers a model for a better future.
· MONEY AND SUSTAINABILITY AT GREEN VALLEY VILLAGE
Our source of money does not have to be our source of meaning.
· SELF-RELIANCE IN AND OUT OF COMMUNITY
An income-sharing community provides inspiration to an ex-member.
· MAKING COHOUSING AFFORDABLE: Strategies and Successes
Cohousing projects can—and do—take many paths to accommodate lower-income households.
· AFFORDABILITY STRATEGIES AND CONTRASTS
Oz Ragland & Wendy Willbanks Wiesner
While cohousing reduces many costs, other intentional community models often save even more.
· MAINTAINING AFFORDABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY: Saving for the Future
Doing “reserve studies” and maintaining adequate savings can ensure a group’s financial viability.
· MAKING IT NATURALLY AFFORDABLE: O.U.R. Ecovillage Breaks Regulatory Ground
When exploring true sustainability, anything worth doing is worth doing out in the open.
· CANADIAN ECOVILLAGES: Perspectives on Affordability
Three groups strive to stay accessible to a broad range of income levels.
· WORKING FOR SPRING TIME
Damanhur moves toward greater self-sufficiency in “Olio Caldo 4.”
· AFFORDABILITY FOR WHOM?
Over six decades, we’ve redefined affordability to encompass much more than finances.
· THE CHRONICALLY ILL IN COMMUNITY
· PUBLISHER'S NOTE: THE DRYER, THE CHAIN SAW, AND THE LAPTOP
· CONSENSUS AND THE BURDEN OF ADDED PROCESS: ARE THERE EASIER WAYS TO MAKE DECISIONS?: Busting the Myth That Consensus-with-Unanimity Is Good for Communities, Part III
· SO WHY DO COHOUSERS AND ECOVILLAGERS JOIN COMMUNITY?
· WITH ARMS SPREAD WIDE WITH LOVE