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Ecovillage and ownership?

 
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I have looked at some of the Ecovillage here in the navy it was communal living I was not a fan I like having my own bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and MT. Is to far north for me I don't do well with the cold. But a village that works together like a gated community kinda might be nice. By the way it seems like a lot of people see my name and have problems thinking is is really mine I even had to seen a copy of my dl to Facebook
 
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This is an interesting one, Ive been thinking about starting my own eco-village, but laid-back you know...no rush but at the same time there is always hardwork to be done. But with what has been happenning, not just this year, humans have the need to be self sustainble, the more the better.

Returning to the lands will be very appealing in the future, why not start now?!?
 
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Hi all, I'm the original poster of this topic and saw there has been some activity. I enjoy reading about everyone's ideas! It's been three years since I created this thread and our ideas have evolved a bit over that time. The original idea still resonates with us (my husband and I), but the things that are posted here by others are too ambitious for people like us. That doesn't take away that I still admire it, though.

We actually moved to France end of 2019 to rent somewhere and realised it really wasn't the country for us. We just don't fit in with the more conservative traditions and principles. Our ideas about giving birth, education, attitudes around raising children, etc. are very different. For us these things are quite big topics, as we plan on having more children and we also plan on sending our one-year-old son to school in the future, because we don't think homeschooling is a good idea as foreigners who aren't native speakers of the local language. When you're already a newcomer in a country, you feel vulnerable by default. If you then also have to deal with a mindset that goes against the current, it really won't help you feel at home in a country. So that's what made us leave France.

The corona crisis has been tough, but it also led to some new insights. We think Sweden is best for us (ironically maybe not so much from a corona perspective!). We already travelled quite a bit and we've seen a lot there before we had our son. Sweden really has a special place in our heart. We will fit in much better there. It's still going to be a journey with challenges, but we're committed. Moving abroad is never easy.

As for the eco village aspect, we're currently looking at properties that include variable plots of land. Some have a lot more land than others, but they all have different pros and cons we need to balance, though having more land would be such a nice bonus. If we can get a certain amount, we could have another person/couple/family on the land, maybe two at most. We would be open to a potential sale of part of our land if this can be arranged in such a way that the other party can still reside there. But we need to figure out exactly how this works in Sweden. From what I currently know this would need to be a smaller outbuilding like a homemade cabin (not officially seen as a house). This is the most we will ever do, and completely casual. No formal meetings schedules or management. Just all following our own plan. We personally don't have the mental capacity or energy to take on anything greater. And honestly? That's all we would need for the social side. It would be great to share this adventure with some other people, but that doesn't need to be 50 other people. Raising young child(ren) takes a lot of energy, especially with a family business that we need to work on as well. And all this outside of our homecountries. So, this is where we're currently at!
 
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Hello Rosa, and everybody else reading.

By what I read in this thread, most people are interested in a more "hands-off" approach to homesteading and community, and that's exactly what we're looking to start in the northern regions of Spain (Asturias and Cantabria)

The community would be structured in such a way that each "unit" or "family" would purchase and own their own plot of land (however big or small they want) in a rural area that has "spread out" properties and land, together forming an aggregate of like-minded people living together creating a community (but not in the sense of communal sharing)

Here below is the website, if this sounds interesting at all to any of you, please get in touch with us!

https://www.homestead.community/

If you use telegram and want to chat with us, here's a link: https://t.me/homesteadcommunity
 
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I have this exact model working now, each person owns there portion. Buy or sell with cooperative living with neighbors, great model. Write with questions, tom
 
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Xaloc - I replied to your pm
Tom - where are you? Do you have any space for new members?

Thanks
 
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Emma, there's a link to our chat and our email on our website....

@Thomas, can you provide us with any further info/links to your project/operation?
 
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I don't have telegram. Please reply to my message and we can arrange a time to chat?
 
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Yes emma there is space, currently in new Mexico, Mexico or arizona.
 
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Thanks Tom. A bit far for me, I need to stay in Europe.
Thanks for getting back to me though!
 
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Emma Laurence wrote:Xaloc - I replied to your pm
Tom - where are you? Do you have any space for new members?

Thanks



Yes space for new members
www.unityonesolutions.org
 
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Rosa.  Check here www.unityonesolutions.org
 
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xaloc franco wrote:Emma, there's a link to our chat and our email on our website....

@Thomas, can you provide us with any further info/links to your project/operation?




www.unityonesolutions.org.  Please check this site
 
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Nizarah Dragon wrote:Hello
I have looked at some of the Ecovillage here in the navy it was communal living I was not a fan I like having my own bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and MT. Is to far north for me I don't do well with the cold. But a village that works together like a gated community kinda might be nice. By the way it seems like a lot of people see my name and have problems thinking is is really mine I even had to seen a copy of my dl to Facebook



Unityonesolutions.org
 
                    
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Fast forward 4 years. I like these quotes and would like to add one.  “We are blessed with this opportunity to create a community based on shared ideals. What can we do to best feed and protect our land?”

The outcome of both of these questions is static while the questions are variables.  
 
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Shannon Lawrence wrote:This is an old thread, just wondering if anyone has made a go of it?!



And I would be interested in anyone still looking for something like buying adjacent farms, or a big plot of land, for an "ecovillage" with more than one bathroom
We're currently on a scope tour through Europe. Spain would probably be the place to settle down in the end.  
 
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Benjamin Dinkel wrote:

Shannon Lawrence wrote:This is an old thread, just wondering if anyone has made a go of it?!



And I would be interested in anyone still looking for something like buying adjacent farms, or a big plot of land, for an "ecovillage" with more than one bathroom
We're currently on a scope tour through Europe. Spain would probably be the place to settle down in the end.  



Hi Benjamin.  Writing you from Spain.
I would like to know more 🍀
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Hi. I read (not everything) this thread because the subject Eco-villages interests me. I understand the topic starter and first comments were about buying and owning land (farm land) next to/close by likeminded people, but not living close to each other like in Eco-villages in general.
Probably the general idea of Eco-villages is formed by the organisation named GEN, the Global Ecovillage Network ( https://gen-europe.org/ ). There's a definition for what's called an Eco-village and what isn't. But still all Eco-villages are different.

I see one big disadvantage in the idea of buying some pieces of land close to each other to form some kind of Eco-village: this is only possible for people with money. A piece of land (with a house on it, or with permission to build) in most European countries is not cheap! And then you need more money to build or renovate the house, to start your farming/gardening, etc. You can not get a loan/mortgage for it. If this plan succeeds and an Eco-village is formed this way, this will be a somewhat onesided community. There will only be people who can afford it. Or do I see that wrong?

Until not-so-long-ago I thought I would never be able to buy anything (land, property, house). But now my mother died and her house will be sold. (it's in a town where houses are sold at high prices). So I'll inherit my part (we are three siblings). That will be enough to have my own tiny house (I know someone who builds them), if that will be on land that's shared by an eco-community. And ... is it serendipity? ... there seem to be more people in my region who want the same ... Would it be possible???

I am interested to live in an Eco-village. I don't need to own the land. I will be glad to do the gardening together with others who live there, to grow our own food, and to do more for the 'community'. But I do not want to live in a community where everything is shared. I need my own living space (tiny house). Especially I do NOT want to live in a community where is so-called 'free love', or where there's a lot of non-productive activities, or where's a certain 'religious background' (I want to be free to have my own religion).
I understand in a community it's needed to have get-togethers to talk about those activities that are done for the community (like the gardening). But I'm not interested in more get-togethers than those.
 
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