Create a cohousing community on the farm.
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are any of these these ideas attractive?
Stewardship – Caring for the environment and living lightly on the planet
Service – Serving each other and actively participating in support of the needs of the surrounding community
Seniors – Aging in a community that supports health, productivity, and a better social life
Families – A community that supports parents and children
Connection – Knowing and caring for your neighbors which enhances the important aspects of life -joy, health, growth, security, and compassion.
Friendship – Building connections through casual interactions and structured activities among members
Collaboration – Active listening, sharing of ideas, giving what we can, and receiving what is offered
Sharing – Develop a culture of sharing and living cheaper
Design – Designing of community BY residents FOR residents to promote interaction and relationships
Structures – Private dwellings, clustered houses, pedestrian-friendly design, common facilities
Permaculture – incorporate whole-systems thinking to the land
IF YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED, THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU MIGHT SUPPORT
An information gathering phase
Formation of a core group, and growth of the community
Education, training and skills development in areas like consensus and conflict resolution
Planning activities on how to get cohousing built
Involvement with the local City/County planners and councils
Selection of professionals: Architects, Builders, etc.
Working out the policies and procedures that will govern the community
Watching the construction