About fifty people, one-quarter of whom are children, live here, in twenty-three duplex and triplex units that face one another in a village-like setting. Our community members range in age from two to eighty-two and people work in a variety of ways in and out of the home.
We have among us school teachers, retirees, a stage hand, architects, social workers, health-care professionals, mothers and fathers, grandparents and great-grandparents, designers, and computer professionals. Individual interests include hiking, painting, music, bike-riding, gardening, quilting, social justice, meditation, photography, and more.
We own our individual homes and share the work of maintaining the common house, preparing shared meals, and tending the land. General meetings, where decisions are made by consensus, are held once a month. Committees — such as business, landscaping, and meals — meet as needed to attend to the work of maintaining our community.
IN PLANNING OUR COMMUNITY, WE ADOPTED THIS STATEMENT OF COMMUNITY VALUES:
Each of us comes to this group with a deep respect for both our shared values and our individual differences. We hope to take joy in our similarities and differences, support each other’s dreams and ideas, and thus strengthen the friendship that brings us together.
COMMUNITY: We value friendship, sharing, learning, health, and cooperation.
CONSENSUS: We are committed to making community decisions through a process where we have a responsibility to participate and where everyone’s voice is heard.
DIVERSITY: We seek to enrich our group by including people of diverse backgrounds, such as ethnicity, age, race, religion, creed, sexual orientation, economic status, and disability.
FAMILY: We welcome families of all shapes and sizes. We want a safe, dynamic, and nurturing place for everyone, and especially for our children.
CONSERVATION: We want a community which has low impact on the environment and energy resources and which minimizes use of toxic materials.
OPEN SPACE: We wish to maximize open space in order to have play areas, organic gardens, and to preserve and re-introduce natural areas in the city.
THE CITY: We have chosen to live in the city because we value it as a residential, economic, political, social, and cultural place.
WHO WE ARE IS A DIVERSE SET OF INDIVIDUALS WHO VALUE CONNECTING WITH ONE ANOTHER