July 29 Visit to the Threefold Community

Join us on Sunday, July 29, 2018 for a very special visit to the Threefold Community in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

And save the date of August 18 for our summer extravaganza celebration & fundraiser…*

Located on 140 wooded acres, the Threefold Educational Center is at the heart of a community of programs and institutions that teach and promote forward-thinking practices in education, agriculture, the arts, spirituality, and social life. The surrounding complex includes Green Meadow Waldorf School (400 students, grades K-12), the Pfeiffer Center (environmental education, biodynamic agriculture, and organic beekeeping), Eurythmy Spring Valley (movement art), Sunbridge Institute (Waldorf teacher education and adult anthroposophical studies), the Otto Specht School (Waldorf education for children with learning differences), the Fiber Craft Studio (healing senses and soul through work with plants and natural fibers), the Fellowship Community (home for the aged), and the Hungry Hollow Co-op Natural Foods Market.

Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Location: 260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

We’re arranging carpools for this visit. Click here to:
Let us know if you can be a driver or if you need a ride.

Chestnut Ridge, NY is just north of the border between New Jersey and New York State (it’s close to Upper Saddle River, NJ) . . . so it’s about a 40-minute drive from most points in northern NJ and about 80 minutes from most points in central NJ. Our carpools will assemble in Chestnut Ridge at noon so that we can enjoy our usual pot-luck luncheon together. Bring picnic-type food! Then we’ll tour the community and the complex between 1:00 and 4:00.

And Save the Date!

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Noon to 4 p.m.

Summer Extravaganza Celebration and Fundraiser, with Faerie Elaine Silver and other performers!

More information coming soon, so stay tuned!

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*Sunday, June 24, 2018*: The Fundamentals of Cohousing

with Lynne Molnar

Lynne Molnar resided for several years at Cornerstone Village Cohousing in Cambridge, MA. Now she’s a New Jerseyan who has aspirations to coordinate a project in Mercer County to build something similar. Her presentation to our group on June 23 will cover the fundamentals of cohousing and relate what she learned living at Cornerstone.

We’ll be hosted by Marc Laurano, who was the featured speaker at our March Meetup. He lives most of the year at Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland, but when he’s stateside he does what he can to show support for projects like our own.

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Noon to 4:00 PM
16 S. 2nd Avenue · Highland Park, NJ

We’ll begin with a potluck luncheon at Noon, as usual. Please bring a dish to share and, this time . . . bring along a friend!

RSVP

If you can’t make it in person, join us via Zoom from 1-3 p.m. at https://zoom.us/j/8283857296

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A Co-Living Opportunity Near the Jersey Shore

A member of our Meetup group, Elly Faden, would like to establish a sharing community by purchasing a number of houses close to Raritan Bay. There are three co-joined properties in Hazlet that back to a park and could become a cohousing center.

Elly lives there now and will host our next Meetup so that we can see the properties and discuss the possibilities.

Sunday, May 20, Noon-4 p.m.
12 5th Street, Hazlet Township, NJ 07734

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As usual we’ll start off with a potluck luncheon beginning at Noon. Please bring a dish to share. Elly will walk us around the neighborhood and then lead the discussion starting at 1:00.

For more information contact: [email protected] / 415-342-1553

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Tour the World’s First Hydrogen House on April 29

Renewable energy expert Mike Strizki has invited our group to tour his innovative Hydrogen House.

Mike Strizki and his home’s hydrogen fuel cell

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018
Noon-4 p.m.
Location: 26 Snydertown Rd, Hopewell, New Jersey 08525
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Hydrogen is the element that fuels the Sun. Mike has retrofitted his home in Hopewell to convert solar energy into hydrogen gas. The gas provides clean electricity by way of hydrogen fuel cells and can be stored indefinitely. He even runs his fuel cell car with the hydrogen his home system produces for free! Unlike fossil fuels that release CO2 and other emissions when burned, Strizki’s clean energy systems require no oil or gas wells to be drilled and emit only chemically pure water and oxygen.

http://www.hydrogenhouseproject.org/index.html

As usual, on April 29 we’ll start at Noon with a pot-luck luncheon; please bring a dish to share. The house tour will begin at 1:00.

Mike Strizki served as Project Engineer for over 16 years with the Office of Research and Technology in the NJ Department of Transportation where he developed renewable energy technologies. In 2000 he took a position at Millennium Cell in Eatontown, where he completed a world range record with the New Jersey Genesis electric car (a distance of over 400 miles on a single refueling).

It was in 2006 that he converted his own home to run on solar-hydrogen power, including a hydrogen vehicle fueling station. He has installed similar configurations in the homes of some of the world’s most famous celebrities.

Recently he launched a non-profit organization, the “Hydrogen House Project,” which he envisions becoming a beacon for renewable energy worldwide, conducting research and development projects with the latest in solar, hydrogen, fuel cell and other clean energy technologies. The organization will share its achievements with the world through public education, student internships, and private and public partnerships.

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Join us at the Mercer County Green Fest this Saturday!

Ecovillage New Jersey will have an informational table at the Mercer Green Fest on Saturday, March 17th between 11 and 4:

www.mercergreenfest.org

We could use some additional volunteers to help staff the table.

The Green Fest (being held this year at Rider University in Lawrenceville) will be interesting and fun, so we urge you to try to get there. If, during your time in attendance, you can spare an hour or two to sit with us behind the EVNJ table, we’d love to have some company. You can RSVP to Victoria at [email protected] or 908-507-3150, or you can just stop by on Saturday and hang around for a while! Thanks.

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Learn about Findhorn, Birthplace of the Ecovillage Movement

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM

Potluck — please bring a dish to share
Zelin / Cloud Home, 8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ
or join by Zoom videoconference (starting at 1 p.m.)
Please RSVP

And bring a friend!

The featured speaker at our March Meetup will be Marc Laurano, who’s been associated with Findhorn (an important center of the international ecovillage movement) for over thirty years. He lives there half the year and in New Jersey half the year.

Marc has been a life-long advocate of the intentional community concept. His experiences, dating back to the 1960s, make him a sage of our movement. We all could benefit from becoming well-versed in the ecovillage history in which Marc has been a participant.

The Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland now has over 400 members. The associated Findhorn Foundation houses about 40 community businesses and supports approximately 300 jobs in the local area. In 1995 it hosted a major conference, “Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities for the 21 Century,” which led to the founding of the Global Ecovillage Network (http://gen.ecovillage.org). Ever since then, Findhorn has been well-known for offering holistic education programs, including an annual ecovillage training program and permaculture workshops.

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Let’s Talk About the Resources We’ll Need to Get It Built

Join us this Sunday, Feb. 11, at noon for a potluck (please bring a dish to share). The discussions and presentations will begin at 1:00.

Location: 46 Greenwich Drive, Bergenfield, NJ 07621 ==> RSVP

Can’t make it in person this time? No worries — join us by Zoom:

Topic: Ecovillage New Jersey’s Zoom Meeting
Time: Feb 11, 2018 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/8283857296
Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,8283857296# or +16699006833,,8283857296#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 828 385 7296
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=u1Pbtt7zlz47yGS9qykUiKRAwpDNfgAh

There are a variety of types of ecovillages and cohousing communities.

Some are rural, usually including a farming component: http://ecovillageithaca.org/

Some are specifically created to be within walking distance of a town center — in order to minimize automobile usage: http://wildsagecohousing.org

There are ecovillage-type intentional neighborhoods within cities: http://laecovillage.org/ and Ecovillagers Cooperative:

Those who’ve joined the Ecovillage New Jersey Meetup have different lifestyle preferences. So it would be great, in the long run, if all the different options could be made available. That’s why our ultimate vision is to have a network of communities within New Jersey and the tri-state region — some rural, some town-based, some urban-based. And then (imagine) there could be gatherings where members of all the communities get together to socialize, share notes, celebrate events, etc.  Hopefully some of the events will be celebrations of groundbreaking for another ecovillage!

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February 11 Meetup: Investments, Deliberations, and Plans

Jane Bleeg
Photo by Mark Chamberlin

Our next Meetup will feature several reports about recent developments of interest. First of all, Jane Bleeg, Coordinator of Flower City Cohousing Community (being planned for Rochester, NY) will join us via internet to relate how their group is handling many of the same issues EVNJ is facing. Then Larry White will report on the deliberations that led to the initiation of a Founding Investors Group for our project. This has already resulted in a significant enhancement of our financial resources — such that we now can start to consider employing some of the professional help we’ll be requiring in order to move forward.

So . . . progress is being made!

Join us on February 11 to hear all about it. As usual we’ll start at Noon with a pot-luck luncheon (please bring a dish to share).

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Ecovillage Investor/Owner Organizing Meeting

Larry White has issued the following invitation to fellow EVNJ members:

Greetings fellow Ecovillagers! You are receiving this email because you have shown a strong commitment to living in an Ecovillage here in the Garden State. At our December holiday gathering, we announced a new initiative to jump start an initial Ecovillage in the Garden State. It involves working within the current Real Estate paradigm, with investors and future residents pooling money together to begin serious negotiation for a property after the investor/owner group does some preliminary work to establish the vision and parameters of the proposed community. Diversity will be achieved by establishing rental units within the community for those that don’t have the disposable income or real estate assets to invest.

The community will have the aspects of an Ecovillage that we all know and love; cooperative governance, a “green” ethos, regenerative and shared practices and structures, community rituals and activities that bind us together, outreach to the local community for residents and value added business or service, and education to help foster more Ecovillage development.

Initially, we are seeking at least 21 folks that can commit a minimum $1000 cash and a promissory note stating that they have an additional $24,000 in liquid assets that they can commit to a down payment on a property that the group agrees to pursue. That gives us $21,000 for legal/RE expenses in creating a legal entity and finding a property, and $500,000 for a down payment. Legal documents will be drawn up, and the investment group will include a way to come in or out without penalties. There will be risk involved, and there will also be an ROI for folks who want to invest but not live in the community. No one will be forced to invest in a community that they are not aligned with as an investor or resident. No significant funds will be spent without group approval, and the necessary ground work of vision and mission statements will precede any legal engagement beyond advice and the initial document binding investors to the project.

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The Role of Ecovillages in (Avoiding) the Coming Global Collapse

In “What Will It Really Take to Avoid Collapse?,” Jeremy Lent writes:

[In November 2017] more than 15,000 scientists from 184 countries issued a dire warning to humanity. Because of our overconsumption of the world’s resources, they declared, we are facing “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss.” They warned that time is running out: “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory.”

This is not the first such notice. Twenty-five years ago, in 1992, 1,700 scientists (including the majority of living Nobel laureates) sent a similarly worded warning to governmental leaders around the world. In ringing tones, they called for a recognition of the Earth’s fragility and a new ethic arising from the realization that “we all have but one lifeboat.”

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