We’ve had separate groups meeting in the north/central part of the state (Ecovillage New Jersey) and the southern part of the state (Ecovillage South Jersey). Every once in a while we should all get together to socialize, exchange notes, learn new things, and have some fun!
For the June 4, 2017 3 p.m. Meetup we’ve selected a location halfway between Bergen County (way up north) and Cape May County (way down south) — the beautiful Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center in Ocean County:
431 US Hwy. 9 at Church Lane, Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734-0246
Several months ago we hosted New Jerseyan Joshua Gottdenker on a Skype call about Tamera Ecovillage in Portugal.
Tamera is a School and Research Station for Realistic Utopia
The project was founded in Germany in 1978. In 1995 it moved to Portugal. Today 170 people live and work on a property of 330 acres.
Joshua wrote us recently:
Greetings NJ Ecovillage friends!
I’d like to personally invite you and your network(s) to join our upcoming courses:
More info about the September course is here:
We’re organizing carpools for this and future Meetups. Sign up through our Ridesharing / Carpool form.
Rickey Farm, 442 NJ 94, Vernon, NJ
We’ll be touring Rickey Farm and envisioning the property as an EcoVillage at our April 30 Meetup.
The place has gorgeous views of Vernon Valley and phenomenal potential for sustainable homes and structures, agriculture, businesses, festivals — whatever we can imagine! (For more information on the farm, click here.)
Seriously, this MAY BE our 1st EcoVillage!
Rickey Farm visit April 9, 2017
- 10 a.m.: Optional Pre-Session (see below)
- 12 Noon: Potluck (and intro for new guests)
- 1 p.m.: Main Program (including farm tour, weather permitting)
- 4-5 p.m.: Optional Post-Session Networking
NEW !! We’re testing out a new element to our Meetup format: an optional pre-session where we learn by doing a useful regenerative project. If you come at 10 am on April 30, you can help create a Back to Eden Garden — a “no-dig” type of farming that restores the soil over time. Dress appropriately, of course!
Paul Gautschi, Back to Eden Garden
At noon we’ll have our traditional PotLuck.
Bring a dish and/or something to drink. If this is your first Meetup with us, please come at noon; we want to know what you’re passionate about, and we’ll share the EcoVillage NJ story. We’ll also connect you with other members.
EcovillageNJ Members & Guests at Lise Thompson’s barn in Hillsborough, March 25, 2017
Save the Date — Sunday, April 30 EVNJ Meetup at Rickey Farm in Vernon. Sign up and RSVP at our Meetup site.
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What We’ve Accomplished So Far… and What You Can Do
We have more than 600 subscribers on our mailing list, including folks interested in rural, urban, and town/suburban ecovillage locations. We’ve worked through a lot of issues, partnered with the Ecovillagers Alliance, put in an offer on a property, and organized educational monthly events for more than two years — with a several dozen people attending each event. Now, we’re asking you to join us in making this dream a reality.
We’re organizing into Functional and Location Action Circles. Continue reading
Details to follow.
If you’d like to visit the farm before the meeting, please email [email protected]. We’re planning a visit on Sunday, April 9, at 2 p.m. The address is 442 NJ-94, Vernon Township, NJ 07462.
We have a special guest joining us at the March 25 Ecovillage New Jersey Meeting in Hillsborough.
Tobias A. Fox is the Managing Director of Science and Sustainability Newark, a grass roots organization implements various initiatives to increase awareness of environmental issues through educational programs and hands-on training. We strive to assist with the creation of self-sustaining communities by developing pathways for green jobs that contribute to self-sufficiency and community empowerment. We are achieving this by partnering with residents, community-based organizations and stakeholders, including local businesses
He will be talking about how to grow an urban Ecovillage that involves the neighborhood residents. www.sasglocal.com
Please RSVP here. Thanks.
Plug In to our New Organization Structure!
We promised you that 2017 would be a year of action, and we’re delivering — through your commitment and involvement!
This month we’ll flesh out our organization structure.
We use “circles” as the basis for decision-making. We already have three location circles – urban, town/suburban, and rural. Each has begun to research potential sites for an Ecovillage. Where do you dream of living? Join that circle!
This month we’re creating three functional circles: People, Place and Prosperity. These three high-level circles will be further divided into circles (teams) to study and make recommendations that will lead to multiple NJ Ecovillages (e.g., Site Selection, Membership/Fundraising, Marketing/Outreach, Education, Budgeting/Finance, etc.).
Do you want to live in an Ecovillage? Then you must help us build one. Where do you want to live? In a city, town, suburb. or in a rural setting?
Join us next week as we plan for our new homes together in cooperation and harmony with nature. We will be researching suitable locations, local real estate and zoning laws, and laws restricting the arrangements, technologies, and activities we expect to have in our village. We will also do outreach to the community, and align with existing organizations and cooperatives. Help us make Ecovillages a reality in the Garden State!
Urban Action Circle
Monday March 6, at 7 PM
The Home of Larry White
100 Huguenot Ave. Apt. 6 B
Englewood NJ (Exit 71 on the Turnpike, Grand Ave. on Rt. 4)
RSVP by phone please!
Town/Suburb Action Circle
Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
The Home of Fran Schultz
280 Main Street Little Falls, NJ
If you are new to the group or just checking us out come anyway. For any newcomers to this group, be sure to park in a visitor parking space, when you come in my building there is a buzzer panel to the left of the door. If that doesn’t work for some reason call my cell (973-803-2896) Please RSVP to let me know if you plan on coming.
Rural Action Circle
Wednesday, March 8, at 7 PM
The Home of Victoria Zelin and Jonathan Cloud
8 Revere Dr., Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
[Note: Use “Bedminster” in Google Maps, because we’re right on the town line]
908-581-8418 or 908-507-3150
We’ll be talking about everything related to building an ecovillage, growing food, creating a co-op, and supporting other enterprises, specifically focused on the sites we’ve recently been discussing. If you would like to attend, but can’t be here in person, you can call in via Skype (just let us know if that’s your preference). Please RSVP to [email protected]. Thanks
Have we got a Meetup for you!
Sunday, February 19 — Noon to 4:00pm
794 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
After our traditional noon to 1 pm pot luck lunch, we will have Jack Carman, President of Design for Generations LLC, a landscape architect with over 20 years of experience in the analysis, planning, design and management of outdoor spaces. The goal of Jack’s designs for permaculture gardens and natural areas is to meet the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of elders. His experience could be readily applicable within the ecovillage context. Jack recently visited the Ecovillage at Ithaca and is very supportive of the concept.
There’s been some interest in the idea of locating one of our New Jersey ecovillage communities in the Princeton area. So we’ve scheduled our next Meetup there — right down the block from where Albert Einstein used to live!
Sunday, February 19 — Noon to 4:00pm
794 Alexander Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
More details to come, but RSVP today at Meetup.com/Ecovillage-New-Jersey-Meetup.