Saturday, November 19 at 12:00 PM, at
Conservation Development LLC – Lise Thompson
626 Montgomery Road, Hillsborough, NJ (map)
Successful EcoVillages are built by people who understand what cooperative living is all about. Our coach in setting up an EcoVillage in NJ, the EcoVillagers Alliance, recommends that we form small, local “Study Groups” to discuss readings, and begin to bond with one another. Study groups meet between sessions, and report on their learnings at the larger Meetups. Continue reading
We are a new Real Estate Investment Cooperative (REIC) seeking to organize, incubate, and invest in shared-equity, cooperatively-owned neighborhoods across the United States, beginning with a 2017 phase focused on Mid-Atlantic cities.
Before building ecovillages, we are building an investment and solidarity network. Continue reading
As described elsewhere on this site, we have embraced a new approach to creating ecovillages in New Jersey, a cooperative proposal being led by a group of longtime activists and experts called the Ecovillagers Alliance. This post provides some of the key background documents on the Alliance, and invites your participation in founding the “mother” Ecovillagers Cooperative that will in turn give rise to, and nurture, the local community co-ops that will be started in each region.
Ecovillagers introduction video: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B21eIS8N1kq7ejFvUE5qS2Rsb2c
Updated flyer: KelloggHouseVisitOct22-16.
This month’s Ecovillage Meetup, on October 22, will feature a visit to “Half-Moon House,” the energy-efficient and Earth-friendly house designed and built by architect Chris Kellogg and his wife, artist Helen Carr. The house is located at 3 Walnut Street in Madison, NJ and the Meetup will take place between noon and 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 22, 2016. You can let us know that you’re coming at http://www.meetup.com/EcoVillage-New-Jersey-Meetup/.
It may be helpful to anyone interested in becoming a member of Ecovillage New Jersey to get a brief sense of the group’s history, current status, and intended future.
Over the past few years, two key groups became interested in creating a network of ecovillages in New Jersey and/or Eastern Pennsylvania.
- Steve Welzer, the founder of the EcovillageNJ Meetup group, had been working to create an ecovillage at Delane Lipka’s Mt. Eden Retreat.
- Following Delane’s unexpected death, and because Delane’s heirs were not supportive of the project, the Mt. Eden site was no longer feasible.
- However, Steve continued to host Meetups.
Over the past several months we’ve been exploring a new approach to “ecovillaging,” founded on a sustainability-based cooperative model developed by Joel Rothschild and the Ecovillagers Alliance.
Steve Welzer had reached out to Katie McCamant to find the closest “graduate” of the 500 Cohousing Communities program, and this turned out to be Joel, who is that and a lot more as well. He is part of a wider Ecovillagers Alliance, and has a more comprehensive view of the process than we had conceived of before, one which effectively seeks to build a committed, well-informed, and fully-democractic community before identifying a suitable project. And by a “suitable project,” he believes strongly that this should be not be a “greenfield” ecovillage but one that reuses and revitalizes workable urban neighborhoods. And our goal should be to transform the wider community by demonstrating the power of the cooperative business model and engaging local residents and their neighbors to be part of this New Cooperative Movement.
As of this writing, the account contains $6,028.51, representing donations from members (of the Central/Northern NJ Ecovillage Meetup) and a small amount of interest from our credit union account. There have been no withdrawals so far, though these amounts are owed:
- Steve is owed $270 for 18 months of the Meetup subscription, which is currently $15 a month, since March 2015, when the bank account was opened.
- CRCS is entitled to a 5% fee for overhead ($301.43 as of September 2016)
- $130 of the money donated was targeted for support of the Ecovillagers Co-op
- Mara is owed $25 for paying the meeting fee at the library in September
Of course there is also a great deal of time and effort which is not accounted for financially, including an extensive search for suitable properties, site visits, and the extended negotiations for a property in Andover Township.
A sub-group of our project has started holding its own Meetup gatherings in South Jersey. The next one is scheduled for June 18.
Bill Reed, distinguished architect and global thought leader on regenerative design, will hold a workshop at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 1 to 5 p.m. Click here to download PDF flyer.