Come and celebrate our first Ecovillage NJ Holiday Party! We’ll start with our traditional potluck at noon — accompanied by live music — and then will convene sometime after 2 pm for news, sharing, learning and discussion. This may be the best opportunity to bring children, as we will spend a good amount of time just getting to know each other.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 — to
Zelin / Cloud Home — 8 Revere Drive, Bedminster, NJ*
Added attraction!! We’ll be privileged to be entertained by the folksinger and “Bard Insurgent” Tom Neilson. Tom won the 2016 IMA Peoples Choice “Song of the Year for Social Action” award. Combining art with activism, he’s appeared with Medea Benjamin, Amy Goodman, Cesar Chavez, Noam Chomsky, Ralph Nader, Howard Zinn and many others. Now he’ll be able to add EcoVillage New Jersey to that illustrious list!
Join us to hear our plans and participate with the EcoVillagers Alliance (EVA). EVA is a group of professionals who have developed a cooperative-based process for establishing ecovillage communities — which will be the focus of an inaugural regional EcoVillagers Cooperative (EVC) Assembly in the spring.
Important! We have a growing number of study groups that are gathering between the monthly Meetups. If you are not yet part of a study group, need to change your group or want to join one, please email or call Victoria Zelin at [email protected] or 908 507 3150.
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.
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/.
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.
We have an exciting opportunity to purchase a property in Sussex County. Members of our group who have seen it think it would be ideal for cohousing. The land backs up to a beautiful nature preserve and it’s pre-approved for multi-family zoning. We’re anticipating being able to construct a variety of residential units with pricing in the range of $175,000 to $300,000. Let us know if you’d be interested in seeing the property.
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EcoVillage New Jersey Meetup
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There are ecovillages in most states in the U.S. and in many countries around the world. Let’s create the first ecovillage in New Jersey!