March 10: Let’s Organize an Ecovillage Co-op!

Join us on Sunday, March 10, 2019 to hear about the progress being made by the Ecovillagers Alliance (EVA) toward organizing the world’s first real estate investment cooperative dedicated to establishing ecovillage cohousing neighborhoods. EVA’s unique vision is based on an exciting new model of how ecovillages can be owned and democratically governed as community land co-ops.

Sunday March 10, 2019 — Noon to 4:00pm
2 Clerico Lane, Hillsborough, NJ
RSVP Here

We’ve all wondered how we can build affordability and participation into our dream of intentional community. Joel Rothschild, a founder of EVA, will report on how the cooperative model is being applied in the development of an ecovillage neighborhood in Lancaster, PA, where he lives. Continue reading

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Feb 2, 2019: Interested in Cohousing within 20 miles of Hopewell?

This Saturday at 10 a.m. (note this is different from our regular meeting time), the Hopewell Area Cohousing group will meet at Lynne Molnar’s home in Pennington.  The purpose of this meeting is take the next steps in deciding on where near the Hopewell area to investigate property. The goal  is to form a solid group of 6-8 families/households who want to move ahead with the general model of the cohousing structure.

In addition, it will be an opportunity to discuss:

Space is limited, so please come only if you are interested in cohousing in a 20-mile radius of the Hopewell area.

Pot-luck luncheon after the meeting . . . please bring a dish to share.

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 10 a.m. to Noon
56 E. Curlis Ave · Pennington, NJ

Please RSVP

For more information contact Lynne at 617-750-1632.

 

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Let’s Visit a Cohousing Community that’s Currently Under Construction

Appleseed watercolor of Rocky Corner land & buildings

It would be of great interest to watch the development of a nearby project that has similar goals to our own. Until recently New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut were the only states in the region without an intentional community living option. But now one is being built in Connecticut:

Saturday, January 12, 2019
12:00 PM
to 4:30 PM

Welcome to Rocky Corner Cohousing

Figuring that it will be instructive for us to hear about how they’re doing it and to see their site as the construction is progressing, we’ve arranged a visit for January 12 (Jan. 19 in the case of inclement weather on the 12th). This could be the first of several such visits over the coming year or two.

Carpools will be available. Please let us know if you can be a driver or need a ride.

The schedule for the day, tentatively, will be:

  • drive to New Haven in the morning (3 hours from central NJ, 2.5 hours from northern NJ)
  • gather for lunch at a diner in New Haven at Noon
  • presentation from Rocky Corner representatives (with time for Q&A) … at the New Haven library 1:00 to 3:00
  • travel from the library to see the under-construction site of the community … 3:30 to 4:30
  • dinner together in New Haven for those who want to discuss what we’ve seen … 5:00 to 6:30
  • drive home, arriving back in NJ around 9 or 9:30

There will be a limit of 20 participants, so if you’d like to go, sign up early!

RSVP to ecovillagenj [at] gmail.com or at the Meetup event page.

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Sunday, Dec. 9: Ecovillage NJ annual holiday gathering

Do Ecovillagers Know How to Party?

If you haven’t yet been to one of our holiday gatherings, here’s what we do: We eat, then we socialize, then we eat, then we plan, then we eat, then we sing, and then we end with some eating and some socializing.

Yes, ecovillagers know how to party!

But we also know how to generate enthusiasm for our vision of a better way to live on the earth. If you have friends or family members who have vaguely heard about our movement but are desiring more in the way of specifics, please invite them to join us on December 9. Our program for the afternoon will include a number of presentations that might inspire them to get involved.

  • We’ll hear reports from representatives of the Hopewell Area Cohousing initiative (Mercer County) and the Altair Ecovillage group (Kimberton, PA).
  • We’ll start to arrange carpools for our January 12th trip to visit the under-construction Rocky Corner community in Bethany, CT.
  • Mike Bellamy will share insights from Chuck Durrett’s intensive workshop at the Regional Cohousing Summit held in Amherst, MA in September.
  • We’ll be introducing the members and mission of our new Cohousing Committee. They’ve come up with the idea of focusing on attracting owners of existing properties and/or developers who are aligned with our vision. This could be a solution to the hurdle we’ve been facing of needing to raise large sums for a property purchase down-payment. Instead, we could propose to partner with property owners who recognize that cohousing and ecovillage communities are the “coming thing:”

https://phys.org/news/2018-11-cohousing-inclusive-approach-smart-sustainable.html

After the presentations and discussions (and a break for more eating) the fun will begin. Local recording artist Kyrie London will again grace our stage. And no one will be denied the opportunity to lead the assemblage in a song or toast of holiday cheer.

Noon – 4 p.m.
8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

It’ll be a pot luck as usual, so please bring a dish to share.

‘Tis the season to eco-celebrate. Hope to see you on December 9! RSVP here.

Steve, Victoria, & Jonathan

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November 11/2018 Ecovillage Program Updated

The presenters from the People’s Institute have a conflict and can’t join us this month for their special presentation of Undoing Racism. But we anticipate that they’ll be able to do their intro session for us at a future Meetup. Toward that end, what we can do on Sunday is hold a preview discussion among ourselves around the themes of how to encourage diversity in cohousing and Undoing Racism in general. You might want to reference:

https://www.ic.org/wiki/desire-diversity-cohousing-perspective/

Additionally, we’ve added a presentation to the agenda: Steve Welzer attended the Northeast Regional Cohousing Summit in Amherst, MA in September, during which he got a chance to tour no fewer than eight communities (how lucky Massachusians are to have so many intentional community options!). He has pictures and commentary that he’ll share with us.

We’ll gather in Bloomfield (25 Yantecaw Avenue) for our Meetup on November 11, and we’ll start with a potluck luncheon at Noon, as usual. Please bring a dish to share. RSVP to https://www.meetup.com/EcoVillage-New-Jersey-Meetup/events/255399110/

See you there!

P.S. Save the date for the Ecovillage NJ Holiday Party: Sunday, December 9, 2018 (most likely in Basking Ridge).

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Being Proactive about Diversity in Cohousing

Would you like to have diversity in our group . . . but don’t know how to go about it? Are you challenged with how to deal with race issues? Have you ever wondered why there seems to be a big divide between white people and people of color?

Two trainers, Bonnie Cushing and Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price, from People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, will be giving us a two-hour taste of their Undoing Racism Workshop. The workshop illuminates how systemic racism works.

The link below features Ron Chisom, the co-founder of the Institute:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rNcnXllLdg

We’ll gather in Bloomfield (25 Yantecaw Avenue) for our Meetup on November 11, and we’ll start with a potluck luncheon at Noon, as usual. Please bring a dish to share. The program will begin at 1:00.

This nation has always reflected a rich diversity, from the innumerable multitude of indigenous cultures that inhabited and sustained this land prior to arrival of European explorers to our present composition. Yet, unequivocally, whites continue to fare significantly better than people of color. In their workshops, Bonnie and Awo analyze power and how it is used to maintain this racial divide, in hopes of achieving equity and equality across all cultures and races. Surely our intended community could benefit from multiculturalist perspectives and a variety of life experiences.

The fabric of racism is inextricably woven and constructed into the founding principles of the United States. The People’s Institute believes that effective social and institutional change happens when those who serve as agents of transformation understand the foundations of race and racism and how they continually function as a barrier to community self-determination and self-sufficiency. Join us on November 11 when we’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of their unique wisdom and inspiration.

RSVP to Mary … 973-954-0572 or [email protected] (and/or at the Meetup page).

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Hopewell Area Cohousing Group Kicks Off October 8

Lynne Molnar, one of the organizers of the Hopewell Area Cohousing initiative, former resident of Cornerstone Village Cohousing in Cambridge, MA 

EVNJ has always encouraged the idea of sub-groups forming to pursue local projects. For instance, there was a period of time when some of our folks were holding their own Meetups in the southern counties of the state.

Now a local cohousing group is forming in the Hopewell area. Their idea is to look for a parcel of land in Mercer or Hunterdon or Bucks County. They’ll be holding an informational meeting at the home of Bob and Judy Lindenberger, 5 Hopkinson Court, Titusville, NJ on Monday, October 8 at 3 pm. If you can attend, please RSVP to Judy at 609-730-1907.

The basis for their project is summarized in their Vision Statement:

Hopewell Area Co-Housing (HACH) is looking for a property near towns, stores, and a good school system to build a community of about 15-30 households. We hope to find a property to create a group of single-family homes and multifamily dwellings on varying sized lots that is surrounded by woods or nature, and situated around a village green with a common building, walking paths, and a community garden. HACH will be open to a diverse and mixed-age group of people and we are planning for a community that offers aging-in-place, is designed to be disability friendly, and we are looking for ways to include affordable housing.

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Join us at the Northeast Cohousing Summit Sept. 21-23

Some members of EVNJ will be attending the Northeast Cohousing Summit to be held in Amherst, MA Sept. 21-23 . . .

https://www.cohousing.org/ne2018

Steve Welzer is going and has room in his car. If you’d like to get a ride, email: [email protected]

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What If We Really Meant It?

Raising money to build an ecovillage in New Jersey

Kicking around some ideas for how to get folks interested in tomorrow’s incredible concert — featuring three amazing singers — we thought about Mille Bojer’s question in connection with the UN’s 2030 Agenda “Transforming Our World”: “what if we really meant it?”

That is — what if we could really raise a half million dollars to start building tomorrow’s ecological communities, right here in New Jersey? What if we looked at towns Affordable Housing obligations, and joined other nonprofits in building affordable homes for people wherever commercial developers won’t step up to the plate?
Tomorrow, at the Ecovillage NJ’s Concert, we have 3 incredible vocalists singing their hearts out for the possibility that people can live, in community, as nature intended.
 
What if we really meant it? What if, tomorrow, we kicked off a campaign to raise half a million dollars as the seed money to start one or more Ecovillages in New Jersey? What if we launched a campaign to have Ecovillages dissolve the resistance to affordable housing in NJ? What if we caused towns to embrace Ecovillages as the way to integrate people from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds as responsible, generous and contributing members of the community?
 
What if our voices, in song, unleashed the vision of Ecovillage living as the way forward?

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August 18: Summer Extravaganza Celebration and Fundraiser

Three Professional Vocalists Featured at Our Annual Benefit Concert

This year’s EVNJ fundraiser-concert will feature a very special program:

Elaine Silver has performed at colleges, festivals, churches, clubs and children’s events throughout North America and Europe. She was featured nationally on The Wisdom Channel and on New Jersey Network’s program State of the Arts. A recipient of a Garden State Music Award for Outstanding Folk Performer, “Faerie Elaine” brings magic, love and blessings to her concerts. http://www.elainesilver.com

An award-winning songwriter, engaging performer and passionate environmentalist, Kathy Moser is dedicated to bringing positive change to the world through music, both on and off stage. For many years she was a principal with the Garden State Cohousing group, and she’s supported our own project numerous times through appearances at benefit concerts and active participation. http://www.kathymoser.com/

NJ-born Kyrie London is a singer-songwriter, artist, and activist, who is passionate about bringing people together through the healing power of music. Her collaborations with Grammy-winning producers and sound mixers have helped create her signature mix of pop, soul, dance, and hip hop. She appeared recently at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton (Mercer County). http://www.kyrielondon.com.

Saturday, August 18, 2018 Noon-4 p.m.
Zelin-Cloud Home
8 Revere Drive, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

We’ll start off with a potluck luncheon at Noon. Please bring a dish to share. The concert begins at 1.

If you find that you’ll be out-of-town and can’t make it, contributions are welcome at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1892927930764804/ or http://www.ecovillagenj.org/donations/

Alternatively, checks payable to “CRCS-EVNJ” could be mailed to: Ecovillage New Jersey, PO Box 2029, Princeton, NJ 08543. Because of the non-profit status of our fiscal sponsor (CRCS, the Center for Regenerative Community Solutions) all such contributions are tax-deductible.

We hope to see you in-person on August 18 for some wonderful music, food, and eco-camaraderie. Admission is free, but . . . don’t forget to bring your checkbook!

Please RSVP here.

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