One of my goals that I have previously written about is to build an intentional permaculture community. This is not an overnight project. It is looking like it will be at least 18 months before we would break ground. I am hoping for sometime in 2015, but I obviously cannot be certain at this point. I used to be very frustrated with setting timelines so far in the future; however, I have come to realize the importance of not rushing things. I actually have a lot of things I have to, and desire to, accomplish in this small window of time.
In the time since I have written about my plans, I have come across a number of existing intentional communities similar to what I have in mind. I want to share three of these today…
This is a 60-acre suburb in Davis, California. It was created in 1981 by architect Michael Corbett, and the community is still thriving today. Now this is really a Permaculture suburb. I don’t have a desire to live in a suburb, but this property is still exciting to study. Bill Mollison (the co-originator of Permaculture) documented one of his visits to Village Homes in 1991 in his Global Gardener series. You can watch it here:
In 2013, Geoff Lawton (Bill Mollison’s protégé) again documented his visit to Village Homes. This community is now over 38 years old. Fantastic! You can watch Geoff Lawton’s video on his site. You do need to provide a name and email, but the video is well worth it!
Fairhope, Alabama (established 1894)
Arden, Delaware (established 1900)
A reader sent me information about her great-grandfathers who were part of an intentional community founded in 1894… and it still exists! It turns out that there were two of these cities. They are the only two “single tax colonies” remaining in the United States. They were both founded by small groups of individuals who were followers of economic theorist Henry George. Interestingly, similar to my concept, members of the towns have a renewable 99 year lease. The “single tax” is not completely possible due to larger government laws and regulations, but these cities provide a wealth of history (and stability!) which shows a long-term lease model can indeed work. These cities have a taxation system that is a little cumbersome, and to be honest, I have only been able to spend a little time reading about it. I will provide links to their sites as a reference if this interests you:
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