EcoVillage

Sage Valley will be home for a small community of residents. These residents will live on the property, operate the farm, gardens, and maintain the grounds to support the nature school, prepare for events, and other programs.

  • Housing options for incoming staff/residents

Options would include tent camping, RV camping, tiny house on trailers, ecovillage-owned little cabins/tiny houses, or bunk space in a community house.Residency Proces

There will be opportunities for temporary stays/visits

All long term residents must have already spent time at Sage Valley in a temporary capacity

An application process will required for long term residency requests. As part of this process, a unanimous “yes,” vote must be obtained from all long term villagers before accepting and new residents.

Opportunities for work exchange

On a need basis this will be available, especially for those with farm or building/maintenance experience.

  • Community work required as part of residency agreement- All residents are required to contribute a set number of hours of work per week for the ecovillage.

  • Schooling options

We will have a one-room school house and a homeschool co-op with a Waldorf based approach. We encourage homeschooling or unschooling, but there are public schools in the area as well as some private schools.

  • What will make the village an “eco” village?
    • *We strive to live as sustainably and minimally as possible. Ways in which we will be practicing eco-consciousness are:
      • Creating natural buildings from local and sustainable materials Ex: straw bale, cob, board and batten, earth brick, earth bag, recycled, etc.
      • Organic farming; creating local and chemical-free food for our village and extended community
      • Taking a yearly “self-inventory” of our own individual ecological footprints and making personal goals toward improving them every year.
      • Use of solar energy, passive solar, water catchment, composting toilets, solar showers, solar ovens,  recycling, composting, growing our own food, etc.
      • Using permaculture design principles wherever possible and putting them into ACTION
      • Offering educational workshops for the general public about varying topics (organic gardening, sustainable living, green building, etc)
      • Utilizing human/community power to farm instead of industrialized and overly-mechanized processes
  • Will the village be off the grid?

The existing farmhouse and barn already have utilities tied to the grid, but our other temporary housing and long term villager housing will all be off the grid. Options for energy sources can vary depending on each villager’s preference, but we expect to see a lot of passive solar, wood stoves, solar panels, solar ovens, etc utilized. We have a goal to move the grid-tied buildings to solar or alternative power sources as much as possible. They already use woodstoves for heating.

  • Communication

All villagers will be required to attend a weekly meeting to discuss the community concerns, decision making, and current topics.