It's time to get back to growing our own food
and doing things for ourselves, together. We are a community dedicated to creating an affordable, sustainable future for all life on earth
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Below are the core concepts of the cohabitat model.
There is nowhere that people should not have access to, and the opportunity to live natural healthy lifestyles that are sustainable and nourishing for their bodies, minds and spirits, that are in harmony with nature. Where we share, evolve and enjoy as a team.
Note all figures are best guess at this point and will be defined as things progress.How much will it cost and what will I get?
Land that is practical, desirable and affordale is identified and depending on its price per 1 hectare share, will cost around $10k - $25k you would typically have around 1000 square metres personal space and the remainder is held in trust by the community as commons for shared buildings, gardens, orchards, etc and the balance for nature to be nature. As there is money enough and worthy pieces of land available, we will continue to make acquisitions. (There will likey be some variance in the land allocation due to the nature of the land each village is on and it's ability to sustain more or less people)
So how does this work? (The math) Using Trademe (a New Zealand sales and auction website) as a guide for land fit for purpose and pricing, As examples we chose 8 nice farms and other land most suitable for villages, (see The Where page) the prices varied between $8k - $18k per hectare. That's an average of $13k per hectare, with those properties being between 10ha and 300ha. Imagine we have around 300 people on board and so... 300 people x $50 each per week x 52 weeks per year = $780,000 per year. Over 5 years that's $3.9 million , thats 300 hectares @ $13k per hectare. We should own our first 50 - 100 ha in the first year and have pioneers living on the land. We will keep purchasing suitable land.
What will I live in? Essentially what ever you want. You'll be able to build your dream home (as long as it is within the local council guidelines) . Though lodges and tiny houses will be the most likely, and mobile homes.
The network Spanning all of our villages where ever they are, will be one of our greatest assets, it will increase our knowledge, skills and abilities. Providing people and information to create a strong, agile and resilient network covering all aspects of our growth and development.
Food From gardening and farming, using natural regenerative practices there will be plenty of space in all the ecovillages to have big beautiful organic gardens, greenhouses and orchards, that will provide enough for all. It will take some time to get all that under way so contingencies will be required. It is also imagined that organic produce could be also be a major form of revenue going forward.
Work and earning There will hopefully be some communities that will be within commuting distance of towns or cities which will suit some, but one of the main objectives here is to negate the need for the use of fossil fuels and live a life that has a much lower impact on the environment. Working from home and tele commuting until paid work is no longer required This is one area that Cohabitat must leave up to you, although I'm sure there will be bountiful inspiration and many willing and helpful people around you to assist in the creation of cottage industries and small businesses of all kinds.
Governace and management Sociocracy is main contender here. Google it if you need to know more. But we will use everything in the toolbox that works for us and evolve as needed.
Electicity Wifi and other services Each service would be on a case by case basis, depending on on availability, costs etc.
Tell me more! We hope to grow a network of villages from which each of us can find a village/neighbourhood/community out there that will be a good fit for us. In 5 years it can easily be a reality for over 300 people and not stop there. There is of course much more to do and discuss, and the website will reflect that as Cohabitat grows, we also hope to have a blog and forum up soon. If all of this sounds like something you're interested in or would like to get behind and help make happen click on the Contact/Join button at the top and lets start a more ecologically responsible and socially rewarding life.
Cohabitat is working towards developing locally funded and run villages. We want to connect people and increase the accessability, affordability and viability of ecovillages for people who are ready to live a far more sane lifestyle and give them the tools to get there.
So if you like the ideology, no matter where you are, get in touch, get in touch, and be the change.