It's time to get back to nature
Growing our own food
Building community and creating
an affordable, sustainable future
for all life on earth
Below are the core concepts and ideologies 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 symbiotic and supportive of the ecosystem. Where we share, evolve and enjoy as a team.
We would like to state all facts and figures are guides only. While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible these things must nesessarily be floating so that a happy balance between the needs of individuals, communities and nature is found, this will vary as land prices differ from place to place as does the terrain. The aim is always the same "natural healthy lifestyles that are sustainable and nourishing for the bodies, mind and spirit and that are symbiotic and supportive of the ecosystem. Where we share, evolve and enjoy together".
How much will it cost and what will I get?
Payments for a share can be $20, $50, $100 or more per week as an ongoing payment towards a $25k share , this would buy (approx) a 1 hectare share, with roughly a third to half of that hectare to live on and be in the community commons (for shared buildings, gardens, orchards, etc and the balance wild for nature to be nature. As there is money enough and worthy pieces of land available, we will continue to make acquisitions. Each share will be enough to contribute to land acquisition legal fees, initial development etc.(There may be some variance in the 1 ha 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. We hope we will soon 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 we will have amassed/spent $3.9 million and own about 343 hectares over 8 properties of prime land from the $3.9M with approximately $300,000 left over for the lawyers, surveyors, initial equipment and infrastructure etc, to get things happening on the land. 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, growing our network and eventually end up with many communities large and small with becoming a strong and secure network of shared knowledge and resources.
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 I would imagine tiny houses through to 5 bedroom mansions would be probable with a few yurts and house buses here and there. We would more than likely look into the construction of transportable "Tiny Houses" as soon as there were funds available to do so and people could for another $50 or so, a week pay their house off.
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 and farming Yep home grown is best, fresh organic food straight from the garden to the table, 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. To see how it's done Look Here. It will take some time to get all that under way so contingencies will be required. It is also imagined that organic produce will 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. Work from home, tele commuting, writing, craft, dressmaking black smithing making furniture, building tiny houses or work on our own organic farms. I hope your passion is something you can earn from or that you can turn your hand to an inspiring enterprise of some sort that will provide enough for your needs. 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.
Electicity Wifi and other services Each service would be on a case by case basis, depending on on availability, costs etc.
Tell me more! With our strong network and diversity of villages from which to choose each of us will 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 a developing system of locally funded and run villages. We want to connect people to greatly 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, and be the change.