Boise EcoVillage Project

About

Envision a community living in harmony with the earth and with each other through green building, renewable energy, shared governance, and permaculture principles. Residents of the Treasure Valley collaborate to manifest a sustainable community, sustainable business incubator, and education center in an urban setting.

In 2015 the Boise EcoVillage Project began collaborating with a local farmer to start some of our initiatives.  We are leasing about 3 acres at the edge of Garden City, Idaho (9907 W Chinden Blvd), with 2 acres of irrigated farmland, a sweet little stream and large trees.  This is not where our residential community will be built, but it is a place to begin projects, build teams and relationships, and develop the skills we will need to live in community some day.

We have recently become a member managed organization and are looking to add more passionate members to our team!  Please see our section on membership to learn more about what being a member is all about.  You don’t have to be a member to participate, and we have several self-organizing Village Circles that are beginning to take form including the Garden Circle, Builder’s Circle, Outreach and Education Circle, Media and Communications Circle, Harmony Circle, and the Visioning Circle.

We purchased a yurt in the summer of 2015 and built it on the land that October.  Members can use this space to teach classes or workshops, or host community activities, this is what our space is for!

The produce stand was open in the fall of 2015, and we sold nearly $2,000 of pumpkins and sweet corn (60/40 split with the farmer who grew the crops).  A huge thank you to all our volunteers who helped harvest corn and pumpkins and helped run the stand. In 2016 we will be growing food on our leased acreage, so we will hope to sell a lot more food at the stand.

We are collaborating with Autumn Freer, to research and test the best practices as we transition from conventional agriculture to organic. Together we are seeking to restore the diverse, community of life to the soil, and teach others through classes and workshops.  We are using organic methods including cover cropping, compost teas, effective micro-organisms, beneficial insects, and organic amendments.

In June 2016 we partnered with Sunny Orchards LLC, who recently planted 57 fruit trees at Riverside Gardens.  Our plans for the land include a permaculture food forest and a tree nursery.

We have also created a community garden space and are excited to welcome new gardening friends on the land.  We also encourage community art to be created and displayed throughout the gardens!

If you’d like to connect with us, please see our calendar for upcoming events and gatherings!

Join our Facebook Group to keep up on events, meeting and updates.

This endeavor is an organic process, and many of us are just learning as we go. We are looking for patterns, being mindful of that which wants to emerge, as we hold the vision of a beautiful, collaborative, abundant, community space in our hearts and minds.

 

 

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Learn more about ecovillages by watching this interview with Diana Leafe Christian: