We, the Boise Ecovillage, 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 leased 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 no longer are leasing this space. We are currently looking to expand our Ecovillage community elsewhere.
We 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.
In 2015 we operated a small fruit stand across the street from the Ecovillage. 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 have collaborated with Autumn Freer, to research and test the best practices as we transition from conventional agriculture to organic. Together we were seeking to restore the diverse, community of life to the soil, and teach others through classes and workshops. We used all organic methods including cover cropping, compost teas, effective micro-organisms, beneficial insects, and organic amendments.
In 2016 we created a community garden space and used this space to welcome new gardeners to the land.
If you’d like to connect with us, please see our calendar for upcoming events and gatherings!
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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.