In January of 2014 I attended the Earth Harmony Sustainability Seminar: “How to Build an EcoVillage” at Avalon Organic Gardens and EcoVillage in Arizona. This was really the beginning of my ecovillage journey, two years later I’m realizing there and many more miles to go!
Throughout the last two years I have focused on connecting with people throughout the Treasure Valley with the skills and passion for creating a sustainable community and a cooperative culture. I organized a core council that met each week throughout the summer of 2014 to define the community’s vision, mission and goals.
In 2015, with my guidance and passion, the community secured 3+ acres on which to begin our project through a multi-year lease, two of those acres are irrigated and will allow us to begin to grow food together. This land is zoned agricultural so the residential piece of our vision will not take place on this land. We also purchased a yurt, and as a community we constructed it on the property to support our project in Garden City which we call Riverside Gardens. We operated the produce stand this fall and sold pumpkins to raise money for our project. We also had an
incredible retreat where we camped and rafted the Payette River together. A committee formed to organize and host a presentation and film at BSU as well as two workshops facilitated by Ma’ikwe Ludwig of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.
Now, in 2016 specialized circles will form and leaders in each circle will be elected to serve on the Core Council. A village-wide planning meeting will take place on January 15th, at 6 p.m. at the yurt at Riverside Gardens (9907 W Chinden Blvd, Garden City, Idaho).
We will host community gatherings each month to celebrate our progress, build connections and friendships, move projects forward, and set new goals. We continue to focus on building relationships, identifying allies, and defining the legal and social structure of the community.
If you would like to participate please come to our upcoming gathering, or please find us on Facebook at the Group “Boise EcoVillage Project,” and request to join. You may also call me at: two-zero-eight-8four-one-59zero4.