We are developing an ecovillage in the South Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. The ecovillage is working to be a model of co-operative, sustainable land habitation and land use and features public outreach and education as included goals.
EcoReality Co-op, located on Salt Spring Island, between Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada, is an ecovillage, encompassing numerous business activities centered around sustainable food and energy production and associated services.
Our goal is to provide housing and “right livelihood” to our members, investors, students, and visitors on our 43 acre site and the adjoining 61 acre community farmland site.
This site is ideal for sustainable food and energy production. Two streams with water licenses complement 20 acres of cleared fields on Class 2 (second best) soils in the Agricultural Land Reserve. We are on the main road close to the most-used ferry terminal on the island, and are backed by thousands of acres of wild public parkland.
Our principals have an ideal combination of talents, with experience in Permaculture, organic farming, natural building, alternative energy systems, marketing, engineering, product development, business management, and finance. We have access to a much larger talent pool that we can call upon, both for advice, and to meet seasonal labour needs.
We are active in the greater agricultural and sustainability communities, holding board positions and memberships as well as informal association with numerous such organizations.
EcoReality Co-op has been operational since early 2006, and we have systems in place for project planning, harvest and production tracking, labour and asset use reporting, customer and contact management, and other common business systems.
We are organized around nine business units: Education, Agri-Tourism, Market Garden, Transplant Propagation, Dairy, Eggs, Fruiticulture, Energy, and Value-Added Products.
We typically have an educational event each month. Farm Steward Cleome Rowe is a life-long farmer and has degrees in Biology and Teaching. Jan Steinman has completed Permaculture Teacher Training with Jude Hobbs and Tom Ward of Cascadia Permaculture Institute. Jan has studied under David Holmgren, has conducted or instructed in four PDCs, and has signed over 90 Permaculture Design Certificates as lead instructor.
We are currently seeking additional investment partners, in order to begin construction of 13 units of shared-wall, "zero-mile" housing, using natural building techniques.
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