May I recommend this web site for your heart and mind.
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
<!doctype html public "-//w3c//dtd html 4.0 transitional//en">
This is an introduction to Cobb Hill - a cohousing community, research institute, and organic farm -- all experiments in sustainable living being created in Hartland, VT. We hope you will find this information useful for learning who we are, where we’re going, how far we’ve come, and how you might participate.
This Web Site is Sponsored by Cooperative Sports On-line Magazine.
Future Meeting Dates
1. Brief History
5. Land and Design Plan
Clustered Housing Site Plan6. The Sustainability Institute
Common House Floor Plan (preliminary)
Photograph from High Pasture
Before and After from Upper Pasture
Photos: An autumn walk through the lower pastures
Individual House Floor Plans (Please note these are preliminary designs)
7. Projected Timeline
8. Levels of Participation
9. List of Members
Meetings are usually 9:30 to 4 or 5, followed by a pot-luck at the Kirns’ home. In order to accommodate the number of people attending, we have started to meet in available public facilities in Hartland. Please contact a DP for this information in the week of the meeting.
Sunday, January 10 Sunday, May 16 Sunday, September 19 Saturday, February 13 Saturday, June 12 Saturday, October 9 Sunday, March 14 Sunday, July 11 Sunday, November 14 Saturday, April 10 Saturday, August 14 Saturday, December 11
Exit 9 off Interstate 91 at Hartland/Windsor exit; follow signs RT12/RT5 North towards Hartland
At village of Hartland 3 Corners, turn left onto Route 12 towards Woodstock
Take second right after sign for Skunk Hollow Tavern onto Mace Hill Road; Pass Hunt farm with two silos on your left.
For Rice-Sawin home take first left after Hunt farm onto Spencer Meadow Road; their home is #13 – a reddish-brown cape.
For Kirn home, continue on Mace Hill Road, which bends left at Y for about ½ mile to Kirn driveway on left
The lifestyle of the community will be frugal in terms of quantity, rich in terms of quality. It will strive for a sane balance between privacy and communality, labor and leisure, freedom and order. Decisions will be made by consensus and, insofar as possible, according to what will be best for the community, for the land and for the world over the long term.
Cobb Hill members will earn their living variously from the land, through work for the Sustainability Institute, through teaching or workshops inspired by the land, through arts or crafts based on the land, and through outside jobs. We will not be a non-profit organization; we will pay taxes to the town of Hartland and participate in town affairs. We will work toward self-sufficiency of food, water, energy, building materials, and waste-processing.
We expect that members will have a commitment to sustainability and community, responsibility to others, openness to learning, fiscal responsibility, and a willingness to do one’s share of the work.
Each member household will own both a share in the commonly owned land and private equity in a living unit. Decisions about operating budgets, capital investments, resale, and land use will be made by the membership in a consensus process.
This purpose statement lends guidance as we journey forward together. We intend to be guided by values and principles, rather than by expedience. This statement will always be under development, as our membership learns and evolves.
Our purpose is to learn, practice, and share the art of living sustainably, productively, joyfully, in ways that replenish ourselves, our communities, and the natural world, and that deepen our spiritual development and awareness.
We come to this venture with humility, acknowledging there is no single path to sustainability. We will pursue our path to the best of our ability, and refrain from judging those who explore other paths. We come willing to experiment, to tell the truth about our experiments, and to learn from our mistakes. We can't claim to follow the principles listed here perfectly. They point out the direction we want to take, not a place we have reached.
We have purchased two adjoining former dairy farms, each 120-140 acres, in Hartland Four Corners, one of the villages that comprise the town of Hartland, Vermont. The Hunt farm, with the farmhouse just half a block from the village, has barns and silos, 12 acres of prime farm land, high pastures with beautiful views, and a large regenerating forest. The Curtis farm, more remote from the village, has a house, barn, and outbuildings, another 10 acres of bottom land, more pastures, a mature forest (including a 1000-maple sugarbush), and a small stream and pond. Both farms are on east-facing slopes of a north-south valley. The Hunt house, built in the 1930s, is plain and solid; the Curtis house is an old, charming, Vermont cape.
The farms became ours on December 1, 1997. The Curtis house and 2 acres of land has been sold to a member family of our community, with repurchase rights. The Hunt house is now rented to another member family, while we design and build our new homes and common house. When this is accomplished, the Hunt house will become the Sustainability Institute office.
We have sufficient land for the construction of 20-22 housing units (tightly clustered) plus a common house -- and for serious farming and forestry, not only to provision ourselves, but also for some of us to make a living from the land. We will protect the open land with permanent conservation easements.
On our substantial acreage, we have chosen a building site which is close to the village neighborhood and low on a hillside, where water is abundant and soils are good. Though we value privacy and will design for it, we also want to be part of the larger community, open to people who want to work or visit with us. We imagine a farmstand, craft workshops, educational and recreational activities that will enable us to participate in life with the larger local and Upper Valley community.
It will take us 3 years to qualify the farms for organic certification. For the first two of those years, we will not try to farm in Hartland; we will just work organic matter into the fields, do soil tests, and bring the land into fitness. We are working out procedures for sugaring, grazing, and other land-management issues during these transition years.
We have chosen a team of professionals to help us site, design, engineer, and permit a 20 unit housing development. The chief architect is Jeff Schoellkopf of Warren VT; our energy systems consultant is Marc Rosenbaum of Plainfield NH. Decisions to date include:
The homeowners association will manage the common property and enforce governing rules decided upon by the community. We don’t know yet whether this will be a coop, a condominium, a community land trust, or some other legal form.
We will consider developing the farm as a number of separate small businesses,
perhaps working toward a single cooperative business. We plan to establish
our own mortgage fund.
The Institute is working on the "big picture." Cobb Hill will work on the practical implementation of that picture in one particular place. The Institute and community will constantly inform each other. For more information write to: Sustainability Institute, PO Box 174, Hartland Four Corners, VT 05049.
Decision partners have become members of Cobb Hill and of the LLC. Each current DP household has made a $20,000 commitment to the LLC to fund design and permitting costs. A similar commitment is expected from each new DP household. This payment is fully at risk.
Individual or families who wish to become decision partners will take the following steps, as have present decision partners:
Consulting Partners (CPs)
- Consult with a current decision partner to explore interest in Cobb Hill membership. Identify that family to become your contact/mentor/sponsor and to help you schedule next steps. We encourage interested people to participate actively in community and committee meetings and tasks as a way to get to know other members and to become known to members.
- Meet with members of the Finance Committee to talk over the financial obligations of participation. We are eager to accommodate a variety of financial situations, while ensuring the financial health of the community.
- Through your contact family, schedule a "clearness" meeting with the decision partners. Clearness meetings are inspired by the Quaker tradition; they involve quiet conversation and silence as a way for all to explore interest, concerns, opportunities, questions and, finally, the wisdom of taking this step into full commitment.
Consulting partners are those who are interested in Cobb Hill though not ready to commit to membership. They participate actively in monthly meetings and are involved in committees and other work. They have significant influence on decisions.
Consulting partners are asked to contribute $250/year/household, which will be included in their contribution to Cobb Hill common costs if they decide to commit, but is otherwise non-refundable.
Anyone who is interested is invited to get to know the Cobb Hill community by following the email conversations, coming to an introductory meeting, and thereafter attending community meetings. There is no charge for this participation.
We welcome dialogue with persons who may be able and willing to invest substantial funds in the Cobb Hill pooled mortgage fund, which will be developed at a reasonable rate of interest.
|Judith and Phil Bush
RR1, Box 338
Sharon, Vt. 05065
|Judith was until recently a social worker at Casey Family Services. She left this long-time job in January 1998 to find ways to combine old and current interests in new ventures. Phil is finance director at NH - Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center; grew up on a small farm; is "a guitarist/gardener who talks to cats and likes math."|
|Peter and Ann Forbes
Route 1, Box 24
Canaan, NH 03741
Willoughby, born April 1998
|Peter is New England coordinator for Trust for Public Land and a photographer. Ann is an anthropologist writing about land/community relationships in Nepal, and an adjunct professor in the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth. Both are involved in the Center for the Good Life project arising from the legacy of Helen and Scott Nearing|
|Edie Farwell and Jay Mead
638 17th Ave.
San Francisco CA 94121
W 415-561-6100 X 120 (Edie)
Cedar (4) and Silas (born Jan 1998)
|Edie administers the Association for Progressive Communication,
a worldwide network of environmental and other progressive organizations,
seeking to communicate and work together. Jay is an artist, art teacher,
carpenter, and practitioner of street theater and puppetry. Also a core
member of Live Power CSA and Argonne Community Garden.
Both are Dartmouth grads.
|Ellen Furnari and Jan Passion
129 Shady Nook Lane
St. George VT 05495-8034
Serena and Rachelle - ages 15 & 19
|Ellen is currently consulting on various sustainability and philanthropic projects. She was formerly the director of the Ben & Jerry's Foundation and the Center For a New American Dream, as well as a psychotherapist. Jan, recently back from a six month spiritual retreat is a psychotherapist in private practice. He has dreams of someday working in areas of global conflict. He enjoys sailing, yoga, raquet ball and volunteering on the local rescue squad. Jan and Ellen are members of Servas International and host refugees awaiting sanctuary in Canada.|
|Marie and Art Kirn
RR1, Box 271
Hartland VT 05048
WT (Marie) 802-295-2604
|Marie is director of Hospice VNH, a visiting nurse program that serves 71 towns in the Upper Valley. Art has retired from consulting and business to pursue his interest in the arts. Along with Dana Meadows, the Kirns are the opera buffs of the community.|
|Stephen Leslie and Kerry Gawalt
PO Box 58
Plainfield NH 03781
|Horse farmers, have farmed in NY state, Montana, and Idaho,
now run a market garden in Plainfield NH.
Stephen has interests in yoga, art, and writing in addition to farming.
Kerry grew up at Hawthorne Valley farm in NY State.
They are now living at Foundation Farm (Dana's place) with 2 Norwegian Fjord horses, 1 dog, 2 cats.
|Donella H. (Dana) Meadows
PO Box 58
95 Daniels Road
Plainfield NH 03781
|Farmed organically and communally for 25 years in Upper
Valley (sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, fruit, veggies, flowers).
Teaches part-time at Dartmouth
Writes environmental newspaper column
Organizes international environmental network (the Balaton Group)
|Phil Rice and Beth Sawin
13 Spencer Meadow
Jenna, 17 months old.
|Both biologists; Phil recently led a research team at a
biotech firm, Beth completed her PhD at MIT. Both now work for the Sustainability
Institute on commodity modeling and environmental education.
Avid gardeners, working for FI*,
* (FI=financial independence, as defined in the book Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominguez and Vicki Robin)
421 Walden Street
Cambridge MA 02138
|Master's in system dynamics from MIT.
Own consulting practice.
Especially good at designing user-interfaces and management games. Working for the Sustainability Institute on community growth modeling and forest product industry modeling.
|Delia Clark and Tim Traver
PO Box 45
Taftsville VT 05073
Tim at VINS 802-457-2779
Kal 14, Mollie 10, Toben 8
|Delia coordinates the Valley 2000& Beyond Project and
teaches community planning at Antioch College
Tim is director of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
|Peter Kawecki and Jane Olds
PO Box 181
Hartland Four Corners VT 05049
5 children, ages 7-18. Clara, Sam,
|Peter teaches part-time at Vermont Technical College. Jane
is a self-employed physical therapist. The family is currently living in
the Hunt farmhouse.
|Sophie and Matt Starr
668 Coventry Road
Berkeley, CA 94707
Lucas (12/25/93) and Casey (4/98)
|Sophie is a self employed landscaper, pre school volunteer teacher,
and fulltime mom. Interests include interior design, flowers, gardening,
backpacking, kayaking, and yoga.
Matt is an elementary school teacher, now teaching third grade, finishing up his masters thesis on progressive literacy models. He enjoys outdoor sports, vegetable gardening, yoga, writing, and being a dad. Travel is a family passion. They recently returned from a year of life overseas, spent mostly in Indonesia and Asia, in time to rest up for the birth of Baby Casey.
This page has been visited (the hit count) times since 11/19/98.
To Unsubscribe: Email email@example.com with the command
To Subscribe to Digest: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the command
All messages to sanet-mg are archived at: