TOGETHER ON THE LAND
Options for Ecological Community Living
MULTI-SITE GROUP TOUR
8:30am-5pm Sunday September 11, 2011
$20 per ticket, discounts & scholarships available===================================
Join us for a tour of ecological living options in the Pioneer Valley. We'll visit homes and farms that have tested different models for community living, such as community land trusts, co-ops, co-housing, and more. Meet other people interested in community building and see new places!
Throughout the Pioneer Valley there are numerous models for how to create communities that balance affordability, ecology and community connections. No one model has all the answers – but they all offer tremendous insights and for some, may be the answer you are looking for today.
This tour focuses on concrete examples of sustainable community living right here in the Valley. Tour stops will include:
A manufactured housing park that is now a resident owned co-operative;
A farm addressing the need for permanently affordable farm housing and land;
An established co-housing community with a common house, a walkable multi-generational community and energy efficient homes;
An urban community land trust helping to keep housing affordable by removing the cost of land from the cost of housing; and
A small cluster of homes that were built with lots of volunteer labor and meet high energy efficiency standards
The goal of this tour is to connect people with organizations and individuals working towards sustainable community living, offer real-world examples of community models, and describe how these models work. We hope you can come!
Where: The tour starts in Northampton and will travel to Holyoke, Ware, Granby and Amherst
When: You will need to be able to arrive at the first stop at 8:30am and park your car or bike. The tour vans will take you to the rest of the stops and get you back to Northampton by approximately 4:30pm.
How: Tour participants will travel together in rented vans.
Who: You! A small (10-30 participants) eclectic group of people interested in sustainability, housing affordability, and land preservation.
What: Logistics will be e-mailed to you after your registration payment is received. Your registration fee helps to cover the cost of renting vans and promoting the event. You will need to bring your own brown bag lunch.
Cooperative Development Institute, Co-op Power, Equity Trust,
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust & Valley Community Land Trust
Media Sponsor: The Valley Advocate
Special Thanks to Collective Copies and River Valley Market for their in-kind donations