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I always wanted to be part of a community that was doing it the right way and viagra superactive canadian no prescription click here was dealing with our social, economic and environmental issues in an enlighted manner. That dream is finally on the brink of coming true, as myself and a small group of other people set out to create Earthworks Eco Village with this very vision in mind. One that integrates the best practices for sustainable and healthy living. By making eco enterprise development and eco education a primary focus, Earthwoks also hopes to be the seed for many more communities like it.  Rather than have us interpret this amazing initiative in community design, we thought we would let the visioneers of Earthworks speak for themselves so here is a sample from their most recient newsletter:

IT'S THE RIGHT TIME
We have been overwhelmed by the interest in Earthworks Facebook page and we want to thank all of you who have taken the time and effort to contribute to our discussions about the potentials of creating a self sufficient and viagra fast delivery safety secure community of like minded people. We all know that between climate change and peak oil alone that we are in for some significant changes to the very fabric of our society. This is the right time to be preparing for those changes. Earthworks is designed to provide a platform on which we can walk our talk about how we can be living on this earth. Earthwalk can also provide for the long term energy and food security for our families and our community..

In this newsletter we will outline the unique opportunity that we are creating with the Earthworks Eco Village project.

THE RIGHT VISION

Earthwalk Sustainable Living Center is facilitating the creation of an eco community north of highway 7 in Eastern Ontario dedicated to healthy, conscious and sustainable living. After years of searching we found a beautiful and ideal piece of property for this project. With 75 acres of organic fields and possible hydro, solar, and wind power generation sufficient to provide for the whole community, the potential for self sufficiency is quite achievable. Members of this community will enjoy not only a very healthy and research buy abilify inspiring environment but the real possibility of food and energy security as well.


THE RIGHT COMMUNITY

Earthship SolariumCalled EARTHWORKS ECO VILLAGE this community is being designed using sustainable development principles to be an example of optimized ecologically based community living. The site plan applies permaculture principles to provide community resources that work with and are inspired by our natural support systems. Edible forest gardens, and smaller scale annual and perennial combo gardens, herb gardens and eco orchards around the eco homes we will be building. Larger scale sustainable cropping systems in the fields are also being planned to meet all the community’s food requirements, and more. Our goals includes meeting the human needs of our membership, so we are incorporating not only food and energy security but resources for education, eco business, and recreation into our site plan.

THE RIGHT SHELTERS

Earthworks will be utilizing a wide variety of green building technologies and techniques to insure energy efficient and healthy environments to live in. Our Eco Shelters will demonstrate a variety of environmentally responsible and low cost viagra uk healthy building systems. Some building sites lend themselves to Straw Bale Structures. Some sites are appropriate for sandbag domes. We have excellent sites for Earthships which are being designed to be completely self heating and self cooling, and to survive earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. Interior green houses for food production and cold rooms for food storage are being incorporated into the structures. It will be a community of mindfully designed and environmentally integrated accommodations for members and volunteers.

HEALTHY FOOD SECURITY

One of our objectives is to establish food security for the community. We have designed in the capacity to feed many people with the land available to this project.  Most of the 75 acres of the project is rich organic sandy loam fields with mature tree lined wind breaks. We will be developing several demonstration cropping methods supporting a very wide variety of crops. We have set aside several areas on the site for organic food production.
1. Our initial site plan sets aside 31 acres of south sloping crop land  (providing a longer growing season) that will be dedicated to ecological farming projects.
2. We have 5.7 acres of reclamation land (bed of old gravel pit) for our soil rehabilitation and edible forest projects. This land will produce a wide variety of crops from fruit and lowest prices viagra uk nuts to berries and herbs.
3. We have two natural ponds for aquaculture projects: one deep pond ecosystem for species like trout, and one shallower pond ecosystem for bass. There will also be Tilapia tanks designed into the solariums of the Earthships.
4. We have 5.8 acres of agricultural fenced fields for raising organically fed animals with a plan to raise a variety of heritage breeds.
5. Adjacent to the residential buildings we will be creating ecological landscapes incorporating edible perennial gardens.
6. For winter fresh food production we have designed a solar heated greenhouse as well as several solar heated solariums attached to the earthships and all residences.
7. Plots will be set aside for heritage seed production and we will be creating an onsite seed bank for heritage varieties.
8. We have allocated land for the Earthworks CSA. This is our community shared agriculture project where members can prepay for a share in the production from our CSA organic gardens. Good Food Boxes are provided to Earthworks CSA members at regular intervals.

RENEWABLE ENERGY SECURITY

Energy SecurityOne of our other objectives was to provide our community with energy security as well. We have the good fortune to have an ideal site for the development of several renewable energy systems within the community. We have excellent wind sites and optimum solar exposures at several locations on the property as well the potential for 24/7 hydro generation on site as well.We have set aside some land for a possible solar farm as well.

HOLISTIC EDUCATION

Another central goal of our community is to provide educational opportunities for sustainable and healthy living. Earthwalk’s Eco Education Centre will be providing a wide spectrum educational resources both at its 5 acre eco centre north of Colborne as well as at proposed on site educational facilities at Earthworks Eco Village. Earthwalk has classroom, theatre and multi media facilities which are already being used to develop educational programming for Earthworks. Featuring programs for children and adults, we are developing a whole series of courses and workshops for Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute including a planned degree program through Gaia University. Classroom space is being planned into our facility designs to accommodate our educational programs, which will be incorporating the latest techniques of accelerated learning through a holistic nature based education. Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute will be offering courses and workshops on a wide variety of environmentally responsible and healthy living subjects creating ample opportunities for our members personal growth.

Interests in a permaculture approach to eco culture, organic food production, natural health and http://www.pferdezucht-kaernten.at/purchase-of-cialis natural building are an obvious asset for anyone interested in applying for membership. People with these interests will find Earthworks to be fertile ground to grow their interests and their skills in sustainable living, with the additional potential for earning an income at Earthworks  Eco Enterprise Centre.

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE LOCAL ECONOMY

Earthworks is not just a sustainable community, but actively promotes sustainable economic development within and from the community. Our full intention is to facilitate local sustainable economic development both within our community and within the context of the surrounding communities.

ThoughtsECO ENTERPRISE CENTRE

We are currently using the business centre facilities at Earthwalk Eco Centre however we will be building and developing a business centre on the Earthworks site designed to incubate new eco businesses that can employ members with income generation activities that are congruent with our principles and mission. All members benefit from the success of the eco enterprises run by our members through the Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre. With multiple projects providing multiple profit centres the potential for Earthworks Cooperative is substantial, sustainable and robust.

The Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre will feature shared facilities and resources to support the needs of our community based businesses. The centre will provide expertise and www.krystal.op.cz assistance in areas ranging from business planning, sourcing, manufacturing, communications, administration and marketing. Only Earthworks Enterprise Members can apply to have a business idea incubated by the Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre. However, all members can volunteer, intern or potentially be employed by the Eco Enterprises based within our community.

At this point we already know that Earthworks will be involved in incubating several business activities from green building design and build services, eco landscaping, permaculture design, organic food production, heritage seeds and nursery, organic bee keeping, passive solar heated green houses, passive solar heating and cooling systems, healthy home design and decorating, eco products, natural health products and services, eco education, community shared agriculture (CSA) and currency systems. The profits from our Eco Business Center are reinvested in our community and in our Members.


EARTHWORKS WORK EXCHANGE

Work ExchangeEarthworks Work Exchange - Within the community we will be creating an Earthworks Work Exchange where community members can earn Earthworks Dollars by working on community projects.  A member's labour on Earthworks projects will be in turn credited in Earthworks Dollars to the member's Work Exchange account.  Those credits can be spent on a wide variety of goods and services within the Earthworks Community.

Though our community we will also be participating in an international barter exchange network,  most of our energy and time will be dedicated to creating a healthy local economy that can provide our community members with positive and sustainable employment and fedex generic viagra business opportunities.

EARTHWORKS ECO FESTIVAL

The Earthworks Festival will be an annual celebration of sustainable living ideas, products and services held at the Earthworks Eco Village. It will provide sources for a broad spectrum of new and useful resources to our community members and an opportunity for our Enterprise Members to exhibit their goods and services to potential customers from both local and not so local markets. We also intend for our festival can provide a showcase for local foods, artists and artisans as well as a venue for a variety of musical performances. A celebration of sustainable living, the Earthworks Eco Festival will be our opportunity to share the  growing eco culture with the community at large.


THE EARTH WE WALK ON

happy EarthWe have been looking for the right land for this project for several years and we did find several properties that held promise. However, this year we feel we found the perfect site on which to create Earthworks. This property is a spectacular piece a gently rolling organic fields. The topography slopes gently south down to form a valley which features both a river and ponds. (See the linked Proposed Site Plan).The property has over a kilometer of road frontage and over half a kilometer of river front. Below the river and south of the property, there is a vast area of wilderness teaming with wildlife (mostly privately owned). This land is a mostly a mixed forest with many small lakes, adding rich biodiversity to the local area.  The land itself provides a perfect canvas on which to create our community. Prime organic farm land often costs over $3,000 per acre, however we have the opportunity to secure this particular piece of property, if we act quickly, for just over $1,000 per acre. A bargain to say the least.

THE START UP CAPITAL

Earthwalk Eco Education Centre has provided much of the research and planning that is going into the Earthworks Project. However, we are now at the stage where we need to raise additional start up capital and get started building the community. CapitalWith the land acquisition Earthworks will be in a position to start off its journey with three times its equity, which is a very strong place from which to begin and a secure place for all its investors. We are looking to raise the $85,000 we need from our membership and lenders to secure this property now. So if you want to be involved with the Earthworks community whatever you can contribute to the project at this time is most helpful. Our collective participation in this initial investment is very important to our success in manifesting this amazing opportunity. Potential members, please consider opening your piggy banks or getting loans to secure your membership. Now is the time we need to assemble our start up capital so if you don’t have resources yourself but you know individuals who could lend this project some seed capital please pass on the information.

CREATING YOUR PARTICIPATION


Teaching, Learning, Living and Working is all possible at Earthworks. An Earthworks Membership is a powerful tool to learn the many aspects of Sustainable Living. It makes it  possible for those that are committed to ecologically responsible and healthy living to enjoy opportunities to learn in a hands on way and experience a sustainable lifestyle.  We now have memberships for every level of participation.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

As members we stand to only gain, as when we purchase our membership we are investing in a very strong mutually beneficial, holistic and sustainable business model backed up with valuable real-estate equity. The bonus is that we are also contributing to creating a healthy place for us to live, learn, work and play that will provide for our food and energy security for the future. We are, in fact, participating in the creation of a new eco community and creating the possibility of working and living in harmony with the earth.

GETTING INVOLVED WITH THE EARTHWORKS ECO VILLAGE

We are bringing together the talents and capital needed for this project now. Our intention is to provide an eco oasis for our community members in an ideal living environment.

The art of eco community development is creating the optimum natural balance in all aspects of the community. Unfortunately, there is a limited capacity for all levels of memberships and the selection of community members has already begun. We are now selecting members and raising capital to secure and prepare the land for development. So time is of the essence!
If you want your future to be both healthy and sustainable and you have either the time or the money or both to invest in the creation of this eco community and its enterprises then now is the time to get involved. Start by reading about how you can get involved in creating the Earthworks  Eco Village.

Creating The Earthworks Community





EARTHWORKS MEMBERSHIP

There are 7 levels of Earthworks Membership. Each designed to fill the individual needs of the member and the needs of the community. Simply Select the level of membership that is appropriate to your interests and needs and then send us and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with Earthworks in the subject line in order to begin the process of getting involved with the Earthworks Eco Village Project.

Note: All memberships up to enterprise memberships are upgradeable at any time simply by contributing the difference of the cost between your current membership level and the level you would like to upgrade to.

The Benefits Of Earthworks Membership

Affiliate Membership – Earthworks Co-Operative    $120/year
Affiliate Memberships are for those who want to learn more about Sustainable Living and the Earthworks Project, but do not have the time to get involved in courses or volunteer intern programs.

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Camping At Earthworks at Normal Rates
    * Free Earthworks orientation seminar and tour


General Membership
– Earthworks Co-Operative    $625
General Members get two free permaculture and natural health workshops as well as discounts on all Sustainable Living Institute workshops and courses as well as unique  intern opportunities in their areas of interest. They also get work exchange memberships so they can earn Earthworks Dollars that can be used for many goods and services at Earthworks.  And more…

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Discounts On Earthworks Workshops and Courses
    * Free Earthworks Introduction To Permaculture Workshop
    * Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop
    * Discount On Camping at Earthworks
    * Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
    * Intern Opportunities


Participating Membership  – Earthworks Co-Operative  $1,250
Participating Members get a free permaculture course and practicum as well as a natural health workshop. They also qualify for discounts on all Sustainable Living Institute workshops and courses as well as unique  intern opportunities. They get work exchange memberships so they can earn Earthworks Dollars that can be used for many goods and services at Earthworks. And more…

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Discounts On Earthworks Workshops and Courses
    * Discount On Camping at Earthworks
    * Intern Opportunities
    * Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
    * Free Earthworks Permaculture Workshop and Internship
    * Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop

Educational Membership – Earthworks Sustianable Living Institute    $2,500
We are developing a whole series of courses and workshops for Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute including a planned degree program through Gaia University. Our educational programs will be incorporating the latest techniques of accelerated and action based learning. Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute will be offering courses and workshops on a wide variety of environmentally responsible and healthy living subjects.from permaculture approaches to eco culture, organic food production, natural health and natural building  People with these interests will find Earthworks to be fertile ground to grow their interests and their skills in sustainable living, with the additional potential for earning an income at the Eco Enterprise Centre. This membership include free participation in several of our Sustainable Living Workshops as well as discounts on all Sustainable Living Institute Courses. And more…

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Discounts on all Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute - Courses
    * Discount On Camping at Earthworks
    * Discount On Earthworks B&B
    * Intern Opportunities
    * Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
    * Discount On  Earthworks Permaculture Course and Practicum
    * Free Earthworks Eco Landscaping Workshops
    * Free Earthworks Organic Gardening Workshops
    * Free Earthworks Healthy Home Workshops
    * Free Earthworks Green Building Workshops
    * Free Earthworks Natural Health Workshop

Enterprise Membership – Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre    $5,000
The Eco Enterprise Centre will feature shared facilities and resources to support the needs of our Enterprise Members. Access to reception, meeting rooms, communication and administrative technology are all included in Enterprise Membership. If you are accepted for a Business Incubation Program the Eco Enterprise Centre will provide Enterprise Members with expertise and assistance in areas ranging from business planning, sourcing, manufacturing, communications, administration and marketing. Only Earthworks Enterprise Members can apply to have a business idea incubated by the Earthworks Eco Enterprise Centre. Enterprise Memberships are subject to the approval of the Residential Members.

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 2 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Discounts on all Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute - Courses
    * Free Earthworks Permaculture Course and Practicum
    * Free Earthworks Sustainability Workshops
    * Free Earthworks Eco Biz Workshops
    * Discount On Camping at Earthworks
    * Discount On Earthworks B&B
    * Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
    * Eco Business Incubation Program
    * Access to Facilities at our Business Centre
    * Business Web Site & Co-Op Marketing Program
    * Exhibit Space At The Earthworks Festival
    * Shares In Earthworks Co-Operative
    * Profit Sharing From Earthworks Co-Operative

Associate Membership
- includes Earthworks Eco Co-operative & Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute
& Earthworks Ecologic Membership                        $10,000

Associate Memberships are available to qualified individuals who have time, money or both to invest in the creation of a community based in sustainable and healthy living. Associate Members demonstrate their commitment to the Earthworks project by investing a minimum of $10,000 capital or a combination of some volunteer time in the project and capital investment. As a result Associate Members receive a valuable profit sharing position within Earthworks Co-Operative as well as shares in Earthworks Ecologic and the possibility of living and working at Earthworks. Earthworks can also assist Associate Members with eco business development support. Only Associate Members can apply for Residential Membership and they are put on the waiting list for Resident Status in the order in which they establish thier Associate Membership. Both Business Incubations and Residential Memberships are subject to the approval of the community.

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 6 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Discounts on all Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute - Courses
    * Free Earthworks Permaculture Course
    * Free Earthworks Workshop Series
    * Free Camping at Earthworks
    * Discount On Earthworks B&B
    * Discount On Interim Accommodation At Earthworks
    * Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
    * Eco Business Incubation Program
    * Access to Facilities at our Business Centre
    * Business Web Site  & CoOp Marketing Program
    * Qualification and Waiting List To Apply for Residential Membership
    * Share in Earthworks CSA
    * Shares in Earthworks Co-Operative
    * Shares In Earthworks Ecologic
    * Profit Sharing From Earthworks Co-Operative
    * Profit Sharing From Earthworks Ecologic

Residential Membership – includes Earthworks Co-operative & Earthworks Ecologic Membership  - Cost To Be Negotiated Individually

Once you have contributed to the community as an Associate Member for a minimum of six months you have earned the right to be considered for Residential Membership. Once accepted by the rest of the community Residential Members can further invest in the construction of private or shared accommodations within the community and become full time residents when the facilities are completed.

We intend to build a variety of eco healthy shelters for our Residential Members ranging in style from earthships to strawbale structures. In consultation with our expert design team our Residential Members are the driving force behind both the development and construction of all the community shelters.

    * Earthworks Permecology News
    * Discounts on Eco Products
    * 6 Admissions to the Earthworks Festival
    * Discounts on Educational Programs
    * Free Earthworks Permaculture Course
    * Free Earthworks Workshop Series
    * Free Camping at Earthworks
    * Discount On Earthworks B&B
    * Discounts On Interim Accommodation At Earthworks until residence is completed
    * Earthworks Work Exchange Membership
    * Eco Business Incubation Program
    * Access to Facilities at our Business Centre
    * Business Web Site & Co-Op Marketing Program
    * Share in Earthworks CSA
    * Shares in Earthworks Co-Operative
    * Shares In Earthworks Ecologic
    * Profit Sharing From Earthworks Co-Operative
    * Profit Sharing From Earthworks Ecologic
    * Residential Occupancy In Finished Eco Residence


Notes
* Earthworks Work Exchange Issues Earthworks Dollars that can be used for goods and services from Earthworks. Labour on Earthworks projects will be paid in Earthworks Dollars.
* Earthworks Sustainable Living Institute – Will be offering courses and workshops on a wide variety of environmentally responsible and healthy living subjects.
* Earthworks Eco Business Incubation Program – assists a member with coaching and facilitation for business planning, research and development, sourcing, production, marketing, and management for eco enterprises. It also provides the shared use of facilities at the Earthworks Eco Business Centre.
* The Earthworks Festival is an annual celebration of sustainable living ideas products and services held at the Earthworks Eco Village.
* Earthworks CSA is our community shared agriculture project where members can prepay for a share in the production from our CSA organic gardens. Good Food Boxes are provided at regular intervals.
* Interm Accommodation will be private rooms in a portable building until the permanent facilities are completed.
* Earthworks B&B will offer bed and breakfast and hostel facilities for short term stays.
* Camping Discount reduces camping  fees to cost recovery levels (revised seasonal).
* Earthworks Permecology News is a monthly e-newsletter about sustainable living and Earthworks programs.
* Eco Products will be available through an online catalogue of environmentally friendly products.

BE THE CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE

Join us on our journey into creating sustainable and healthy lifestyles within our community. This is a grand opportunity to learn from the past, integrate with the present and create the kind of future that we all want.

If you are interested in Enterprise, Associate, or Residential Memberships please send a short bio to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with Earthworks in the subject line in order to begin the process of getting involved with Earthworks.

THE EARTHWORKS PROJECT IS  EVOLVING

Earthworks Project is continually evolving as new resources and participant become part of the project and perspectives are added to our vision. Please note that the above project summary is a working document and subject to modifications as the project evolves. It represents an  approximate picture of our current vision for the project and could become the basis for your master plan however it is not to be considered as more than a description of our current state of conceptual development and it will undoubtedly be subject to change as we are collectivley informed by the process of creating this community. We welcome all input and if you have ideas that might contribute please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

INFORMATION SESSION
An information session will be held soon at Earthwalk Eco Education Centre soon. They are generally held on Sunday evenings  For an invitation to the next information session on the Earthworks Eco Community call 905-355-3000 or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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