Rewilding Community FAQ
Do I have to contribute to the cost of land to build a small house?
If you would like to help us purchase more land, we will all benefit. However, this is not a requirement—we only ask you contribute to the increase in property taxes from your structure. Currently, our yearly total property taxes are around $4,500. With each additional structure we estimate an increase of $500.
How many people will live in this community?
This is a difficult question to answer. The number of people on the land depends on the needs of each household. There are a limited number of locations that will be suitable for solar-powered homes. So if every family needs electricity, the community will likely be limited to 5 or 6 structures. If a family arrives who does not need electricity, the community could increase in size. With that said, we do not want to stress the earth that we live in. There is only so much water and so much food within our valley. Additionally, we want to create some sense of privacy between the structures so we do not feel crowded as we transition into communal living. We also would like to account for future generations and leave room for the families here to expand. Keep in mind, as we purchase more land, the community could increase in size. And, all of this will be discussed amongst the community members as the community grows and develops new ideas.
What kind of people are you looking for to join the community?
Anyone who is committed to creating and sustaining a rewilding community. We recognize adjusting to community life will not be without challenges. Because of this, we hope to find people excited to communicate from a heart-centered place so we can resolve problems we may face in the future. We will all bring unique gifts to the community and we look forward to hearing from those of you who are excited to share your own gifts. We would love future community members to have a passion for primitive living skills. Wishfully thinking, we would also love some people who are more musically inclined than we are.
What will be the source of water and power for my structure?
We utilize the sun’s energy for our power. Both structures are equipped with solar panels. As for water, our main house is equipped with running water from a well. Sara’s cabin does not have running water but she harvests drinkable water from the brook.
Will I have legal rights to the land?
As much as anyone else living on the land. We envision creating a 501(c)(3) and placing the land in a land trust so we hold the land in common. Projects that create substantive change (e.g., harvesting of canopy trees) will require community consensus prior to activity.
Can I bring pets?
Of course. Currently, there are two friendly male American pitbull terriers living here so your pets ideally would get along with the dogs already here. However, for the sake of our local birds, we ask you do not bring outdoor cats.
How will children be educated?
We hope to home-school the children living within the community. Ideally, this responsibility would be shared among a few adults. What our "schooling" will look like in the future will be shaped by the children and their caretakers who live on this land.
What hunting and foraging gifts/resources/food are available on the land?
This land is the home to white-tailed deer, red squirrel, wild turkey, Canada goose, ruffed grouse, northern red oak acorns, various edible and medicinal mushrooms, blackberries, Indian cucumber roots, bracken ferns, fox grapes, and many other edible plants. These lives, which sustain our community, are there to be conscientiously harvested and shared.
Is there Wi-Fi at the community?
There is no Wi-Fi here. The main house has Internet access through a dish and you may connect to the internet through an ethernet cable.
Can I practice agriculture on the land?
We would love our community to participate in as much hunting and gathering as possible. However, we also recognize it could be a few generations until enough of us become proficient in these activities. In the meantime, we would love to do some perennial horticulture, gardening or other small-scale agricultural activities to increase our community resilience.