Welcome to EcoReality!
We are re-building our ecovillage on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. The ecovillage is a working model of co-operative, sustainable land habitation and use.
Although we have been operational since 2006, we have seen some difficult times. We have learned from our journey and over the last several years, we have focused on three primary activities.
- Ensuring the co-op remains financially viable through daily, hard-working farming to ensure the bills get paid and our vision remains alive.
- Using the excess funds to pay back former members (only a few more to go!), and
- With the first two goals nearly accomplished, getting re-organized based on what we have learned from the events of the past several years in preparation for our re-launch and expansion in 2021!
EcoReality Co-Op owns a 43 Acre Farm in the fertile Fulford Valley with two homes and current allowance for several more. This land features large, irrigated fields, riparian areas on two year-round streams, and young forest. It backs on the Burgoyne Bay and Mill Farm public parks, which protect nearly the entire watershed of the two streams, providing an ideal foundation to build our eco-community.
We are seeking resident-funders who share our vision and values, are ready to actively participate in the hard work of farming, and who are financially able to acquire the last remaining shares of former members. People of exceptional skill with fewer financial resources are also encouraged to begin a process of involvement that may ultimately result in membership and habitation.
As you explore this website, you will quickly discover that one of our core values is radical transparency — everything that has occurred in our co-op is recorded here! As such, we invite you to learn all about us and we welcome your questions and inquiries.
Visits should be arranged in advance here. If you are interested in work exchange, we may have opportunities for work-exchange visits from time-to-time, as well.
- EcoReality Co-op Members have issued a statement in support of the Wet'suwet'en in their battle to keep pipelines from crossing their land without their consent.
- Our new sign, in the works off and on for a decade, is finally hanging on the road! Many, many thanks for volunteers Gaia, Alex, and Leonard — as well as many others — who finally made it happen!
- Eggs in the incubator, with little chicks and ducklings arriving soon!
- We spend a month deconstructing and moving a 3,000 square foot glass and aluminum greenhouse from the University of Victoria to EcoReality, and will soon begin re-assembly!
- Soapmaking arrives at EcoReality, using our own goat milk for that extra-soft moisturizing quality.
About our plans
We have a small core group of financial stakeholders, our members, who are currently working on the structure and organization of the ecovillage, including documents on finance, ownership, governance, membership procedures, business plans, values, vision, mission, purpose, land acquisition, and much more.
The members are aided by a larger circle of friends, family, and interested people, known as our Advisory Council. Many of these dedicated folk hope to live in our ecovillage someday; others are simply interested in assuring our success.
We think it is important to like each other, and to be confident that we have shared values, so new members go through a six-month provisional member period, during which they take part in our consensual agreement-making, but do not have blocking power. Provisional membership can be terminated with thirty days notice by either the provisional member or the co-op.
About this site
This site is in the form of a wiki, which is a collaborative authoring system. Feel free to browse as you wish, but editing or adding pages is available only to EcoReality members and their Advisory Council, which you can join with no obligation if you would like to help develop content. There is a User's Guide for the software we are using that may help you navigate.
The next thing to do would be to visit any of the links to the left, particularly the entry points, which are pages that tend to refer to lots of other pages. Once you've looked around, if you think you might want to contribute to our evolution -- and possibly live in our ecovillage someday -- filling out a simple form will let you join in the fun as a member of our Advisory Council.
If you'd like to visit, please check out our visitor information, then check out our meetings, work parties and potlucks to find one that fits your schedule. We may be able to arrange visits at other times, but please contact us first.
Want to keep in touch?
We offer multiple ways to get involved with EcoReality, such as:
- Use the form at the top-left of any page to sign up for our low-volume emailing list. You'll typically get a newsletter once a month, and possibly a few special announcements in-between.
- "Recent changes" is automatically updated whenever pages on this site are changed. You can always find recent changes in the links on the left. Checking it each time you visit will keep you on top of what's happening.
- Advisory Council members who have activated their accounts have the finest degree of control, via automatic email notification when pages of interest change. Set your Preferences to enable notification, then simply click on the "watch" tab of any page you want to track, and you will receive email notifying you of changes to that page.
Thanks for visiting, and if you find this interesting please contact us!
Some ecovillage components
Some Recent Activity
See all recent changes via the Recent changes link here, or via the main menu to the left.
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