What's a Land Trust?

Once we’ve identified the right place, we’ll purchases a large plot of land and place it into an organization called a “Land Trust.” A Land Trust is owned collectively. A non-profit or board will manage it.

Ecovillage members will lease land from the Land Trust. There will be an initial buy-in costs for members (probably around $20,000 - $50,000) or a work equivalency arrangement. The trust will pay back the initial buy-in to members over the course of 30 years.

The cost to lease the land itself will be in the range of $50-300/month, probably on a sliding scale, with membership limits per category. Members will be responsible for costs of building their homes, and the home may be bought and sold, with a community approval process