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North Mountain Community
NOTE: Map marker is approximated because of missing street address.
We are a group of like-minded individuals who practice and experiment with sustainability, self-sufficiency, community support and co-operation. We have individual households which we maintain financially on a personal/household basis; we collectively maintain shared resources such as the land (130 acres belongs to NMC, our dues cover land taxes and maintenance costs for shared resources ) including several fields and a large forested area, farm equipment (most all but the tractor needs some serious TLC), tools, barns, sauna, driveways/culverts, etc. The land has been pesticide/herbicide free since 1972 (and most likely much longer before that) and we keep it that way (ie. work with VDOT and power company to maintain own clearing of right of way along roads/power lines, have a policy of not using these chemicals, etc). Each homestead generally maintains their own food production, although we trade and share our bounty of our various endeavors which include currently (at the different homesteads) bee keeping, several goats, 1 cow (who is trying to get pregnant and milk), chickens, rabbits, veggie gardens (of course!), a perma-culture inspired forest berry garden. Community members meet about 2 times a month for meetings, but meet for social events (potlucks, bonfires, movie nights, equinoxes and other sacred celebrations). We do not push any food/religious/cultural practice on anyone other than reaching for sustainability and that is one thing we love about it here, we have independence to explore our hobbies without judgment and get to learn from everyone’s interests, such as car repair and welding! We just ask folks live as closely with the earth as their heart and mind needs, and as our oldest member says “live simply so that others can simply live.”
We really are not concerned with your personal finances, we wish money didn’t exisit. We just have to share the taxes on the property and the costs to upkeep the shared buildings/amenities/tools and land. We also ask that once you move into a community home or build a home, you maintain that home (though we are always down to help fix things together!) and maintain payment of the taxes associated with the structure itself. All structures and improvements to the land/buildings become NMC property, ie. if you build a house here you can’t sell it!
We all burn wood (dead fall from the land) for heat and try to limit electric usage as much as possible. We want to produce solar, but need more knowledge of how to do so on our electric co-operative. Come help us make that reality!
Must be accepted as provisional members, then live on the community for a minimum of one year. The community members will then, through consensus, grant membership status. The fees for the community include the land taxes and shared costs of land/outbuilding maintenance and are split between all members (and are very low!!). Housing is figured on a case-by-case basis, but provisional members have typically rented from the community for the provisional year then either moved into one of the exiting houses (costs TBD per membership/household, working with your needs) or built a structure (2 of our members live in yurts!).
Please email and we can set up a time for you to come visit. You can camp/stay in our guest house and exlpore some with a member and/or we can organize a gathering..or whatever you feel comfortable with!
Type of Village
AmenitiesCommunity Kitchen, Farm Equipment, Fire Pit, Sauna, Workshop
Community EventsBoard Game Night, Community Meals, Movie Night, Holidays
CultureAgricultural, Eco-Friendly, Permaculture, Sustainable
Lot Sizes (sq ft)
Number of Lots
|Forest, Treed, Mountain, Rolling Hills|
|Large Livestock, Small Livestock, Poultry, Bees|