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Building a Transition Town from the Ground Up!

 
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Building a Transition Town from the Ground Up!

BIG PICTURE:

In case you're unaware, over 1 million Americans own their homes through housing cooperatives, saving thousands of dollars. Also, nearly 2 million American farmers are member-owners in over 2,000 agricultural cooperatives, which offer them wider markets and cost savings. Our modern homesteading community combines both for double the benefits for families looking to live off-grid and off-oil.



SUMMARY:

The Riverbed Ranch is a 250-family, online-but-off-grid, modern homesteading community located in Utah. The community is for families that are determined to live a more self-reliant / self-sustaining lifestyle.
Most of the families that join our community join for one of these reasons:

1. To live a lifestyle independent of mortgage, power, and water bills.

2. To live a healthier lifestyle, eating pesticide-free food and breathing clean air.

3. For safety, either from things now, or things that may come down the road.

4. To create a place where their family can all live, learn and work together.

BENEFITS:

Your $20,000 gets you:

1. Two acres at the Riverbed Ranch modern homesteading community (you get a land cooperative's equivalent of a title, it's called a “proprietary occupancy agreement” and can be bought and sold). Over 1 million Americans own their land and homes through land co-ops.

2. Two acre-feet of water rights (that's 651,702 gallons of well water a year),

3. A vote in the cooperative,

4. Opportunity for group purchases of products and services needed to build your homestead.

5. Opportunity to sell your products and services through the co-op,

6. First stab at job openings within the cooperative, and

7. The opportunity to spearhead the creation of sub-cooperatives to provide jobs and goods and services to the co-op members and/or outside customers.

8. To live around 249 other families who are determined to live self-reliantly.

FEATURES:

The Utah OSR Land Cooperative's Riverbed Ranch modern homesteading community will feature:

• High-speed fiber optic Internet by our partner Beehive Broadband,

• A K-12 school, and other community services (listed below).

• A future BMX bicycle course for kids to enjoy,

• A greenbelt area running up the middle of the community, including a hiking trail, honeybee-friendly trees and bushes, a road, and maybe someday, a creek.

• An RV and camping park. This way, shareholders who so choose can live in the RV park while building out their homestead. And later, guests can stay and enjoy the community.

• Co-op store for importing and exporting goods.

ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICES

Similar to an industrial park, the Utah OSR Land Cooperative has set aside 40 acres for the following

privately owned and operated services (which will likely all be staffed by local residents):

1. Academy of Self-Reliance higher-learning campus, including a ropes course.

2. The OSR K-12 campus,

3. Assisted Living / Retirement Home

4. Whole Health / Life Coach clinic

5. Child Rescue Home

6. Young Mothers Home

7. Equine / Canine Therapy Barn

MORE INFO:

• Watch a intro webinar here:  https://bit.ly/OSR-peaceful

schedule to attend one of our tours.
 
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This is fascinating, do you know of other transition towns starting? I’m not ready to be in Utah , I’m in Tennesssee.

Thanks

 
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Bethany Fancher wrote:This is fascinating, do you know of other transition towns starting? I’m not ready to be in Utah , I’m in Tennesssee.

Thanks



Once Riverbed Ranch (the Utah OSR Land Co-op) is self-governing, we'll likely build another in Idaho, then likely Arizona, then Alberta, Canada, and Wyoming.
Assuming the USA is still functional, of course.  
 
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I'm going to read up on it more, I just saw your post this morning. Did I see horse therapy barn listed as one of the things in the community? I might have to move there....at least visit and check it out. Love this idea.
 
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It looks like only 10% of the water rights are given to families. Do you know if it is possible to purchase additional water rights?
The offered 2acre feet of water is only enough for half an acre of garden/orchard. But some has to be used for the house too, so probably closer to just 1/3rd of an acre of garden/berry space
 
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Bethany, the equine therapy barn has been planned from the beginning of our project for the community's "downtown" area.
It will have to be privately funded and operated, as will the other 6 special projects (K-12 school, child rescue center, young mothers' home, etc.).
The co-op will provide all 7 special projects with land and water.
You certainly would be welcome to visit when it's up and running!
 
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I see from your website that you do learning webinars, etc.

Are you also planning on doing the permaculture community stuff such as PDC and/or PEP/SKIP?

Also, do you have a place for visitors to stay?
 
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K Eilander wrote:I see from your website that you do learning webinars, etc.

Are you also planning on doing the permaculture community stuff such as PDC and/or PEP/SKIP?

Also, do you have a place for visitors to stay?



Thanks for letting us know about PEP\SKIP ... Perhaps it would be necessary to add another badge about HUMAN ... The only species that is not functioning according to natural lows is our humanity. Understanding how we are functioning ... recovering our right hemisphere so we get to act according to what is right for all and for us ... working and expressing oneself within you original and personal '' niche ''  ... for us it is crucial. Human Permaculture design help us to reorganize ones Life Design

We are in Quebec Canada ... and also work in the World ... Yes we have place to stay for long term apprenticeship in South India

 
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S Bengi wrote:It looks like only 10% of the water rights are given to families. Do you know if it is possible to purchase additional water rights?
The offered 2acre feet of water is only enough for half an acre of garden/orchard. But some has to be used for the house too, so probably closer to just 1/3rd of an acre of garden/berry space



Sorry, we live in Quebec Canada... and we dont have such limitation ... See permaculture water management steps... Re use the water two or three times   It will increase your quota ...
 
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