Newsletter No. 5- November, 2000
The Whole Village newsletter is published on line to keep our friends, near and far, informed on how our project is progressing. For background information and previous issues, please visit our website at: http://www.wholevillage.org
After going through a major re-adjustment in the spring of 2000, the Whole Village initiative is once again moving rapidly ahead. Many of the original members of the Whole Village were unable to accommodate the move to Caledon and have moved on to other interests. The core group that remained spent the whole summer tidying up old business and, more importantly, laying the groundwork for continued progress. The incorporation of Whole Village Ltd. (note the name change from The Whole Village King Limited) has been completed, along with a comprehensive Community Members' Agreement and a set of By-Laws based on Keith McMillan's excellent work. And most significantly, we have signed a formal offer of purchase to acquire Karalane Farm, a 190-acre property in the Town of Caledon, where we will build the community.
Membership now stands at six families with several others
expected to join in the near future. We held orientation meetings
at the site for potential new members and other interested friends,
on August 20, September17, and October 15. If you are interested
in attending our next Orientation Meeting, November 19, 2000,
contact Jeff Gold at 519-941-1099, email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
While aimed primarily at friends, prospective members and new
members, these orientation events are useful for any member who
wants to know more about the history and organization of the
Whole Village. WV members can also conduct their own orientation
sessions for potential members.
In partnership with Cohousing Ontario, we manned a table and gave a presentation at the Natural Life Festival, August 5-7, in St. George, Ontario. This was a great opportunity to promote the Whole Village. We met a number of people who have since attended orientations and meetings. Jeff, Mary and Bev also spent several days at the CNE in Toronto, in the Environmental section, talking to people and passing out information.
In the last six months, members of the Whole Village have
attended the following conferences and public meetings: "Getting
It Built", sponsored by Cohousing Ontario, June 2-4; the
Planners' Network Conference, June 23; the Town of Caledon Round
Table on Agricultural Planning, May 11 and July 6 and the Environmental
Advisory Committees of Ontario Conference in Alton, September
30 - October 1. All of these venues are great places to meet
people and spread the news.
Jason Whitfield, a graduate student in Planning at the U of Waterloo, is researching the WV as part of his thesis on the planning issues surrounding ecovillage development. Jason is also studying Ecovillage at Ithaca and Cob Hill Ecovillage in Vermont. He has attended many meetings and events and is a great source of information on how other groups have dealt with the many problems and obstacles on the road to building their dreams.
Another student, Phillip Dunn at the School of Landscape Architecture, U of Guelph, is using the WV as a model for his masters' thesis. Phillip will produce a detailed site plan as part of his work.
Much of the organizing and development work of the Whole Village resides with our mandate groups. Some recent progress:
For more information, please contact us at:
Whole Village Ltd.
Phone: (519) 941-1099 Fax: (905) 833-2813