GREEN ACRES PERMACULTURE VILLAGE is a retrofit intergenerational intentional community carved from within an existing suburban neighborhood in a college town. The evolving Village, currently featuring three adjacent homes with three residents each sharing permacultured grounds, with pathways and commons areas (two greenhouses, a workshop space, chicken house, shed, patio, gazebo, and brand new: a ten foot diameter yurt for visitors), offers itself as a tiny template for the transformation of suburban life in America.
Village rhythms feature both work and play. Featuring occasional workshops, weekly work parties, weekly Community Dinners, and seasonal celebrations, we both integrate internally and promote outreach to the larger community. To this end, we offer tours, plus sponsor and encourage WWOOFers, including Indiana University Interns and Sustainability Classes, to demonstrate and promote values that lie below money as far as possible. To this end we keep rents low, work together on projects, encourage each other’s self-expression and entrepreneurial skills, honor our communion with the living Earth, and aim to live and work in place inside a sharing economy that values both individual expression and community cooperation.
Established in 2009 by founder Ann Kreilkamp who dedicated the sunny side of of the just purchased house next door to her own for a Green Acres Neighborhood Garden, both our sense of community and our capacity for growing food have evolved organically over time. In 2012 Rebecca Ellsworth, an organic gardener for 40 years, joined us and lived here for nine years, before moving to Hawaii; from then on, the cultivation and preservation of food and value-added products for both Village use and sales, have taken hold.
In 2017 we were invited to establish a permaculture garden behind the house of a neighbor in exchange for part of the produce. Though the house was sold before the planting season, we view this kind of expansion as ideal, and in 2022 agreed to cooperate in the same way with a neighbor next door, refreshing their abandoned garden bed and planting tomatoes, basil and brassicas.
Green Acres Permaculture Village is networked with the Green Acres Neighborhood Association, Dandelion Village (the websites for the first two are somewhat dated), Bloomington Co-operative Living, Bloomington Council of Neighborhood Associations, Lost in the Woods Farm (Gosport, Indiana), NuMundo, and the Federation of Intentional Communities.
Read our directory listing for the Fellowship for Intentional Community here: https://www.ic.org/directory/green-acres-permaculture-village-current/