Currently, we are 59 residents.
While we all have our own spaces, we get together in community in various ways.
Of course, the dorm residents, and Amrita shared house residents, interact in their shared living spaces on a daily basis.
The rest of us, who have our own self contained living spaces, meet the community neighbors coming and going, in the mail room, doing laundry, or gardening our individual plots, or other special activities.
Additionally, we have regular get togethers in work parties (e.g., compost processing every 2 weeks), while group gardening (1-2 times per month during the gardening season), or at community nights (for crafts, sewing, or games), as well as potlucks and events, such as movie nights (as scheduled by residents).
The community is organized as teams for special purposes and as interested by different residents:
Garden Team: probably the most consistently active team, meets every month year round to discuss all gardening issues, including the individual plot community gardens, the ornamental areas such as the butterfly, hummingbird, native plant, and rain gardens, wildlife habitat areas, food forest, orchard, and grape and berry patches.
Compost and Recycling: meets as necessary to discuss composting and recycling issues. Has held audits of the dumpsters to study ways of decreasing landfill waste. Also, organizes pickups of items being donated for charity.
Library Team: Lead by a retired librarian, this team has cataloged our community media collection located in the community room.
Sustainable projects team: meets monthly to review the progress of on-going sustainable projects. Here is an example of a recent sustainable projects progress report.
Web team: meets and works as needed to maintain the ecovillage web site.
Residents are also interested in developing community with our Portland neighbors. Several neighbors have plots in our community garden. Our community room is regularly used by community groups for various events. Our wood chip depot is open to any neighbors to help themselves to wood chips for their own gardening projects. We have developed a neighborhood interface area with bulletin board and public gardens. In fact, the development of this project was as part of a City Repair project which allowed us to introduce ourselves to many neighbors we had not yet met. One workshop participant actually lived here in 1962!
Creating Community Council:In 2016, we have been engaging in a Creating Community Council to foster more group sharing and decision making. As part of this process a Transportation Council has been developed to replace the previous Bike and Parking teams. The Transportation Council meets as necessary to discuss and make recommendations on any issues related to bikes, such as use of the repair space and tools, bike parking, and community bikes and bike trailers, and issues related to other vehicle parking. We are also developing a Mediation Council to help work through differences between individuals in a productive way.