The ecovillage orchard has begun! On February 25 we started some root stock from our members’ Asian Pear and peach trees. We then retired for a potluck and a screening of “The Permaculture Orchard.” A great start!
Our annual Festivus celebration was a rousing success! Fourteen neighbors enjoyed a hearty potluck of mostly vegan (and mostly healthy!) fare, an engaging discussion on ecovillage living, some ridiculous music, and even a game or two. Thanks to everyone for contributing to the fun — this is what community looks like!
Over 30 people attended our first annual Celebration of Tiny Houses, where we gave tours of three tiny homes on a local friend’s property, enjoyed a potluck together, and had a screening of a tiny house documentary. It’s not hard to imagine having events like this on Piedmont Ecovillage property someday!
Piedmont Ecovillage hosted a talk by filmmaker and sociocracy evangelist Ted Millich (third from left) at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Members of the community visited the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach to learn how the Chesapeake Bay Foundation conceived and constructed one of the greenest buildings in the world.
We had a fun and busy Earth Day week meeting potential new neighbors at festivals in Powhatan and Richmond.
We’re in the hunt for suitable property to establish our ecovillage. Here are some of our members checking out a nice property in Powhatan.
We celebrated our first annual group holiday (“Festivus”!) with a potluck, games, and some tootling flutes.
Piedmont Ecovillage presented our vision at Richmond’s “Discover Cohousing” event.
A Piedmont Ecovillager and his tiny house were featured in the Style Weekly newspaper.
A few of our members made the journey to Maryland to learn how Heathcote Community works.
Once in awhile, you need to leave the business meetings behind and have some fun as a community. Here we are enjoying a day of party barges at Swift Creek Reservoir!
We shared a booth with our friends at Richmond Cohousing and met loads of great people at Richmond’s Earth Day event.
Our monthly meetings begin with a short introduction for new members and follow up with the business of setting up the community. Here are a couple photos from the March 2015 meeting held at Urban Farmhouse in Church Hill.
We made a community research trip up to EcoVillage of Loudon County.
A beautiful day set the stage for an enjoyable community picnic at Maymont Park in Richmond.