--VISION: Perennial Field Cohousing is a multigenerational, residential community of 6 clustered homesites with farming potential on 28+ acres. We are committed to welcoming diversity, egalitarian governance, respectful communication, and mutual learning, while managing the land with regenerative practices which encourage healthy soils, biodiversity, and water quality. Our intention is to contribute meaningfully to the lives of our members and to the local community, while having fun and being curious.
--WHAT'S AVAILABLE: Two remaining, individually-owned, 2-3 BR building lots (0.5 & 0.9 acres) within the co-housing association’s ~3.5-acre clustered housing sleeve with full southern exposure. Lot ownership includes joint stewardship of ~25-acres of common land (Perennial Field Project LLC).
--CO-HOUSING FEATURES: Each household pays dues to maintain the shared infrastructure (road, septic, water, electric, cable) and has access to the common land, which is predominantly pasture with a wooded boundary. Common land is available for community gatherings and shared interests (e.g., gardening, walking trail, art, fire pit, orchard, play, etc.). The co-housing members govern using consent decision-making.
--PROPERTY FEATURES: a perimeter walking path; a short walk to Curtis Pond (swimming, boating, fishing), Maple Corner Village (which includes the Maple Corner Community Center and Maple Corner Store & Whammy Bar), Kent Corner historic district, Calais trail system (biking, hiking, skiing); and a 10-mile trip to the capital city of Montpelier. Currently, ~15-acres of the common pasture land is leased for rotational cattle grazing.
--EXISTING HOMES: After planning for 3-years, four individually-designed, 2-BR homes were built in 2020. We are a young and emerging community. The homes are ~1500 sq', have full southern exposure, and include green building standards. We respect individual privacy while enjoying connections made in our village-like atmosphere.
--LAND & AGRICULTURE USE (Leasing Option):
As a member of Perennial Field Cohousing Assoc (PFCA) you are also a Perennial Field Project LLC shareholder. PFP LLC manages approximately 15 acres of pasture and 6.5 acres of woodland and woodland edge surrounding the housing envelope (see attached map). It is a part of the mission of this cohousing and LLC that the land be managed agriculturally, generally for positive ecological gain, and be available to its community members, whether through member personal use, farm business use, or otherwise. Details of leases and/or agreements for farm use are arranged with the other owners of the cohousing/LLC members through the sociocratic meeting process described in the bylaws.
General Attributes and Infrastructure of Ag-land:
-Approx. 13-acres in new 3-strand high tensile wire perimeter fence (currently under lease for grazing through 2022)
-Approx. 2-acres between fenced-in pasture and farm entrance on Worcester Rd.
-Approx. 6.5-acres of mixed hardwood; mostly between the housing envelope and the Worcester Rd. on the North,
but also the mature hedge surrounding the entire pasture.
-Separate farm entrance directly off of Worcester Rd
-No established farm road off Worcester Rd (yet); but solid level ground suitable for driving,
-Potential for establishing infrastructure (e.g., farm stand, high tunnels/hoop houses, green house,
processing infrastructure, barn, etc.).
-No separate farm electric currently in place (drawing from house on cohousing site)
-No separate farm water system currently in place
-Above ground pasture water system (1” poly-pipe) installed drawing water from a cohousing site
-Approx. 25+ years feed corn, transitioned to conventional hay crop last 25+ years
-Last 3-years of management intensive rotational grazing
Dina Lehrer & Eric Small