When Neighbors Remove Fences and Start Gardens (Video)

fences down community photo

Image credit: Peak Moment TV

From PassivHaus cohousing to the BedZED ecovillage, TreeHugger has covered a lot of different types of intentional community. Yet as was evidenced by my posts on the Findhorn ecovillage and the residential community at the Centre for Alternative Technology, it can be hard to find materials that delve into the nitty gritty details of how these places actually operate. That is where the good folks at Peak Moment TV come in. They've just released a fabulous video about what happens when neighbors in Portland rip up their fences, plant gardens in their driveway, and replace a garage with a chicken coop. It's awesome stuff.It should be noted that the community at Fosterville is not your typical intentional community. They don't appear to have a formal leadership structure, there is no official policy on consensus decision making, and there doesn't really seem to be much formality about anything at all. As would befit a community that started when three people decided to buy the house next door, and invite friends to live, the place seems to function organically and informally.

I doubt this kind of arrangement would suit everyone, but as someone who recently moved out of cohousing and into a normal residential neighborhood told me the other day, there is something very refreshing about community that happens unintentionally. As he put it, few of us go out to find an "intentional marriage", or an "intentional friendship", so why be so up tight about community.

Community happens. Deal with it.

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