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The Community Vision

Village Hill Cohousing aspires to be a diverse, multi-generational community committed to compassionate living— through respect, kindness, and generosity for each other, the land, and the wider community in which we live. One mile from vibrant, downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, and surrounded by 400 acres of conservation land, we are creating an ecologically-sustainable neighborhood of beauty and peace where we support each other’s goals of healthy living and personal growth. We encourage mutual support and positive connections while honoring personal privacy. We seek to foster the belonging, meaning, and purpose that comes from sharing ourselves with others and celebrating life’s gifts with integrity.

Village Hill Cohousing Community Core Values: Compassion, Sustainability and Community

Compassionate Living

We cultivate compassion in our relationships by:

Communicating openly and directly

Assuming good will in all our interactions

Practicing curiosity rather than judgment

Committing to conflict resolution

Ecological Sustainability

We are committed to minimizing our environmental impact by:

Designing and constructing net-zero energy homes and common house

Using recyclable and recycled building materials, as feasible

Growing/supporting growth of organic food

Installing permaculture-inspired landscaping and plantings

Using non-toxic products and practices, where possible

Supporting healthful living

Recycling, conserving energy, using alternate modes of transport, sharing resources, buying locally, and simplifying our lifestyles

Community & Connection

We embrace an open and collaborative community through:

SELF-GOVERNANCE — We strive to include all voices and reach agreements that are acceptable to all. We seek a balance between multiple perspectives, values and ideals.

WORK—We commit to sharing the work of the community, contributing our time, talents, and effort to keep VHC functioning well.

SOCIAL CONNECTIONS — We honor and respect the balance between individual connection, community engagement, and privacy. We are committed to being good neighbors and developing mutually-supportive environments that encourage interaction while honoring individual needs .

SHARING — RESOURCES: We support sharing of resources among members (eg: tools, equipment, dogs). ACTIVITIES: We support sharing community activities (picnics, exercise, parties, childcare). COMMUNITY MEALS: Shared meals help build and sustain the cohesive community.

An Inclusive Community

We value difference and the richness it brings.

Our buildings and grounds are designed to be accommodating and adaptable.

Our community welcomes families and individuals of all ages. We rejoice in children, and honor and celebrate elders.

We include a mix of housing types, sizes and prices.

We are committed to promoting inclusiveness and respect for all. We welcome diversity of cultural and religious background, race, ethnicity, national origin, familial status, veteran or military status, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, and abilities within our midst, so that all may feel included and comfortable in our community.

Beyond Village Hill—The Larger Community

We seek to engage with and support the larger community.

Permaculture landscaping at Village Hill Cohousing includes fruit trees like peaches

Permaculture landscaping provides food as well as beauty

Mill river below Village Hill Cohousing site

Preserving our clean water is essential.

Village Hill Cohousing planning meeting members pose for a group shot

On the final day of the Site Development Workshop (9/6/14) some of the group present gathered around one preliminary plan to have a look and snap a photo for our albums.

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