From the Articles of Incorporation, the purposes of this cooperative association are...
To purchase, lease, manage and maintain land and facilities for the benefit, health and well being of the members and the residential community as a whole.
To foster, encourage and cultivate lifestyles demonstrating the learning and living of cooperation, simplicity, creative expression, and, respect for one another and the natural environment.
To honor, steward, protect and enhance the natural environment, minimizing impacts of development on the land and maximizing open space.
To encourage and develop energy efficient, ecologically-sound living, learning, working and playing environments, using sustainable design, methods and materials.
To research, develop and maintain alternative, off-grid, sustainable infrastructure, including, but not limited to: common food, energy, water and waste management systems.
To establish, organize, equip, own, operate, manage, encourage, maintain, carry on and conduct endeavors including, but not limited to: member-managed agriculture and businesses, cooperative purchasing programs, publications, research projects and community artistic and cultural activities.
To provide a living context and example for educational demonstration of sustainable community living - socially, spiritually, economically and environmentally.
To engage in any activity and to perform and carry out contracts of any kind necessary to, or in connection with, or incidental to the accomplishment of its purposes as allowed by law for Cooperative Associations, for the mutual benefit of its members.
In addition to the Purposes stated in the Articles of Incorporation, we affirm and promote the following, based on principles of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, solidarity, and the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others and the Earth.
Belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person regardless of race, age, sex, financial resources, property, or income.
Respect for the right of all to express their own personal, social, political and religious beliefs about the nature of reality.
Concern about each other's well-being.
Sharing power and responsibility to shape our community through a consensus decision-making process characterized by a cooperative search for solutions which fulfill and protect the needs of all concerned.
Commitment to resolve conflicts without violence, to take responsibility for our own actions, to communicate directly and honestly, and to be sensitive to the concerns of others.
Stewardship of the land and ecologically sound use of natural resources.
The philosophy of EarthArt Village and guiding instruments, such as Membership agreements, environmental guidelines and others, may be developed by the Membership and adopted by Boards of Directors from time to time.