Full & Residential Membership Process

The following steps are to be completed by the applicant in order to be considered for Source Farm Residential Membership.

Step 1

1. Complete the Residential Membership Application and submit the document along with a non-refundable application fee of $200.00. Please submit the document and the fee at any Source Farm General Meeting or to any member of the Source Membership Committee.

All Residential Member Applicants will also need to submit a personal biography, personal vision statement and complete membership questionnaire. Please follow the format similar to biographies and vision statements which are posted. Your biography and vision statement will be accessible only to current members of The Source Farm Foundation.

2. The applicant is required to read all biographies and personal vision statements of current members and applicants of The Source Farm Foundation.

3. Read and Agree to The Source Farm Foundation’s current Vision Statement.

4. Read and Agree to The Source Farm Foundation’s current Mission Statement.

5. Read and Agree to The Source Farm Foundation’s current Guidelines and Policies.

6. Read and Accept The Source Farm Foundation’s current Membership Covenant

7. Read at least the past 6 months of The Source Farm Foundation General Meeting Minutes. (From the date of this application)

8. Read and Agree to The Source Farm Foundation’s current Decision Log.

9. Attendance at 3 General Meetings within 3 months of the date of this application is required. If you are off island you can participate by conference call.

10. Read the following books, handouts and articles.

Please complete the Q & A for these reading materials.

Membership Committee will forward you these Q & A

* Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, Diana Leafe Christian

* A Guide to Formal Consensus by C. T. Bulter and Amy Rothstein http://www.ic.org/pnp/ocac/

* Ecovillage Newsletter- http://www.ecovillagenews.org/wiki/index.php/The_Ecovillage_Movement_Today http://www.gaia.org/gaia/education/living/

http://www.permaculture-magazine.co.uk/articles/articles_61.html

Once all these requirements are fulfilled a vote will be taken at the next Source Farm Foundation General Meeting. Once the applicant has been accepted to be an Applying Residential Member a $800.00 fee is paid within 3 weeks after the date of the General Meeting at which the applicant was approved. The fee is non-refundable. This fee is not payable if the member is denied.

If the member is denied he/she can request a meeting with the Membership Committee to discuss the challenges the group had with the application. It is up to the discretion of the Membership Committee to allow the applicant to reapply.

Step 2

Please submit the following items in order to be considered for Full Membership.

1. Provide a letter stating how the member will pay for the leasing of the lot.

2. Provide 6 months of bank statements or financial documents assuring funds available for land lease, relocation, and home construction at The Source Farm Foundation.

3. Read and Agree to the Residential Lot Lease Agreement.

4. Read and Agree to the Source Land Use and Common Rights Agreement & Source Building Guidelines

5. Read and Agree to the Source Farm Foundation Land Trust By-laws

6. Read and Agree to the Source Farm Foundation Good Neighbor Guidelines

7. Read and Agree to the Termination/Exit Policy of The Source Farm Foundation.

8. Reserve a specific lot with a down payment of 20% of the Residential Lot Lease Fee. (Example 20% of $30,000.00 the current lot lease fee is $6000.00) Sign all required paperwork to reserve requested lot. This can be done anytime after the submission of this application, but must be done within 30 days of Residential Applying Member approval or within 30 days of informing the Membership Committee of your intention to transfer from Applying Member status to Full Member status. The lot deposit is completely refundable. Refund requests go on a waiting list and are repaid as soon as another deposit from a new party is received (see Refund Policy).

9. Attend and Pass the Consensus Training

8. Attend and Pass the Permaculture Workshop * This workshop will aid in the designing process of your dwelling.

9. Submit a building plan for your house to The Source Farm Foundation Building Committee for approval. * After Full Membership Status has been granted you will need to submit the building plan to the St. Thomas Parish Counsel for regional approval.

10. Applying Members are required to work 10 hours per month on Source Community Projects.

* See monthly listing for available community project hours.

11. Applying Members shall attend General Meetings and Committee Meetings. They may contribute to these meetings however will not be permitted vote until they become Full Members.

12. Read the following books, handouts and articles.

Please complete the Q & A about these reading materials.

Membership Committee will forward you the Q & A.

* Finding Community- How to join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community by Diana Leafe Christian * Beyond You and Me, Kosha Joubert & Robin Alfred, Editors. Green Publishing, 2007. The “Social Key” ecovillage anthology produced by GEN’s Ecovillage Design Education (EDE) Program. Also available as a download. * “How Ecovillages Can Grow Sustainable Local Economies” http://gen.ecovillage.org/iservices/publications/articles/cmag133_dawson_economies.pdf

* Life and Debt Directed by Stephanie Black (DVD)

* Food Matters by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch 80 min. DVD

Can be downloaded from internet

*The Source reserves the right to conduct background checks.

*The Source Membership Coordinator will assist Applying Members with any questions, concerns and in gaining access to documents necessary to complete this application.

I agree to the above terms:

Applicant’s Name:______________________________

Date: ______________________

Applicant’s Signature: ______________________________________________________

For The Source Farm Foundation Use:

Date Received:__________________ The Source Membership Committee: ________

*The section below is not filled out until application steps above are completed.

Do not sign/date the section below until time of membership voting.

By signing below, I acknowledge that all membership application (above) items are completed and agreed to.

Applicant’s Name:______________________________

Date: ______________________

Applicant’s Signature: ______________________________________________________

For The Source Farm Foundation Use:

Date of Membership Decision:______________ Decision Reached: approved rejected (circle one)

Type of membership: Applying Full (circle one)

*Thank You White Hawk Ecovillage for sharing your documents.