More Information

If you are interested in the project, we urge you to have a look at our core documents (below) and see for yourself how they may speak to you. They define the conceptual and philosophical interworking’s of the community. If you're invested in discussing the Commons, or perhaps curious about joining our project, please contact us directly. You can call us at (802) 434-4455 or email us at mark@windekindfarms.com

General Documents

  • Mission & Principles: link
  • By Laws:  link
  • Consensus Decision Making:   link
  • Design Standards 11-3-16: link
  • Land Use Zones: link
  • Impact Statement: link

Commons Administrative Documents

  • Design Deposit:   link
  • Questionnaire:    link

The purpose of us by Laws and the Design Standards, is to promote information gathering, idea generation, discussion and consensus decision making toward generating the best outcomes. The overall intent here is to establish that we are a community that adheres to defined principles that establish a path way and parameters that strikes an equitable balance between the rights and privileges of the induvial and the good of the community as a whole.

These documents establish clear limits and parameters, yet they also allow rather than restricts, encourages rather than suppresses.

A third document is a conceptual narrative on Consensus Decisions Making which is at the heart of how we practice our decision making. It is based on principles that go back to the ancient Greeks augmented by our own history and life experiences and the research about how it is practiced in advanced democracies around the world. In addition to its ideas, it provides a basic template for applying this process.

A forth document called the Land Use Zones. reflects our whole system design approach at Windekind that emphasizes that the placement of environmental and social elements (i.e. trees, open space, plants, social areas, buildings) is designed with the entire farm and all its many elements in mind. This is done, following Permaculture principles, because we seek to optimize the best relationships between elements with the least work and costs. One tool we use to implement this approach is to break the areas of the farm into 6 zones; zones are designated areas that tend to emphasize key environmental and social elements that succeed best in that area while they connect to other areas.

Creating these documents has been enlightening, helping us to better understand our visions and purposes while giving us the practical tools that we use now to make decisions and move forward.

These are “living documents,” over time they will change and evolve. Now they are the working tools fostering, as they should, discussion, sometimes debates and concluding consensus. We are utilizing them right now with considerable success because we are learning from the process, people take ownership of the outcomes, we are getting things done in a timely manner and having fun.