Goshen Ecovillage

manufactured house in commonsOverview:

We have a 2 acre site within the city limits of Goshen, IN, currently occupied by my straw bale duplex, the superinsulated duplex, and the original house on the site, a mid-1980’s manufactured house. A new cob house is currently under construction.

The long term plan is to develop a central green commons and community garden which will have spaces such as a gazebo, fire circle, patio, and seating areas. The front porches of each house will face toward the green, making it the focus of the community. The houses will be cohesive in style, yet each being distinctly different. Currently, as is shown in the photo, the manufactured house and its driveway run right through the center of the future commons garden–I’m still trying to figure out the best way to address this issue. Currently there are one owner occupied unit and 4 rental units. In the longer term I would like to have a balance between owner occupied and rental units.

Current project:

A new hybrid cob cottage on the South-East corner of the site by Steury Ave.

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4 comments

  1. Janet Nichols

    Greg. You are doing some amazing things!!! Shawnda and I are inspired by you!

  2. Jason Rhodes Showalter

    Beautiful, creative, forward-thinking work! Thanks for the chat today.

  3. Hi Greg ! I talked with Dick Lehman, while looking for dried clay for our Elkhart Natural Building project….and got your phone number ! I will be in town at the Wellfield Botanical gardens on a natural building project June13-17 Hope to connect. 🙂 Deanne Bednar (cob cottage, thatching, strawbale studio ) 248 496 4088 Perhaps you could give me your contact info?
    https://strawbalestudio.org/event/natural-building-essentials-class-elkhart-indiana/

  4. I like what you’re doing.

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