Piñon Ecovillage is a small, new intentional community working towards environmental
and social sustainability.
Piñon Ecovillage is located in Santa Fe County, New Mexico, in the fertile Pojoaque
(po-hwa-kay) Valley, 20 minutes' drive north of Santa Fe. Our land is at 6,000'
elevation, in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Piñon Ecovillage was
formed in March, 2001.
We have 4 types of membership at Piñon Ecovillage: Full
(communal living), Associate (rental cohousing), Intern (work exchange for lodging, meals & learning), and Friend (non-resident supporter). We currently have openings for
all types of members. (We are at maximum for cats and dogs right now.)
Our population has varied from 5-10 people since our inception. Once renovations are
complete (in 3-5 years), we plan to have a population of around 15 people.
We embrace diversity, feminism, multiculturalism, activism, alternative lifestyles,
nonviolence, cooperation, and caring about each other. We value energy spent on
improving interpersonal communication and deepening our connections to each other and the
world around us. We have a holistic approach to health care, seeking to integrate many
healing traditions into our lives. We are not a spiritual community, and have no common
spiritual belief. Rather, we support each other in following our own individual
Environmental Sustainability: In such a manner that
1) no resources in the defined
area are consumed faster than their natural replenishment, and
2) the enclosed
system can continue indefinitely
a) without degradation of its ecosystem or internal
b) without degradation of the standard of living of the people within
c) without contributing to the non-sustainability of ecosystems
Social Sustainability: practicing nonviolence, cooperation, interdependence, trust,
mutual respect, diversity, self-care and caring about each
Piñon Ecovillage will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race,
ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, educational level, class or
Piñon Ecovillage is a member of the Federation of
Egalitarian Communities (FEC) and the Fellowship for
Intentional Community (FIC).
Piñon Ecovillage is located on a 1.5 acre site with many large trees, including
plum, cherry, apricot, apple and pear trees, as well as cottonwood, spruce, juniper, and
piñon. We have spectacular mountain views from our village. We
also have 2,000 square feet of vegetable and herb gardens that provide some of our
produce needs, and we plan to increase our vegetable garden space next year.
Our buildings consist of a large old adobe main house, and 3 smaller adobe houses. The
main house, Aspenwood House, is where Full members and Interns live, and the 3 smaller
houses, Acequia House, Maple House, and Sunflower House, are where Associate members
All of our houses are in need of extensive renovation work, particularly the main house
(Aspenwood). When Piñon Ecovillage bought this property in February of last year,
the place was quite a mess. In the past 1.5 years, we have cleaned up and fixed up a lot,
replacing some plumbing and wiring, redoing some plastering, repainting several rooms,
installing vegetable gardens, pruning existing landscaping plants, and much more, but we
still have lots of work left to do. Our renovation plans include installing all new
roofs, new plumbing, new electrical wiring, and new interior and exterior plastering, as
well as lots of more minor improvements.
Our plans for later years, as time and resources allow, include: installing passive solar
features, solar panels, solar water heaters, roof water catchment, greywater recycling
systems, and possibly composting toilets. We strive to reduce our
reliance on the utility grid as much as possible, and eventually plan to use grid
interties to sell back to the utilities any excess power we generate with solar
We are a new community, working towards an ideal. We have not yet reached that ideal,
and we continuously seek ways to minimize our impact on the earth and its inhabitants. We
welcome feedback on how we are doing so far, and on ways we can improve.
On a daily basis, we all work pretty hard doing what needs to be done around here, from
renovations and repairs to gardening and landscaping to cooking and cleaning. We welcome
hard-working, pioneering souls who are eager to use their talents to help us with the
challenging, exciting, and rewarding work of forming a new community.
We buy mostly organic whole foods and bioregional, seasonal produce. We shop mainly at
the local farmers' market, our natural foods co-op, locally owned and operated
businesses, and environmentally and socially responsible businesses. We recycle,
compost, and use salvaged and local materials as much as possible.
In Aspenwood House (where Full members and Interns live), we keep a vegetarian household,
and share most meals with each other. Associate members are welcome to join in the shared
meals at Aspenwood House as much as they like. Associate member households are not
required to be vegetarian.
We have weekly community meetings during which we take time to share how we are each
doing, discuss any difficulties members are having, and decide our project priorities for
the coming week. We also have visioning meetings a couple of times a year where we check
on our progress toward our shared goals. We make major decisions by
At the village, members often hang out together, talking, laughing, playing cards and
games, reading quietly, going for walks, watching movies, and more. There are lots of
quiet places at the village to relax, enjoy the view, and watch the wildlife. The roads
around the ecovillage are good for biking, and there are nearby places to hike as well.
Just up the road from the ecovillage is the Pojoaque (po-hwa-kay) Wellness Center, a new
fitness center with a pool, sauna, weight room, basketball court, racquetball courts, and
yoga and aerobics classes.
Not far away is Santa Fe (20 minute drive) with its museums, art galleries, festivals,
workshops and lectures, stores, restaurants, dance clubs and more. On the rare occasions
one can't find someone at the ecovillage to carpool to Santa Fe with, there is a free
shuttle bus to/from Santa Fe/Pojoaque that runs 4 times daily. Click here to see its schedule.
Farther afield, Taos and Albuquerque (each about 1.5 hours' drive from Piñon) offer
various sights, including Taos Pueblo and Earthships in Taos, and the Nature Preserve and
historic Old Town in Albuquerque. There are shuttle buses from Pojoaque to both Taos and
Albuquerque that run a few times each day.
Contrary to popular belief, all of New Mexico is not dry desert. Located at 6,000'
elevation in the foothills of the Sangre de Criso Mountains, Piñon Ecovillage gets
an average of 14 inches of precipitation per year (desert < 8 inches). Winter is cold,
with temperatures ranging from 10-30°F at night, to 30-50°F during the day,
with occasional light snowfalls of 1/4" to 3". Spring and Autumn days are mostly mild
(60-75°F), and nights are cool (30-50°F). Summer daytime temperatures typically
range from 80-95°F, and at sundown temperatures drop to a refreshing 60-75°F.
Most of our rain falls during July and August.
P.O. Box 3537
Santa Fe, NM 87501-0537
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