Welcome to Dancing Catamount Cooperative Homestead
Home. Food. Community.
Our mission is to collectively cultivate ourselves,
the land we are privileged to live on,
the essentials of food, medicine, and energy,
and a model of cooperative homesteading that can practically inspire others to transform their lives into meaningful connection and service.
How We Got Here
Dancing Catamount began informally in 2013 when the Little Green Family, consisting of Cecile, Daniel and Khalila, bought the property from its original owners. After a winter of hard work on the dwellings, we broke ground on the collective food growing operations in 2014. With one other steadmate, Ben, the next several years saw us slowly expanding to a total of our current 12,000 sf of growing space which approximately covers 80% of all of our produce needs for the year.
2017 saw the beginning of our formalization into a limited equity housing cooperative and the first few new member trial rentals. This year we're excited to offer new members the opportunity to purchase into the coop.
The Future We See
A world of interdependent small homesteading communities that enables loving care for each other and our beautiful earth.
At Dancing Catamount Cooperative Homestead, we understand the importance of growing one's own food for the sake of our climate, our own health, and the benefits of food sovereignty.
We also know that growing food collectively makes for more fun and ease. Being able to get away for a week or a weekend in the middle of the growing season no longer is impossible. The cost of infrastructure and equipment can be borne across many. And the relationships we build through shared work done well are a deep nourishment.
We're modeling what's possible when we grow collectively, and making the path easier for others who see the investment in their community's ability to grow food and care for each other as the one of the most important investments of our time.
kindness, empathy, and solidarity
democracy, equality, and fairness
health, grit, and accountability
beauty, goodness, and truth
joy, art, and expression of the human potential
We are committed to undoing racism and oppression in ourselves through our own personal development and in our community through the ways in which we share power and welcome differences. We are an ethnically diverse group with significant international life experience and we seek to increase our diversity as a community.
Month to Month Trial Memberships
Gorgeous 2 Bedroom
Two bedroom, one bath, 1125 sf top floor apartment in quiet location with stunning views of the Worcester Range. Located on well maintained dirt road, 5 min drive to Worcester Village, 20 minutes to Montpelier, 50 minutes to Burlington. Renovated with beautiful hardwood floors and lots of light. Partial furnishings negotiable. Hiking and skiing out the back door and access to wood shop and laundry facilities.
We are a cooperative homestead with gardens that supply most of the produce needs for the year. This is an opportunity to rent while exploring the option to buy into the coop as an owner, including participating in the food growing operations (we grow food only for ourselves not for market.) Gardens have chickens, two beautiful Maine coon cats, and a cute as heck little dog called Tobin. $1500 plus utilities that range from $300 to $650 depending on time of year and usage. Available May 1st, 2020.
Cute and cosy 1 Bedroom
One bedroom, one bath, 475 sf apartment in a quiet location on a well-maintained dirt road, 5 min drive to Worcester Village, 20 minutes to Montpelier, 50 minutes to Burlington. Hiking and skiing out the back door, access to a woodshop, gardens, and laundry facilities. $800 plus utilities that range from $150 to $300 depending on the time of year and usage.
We are a cooperative homestead with gardens that supply most of the produce needs for the year. This is an opportunity to rent while exploring the option to buy into the coop as an owner, including participating in the food growing operations (we grow food only for ourselves, not for market). Gardens have chickens, two beautiful Maine coon cats, and a cute as heck little dog called Tobin. Please inquire regarding availability.