About Elderberry Vision, Mission and Values
A New Vision for the Second Half of Life
A vibrant, beautiful,
community of elders committed to caring for each other,
sharing and celebrating our passions and skills,
creating a rural community “homestead” among gardens,
farm animals, and nature, on a path toward more
ecological living on earth.
To provide a comfortable and affordable home in the country for elders,
where we can make independent life choices, pursue activities of
interest, follow our spiritual paths, enjoy the benefits of a rural
lifestyle (animals, gardens, food production), form close and caring
relationships, contribute to others and enjoy life.
Whole Hearted Living
We practice living
together with kindness, generosity, empathy, compassion,
and honesty, using consensus as a tool to both make
decisions and to grow in our ability to see the gift in
ourselves and each other.
for Each Other
We relate to our community
as home and to each other as family; we care for each
other in times of need as a privilege and source of joy
rather than an obligation.
Living in a “Beehive” of Activity
We create a rich
and engaging environment for as long as we live. We
eagerly share our skills and passions, learn new skills,
participate in discussions, make music, create events
and projects, share meals and try things we’ve never
Living in Beauty
Our reverence for nature,
beauty and the arts, and the gifts of this earthly place
keep us amazed and grateful. We emulate nature in our
use of the land, creating garden habitats for birds,
butterflies, and pollinators, using methods and
materials that minimize harm, providing special places
of beauty for inspiration and spiritual reflection.
We know that physical
activity will keep our bodies working and give us joy;
we create an environment that calls us to action -
gardening, dancing, yoga classes, walking, laughing, and
A Handmade Life
We engage in the real and
productive work of growing food, raising animals,
preserving food, making tools, as often as possible
creating what we need rather than buying it.
The World Outside Our Boundaries
We seek ways to contribute
to and engage with our neighbors and the wider
community; we are an open-hearted, welcoming community
for each others’ friends and families who come to visit.