|Resources for Very Small Group?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sheila Oakes (sheilacrazycat.org)|
|Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2008 23:58:28 -0800 (PST)|
First timer here...I am a part of a small group (five "families" - single male, another single male, two families of 2 and a family of 4). There are 6 adults and 4 children. We pounced on the opportunity to buy this land from the couple that lived here for decades and now we are dealing with trying to define our structure, etc. more than a year after the fact. We have about 3 acres, most of which is farm and fruit trees. We very actively farm the land and plan to use this for more significant income in the future. 4 houses on the property. Two families own the land (deed is in their name) and three families are "renters", for lack of a better term. We are not a group looking to grow. We will replace anyone who decides to leave, but we're not interested in expanding. Part of our vision is also community involvement to restore the creek in our area. We offer activities and education on our land and plan to continue this sort of community outreach always. We have met with lawyers, co-op housing experts, etc. to try to figure out how to best structure ourselves. Nothing really seems to fit. We set up an LLC and we're not interested in also setting up a non profit. We plan to subdivide the land (all one tax lot today) so that each of us owns our own homes, but we want the common area and farm to be owned by the LLC. I've searched the IC pages, this listserv, and whatever I can find, looking for other groups to base our structure on or just get ideas on bylaws. It seems like all the resources I find are about well-planned co-housing developments with lots of structure or cooperative farms where everyone is sharing everything. I realize we don't need a fancy structure and that we could cut down the bylaws to fit us, but I sure would like to find some other very small groups to talk to. If anyone can point me in the right direction, or point out a large oversight on my part, I would sure appreciate the help! Thanks in advance. Sheila Oregon
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