We have 7 members (4 men and 3 women, aged from 28 to 58, with 4 people in their 30s), plus 3 other residents who are considering membership.
Two families moved out in 2018, so for the first time in about 25 years we have no children living here (apart from one part-time 6 year old boy).
We live in a farmhouse, a barn conversion, 3 static caravans, and a wooden cabin.
In the communal farmhouse, there are eight bedrooms plus shared kitchen, dining room, lounge and conservatory.
The independent dwelling spaces allow greater personal space and choice.
We all pay rent and fuel payments to our housing co-op.
Our Work and Income
Many of us are self-employed, and work off the farm as well as on the farm.
We can rent areas of the farm in order to pursue our own projects and businesses. This includes outdoor plots and polytunnels for veg and fruit (for personal consumption and for sale through the weekly veg boxes); workshop spaces for tool storage or crafts (there are no crafts currently happening, but in the past these have included metal-work, pottery, stone-carving and woodwork); plus growing mushrooms on logs; and campsite, orchard, and woodland.
Half the group do paid horticultural work for two ex-members who now have their own land 12-15 miles away.
Other members do other paid work in the local area, such as footpath maintenance, gardening, or hair-wraps for tourists.
Not everyone works on the land.
We work together when we want to and need to.
Everyone is expected to do at least two hours per week of voluntary work for Keveral.
We usually have two community meetings per month which all members should attend, to discuss finances, work and other issues.
We aim for consensus, but we also have a voting procedure (which requires a two-thirds majority for something to be approved). This means we know we have to compromise rather than a small minority blocking something from happening.
New Members and Our Joining Procedure
We sometimes have vacancies for new members.
For more information, go here
The Occupancy Agreement
Everyone living here must sign our Occupancy Agreement - so you must agree with every word of it.
The main points in the Occupancy Agreement are:
- Co-operate with other members to maintain a mutually acceptable living environment;
- Not use language or behaviour that may offend or cause harm to any person due to their race, religion, sexuality, or disability;
- Refrain from bullying, intimidation, threats or violence;
- Have a commitment to engage in conflict resolution
If you do not agree with every word, you must say what you don't agree with and why. We may be able to make changes to accommodate your ideas.
The house-dwellers decide for themselves how they wish to live together.
Sound travels easily around the house, so noisy people may not be welcome.
We only occasionally eat together as a group.
We are not vegetarian - some of us eat meat, and we keep some hens. (We may keep more livestock in the future).
Communal areas of the house are non-smoking.
Other Rules and Policies
There are very few other rules and policies.
A Shared Vision - or not ?
We have rarely talked about this - but often talk about talking about it !
So we don't have a defined shared vision, but 3 objectives that we do all agree on are:
- to provide a reasonable standard of accommodation;
- to provide a safe and secure living environment;
- to manage the land according to organic standards.
There are different reasons why we each choose to live here.
We all want to make the world a better place, but do not often participate in campaigns or activism.
How Ecological Are We?
Everyone likes the idea of having an organic farm, but we often buy non-organic and non-local food.
Heating is by firewood (from Keveral and other local woods), and by gas central heating in half of the house.
Our electricity comes from a green energy supplier, but only one caravan is off-grid with it's own solar panel.
Eight of the ten people here have their own motor vehicle.
Visitors may come as personal guests, volunteers, prospective members or holidaying campers.
Sometimes we host groups who want to see what we do here, or who want to stay here while visiting the local area.
We have a Visitor's Barn, which has basic kitchen facilities, and a main room with a woodburner. It is used for events, courses, volunteers, campers and table tennis !