We have 7 members (4 men and 3 women, aged from 28 to 59, with 4 people in their 30s).
There are 6 others living here who may become members.
There are currently no children living here.
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 campsite, orchard, woodland and mushroom growing on logs.
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 if consensus cannot be reached after discussion at 3 meetings, we have a voting procedure which requires a two-thirds majority of the members for a proposal to be approved.
This means that a small minority of the group cannot veto something.
Knowing that we may need to compromise means that we have always reached an agreement and have never needed to vote.
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 thoughts.
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 rarely eat together as a group.
We are not vegetarian - some of us eat meat. We do not have any livestock, not even hens, but we may have in the future.
Communal areas of the house are non-smoking.
Other Rules and Policies
There are very few other rules and policies.
Our Objectives and Vision
There are different reasons why we each choose to live here, but our broad objectives are:
- to provide a reasonable standard of accommodation;
- to provide a safe and secure living environment;
- to manage the land according to organic standards.
A Keveral visioning process in early 2019 concluded with this vision statement:
Keveral enables a thriving, intentional community now and for future generations.
We provide co-operatively managed housing.
We provide access to land that is managed organically and regeneratively.
We value ecological living and personal growth.
We provide opportunities for personal enterprises.
Our aim is to be a living inspiration through education and outreach.
How Ecological Are We?
We grow only a small proportion of the food that we consume, and 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. One caravan is off-grid with it's own solar panel.
Five of the seven members 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 plus a main room with a woodburner. It is used for events, courses, volunteers, campers and table tennis !