Location - 17 Miles Due East of
The Center of Atlanta, GA
Size - 52 Acres - Stage I Hamlet Village - 35 Persons Larger Stage
II Village - 80 Units or Approximately 200 Persons
Village Hamlet - 5.2 Acres, Agriculture - 8.0 Acres Total, Wildlife Habitat -
Water Resources - Well (over 100gpm), Wesley Branch Creek, Stone Mountain Creek
and Yellow River
Hunter/Gatherer Habitat - Numerous Deer, Wild Hogs, Turkeys , White Oak
(acorn flour) and Red Oak, Hickory. Wildlife ranges from
over 1,000 adjacent acres of adjacent habitat.
Development Status - 3.5 Years Into Planning Stage
Principle Developer - Lacy Thompson, Jr.
Principle Site Planner - Greg Ramsey - Village Habitat
Note: This Doc Being
Actively Revised 11/19/2011-11/20/2011
Goals: Collapse Aware Resiliency At The Hamlet / Village Level - The
The European Village model has provided an extremely
high quality of life for millennia, long before the industrial or oil age.
The French villages of Vaugines and Cucuron in the Luberon were studied and
relevant aspects implemented into the plan. While most attempts at
resiliency are focused on individual homesteading arrangements with a local
economic interaction, the goal of this project is to create a larger scale
integrated economic model capable of meeting all critical needs internally.
Dmitry Orlov has stated in "Reinventing Collapse" that the
necessities of Food, Shelter, Transportation and Security became the preeminent
concerns. When collapse occurs, the birds and squirrels won't be
aware of it because they are not dependent upon the economic system. In
twenty years even under the best possible collapse scenario being helplessly
dependent upon an external system for your water, food, energy, shelter and
other necessities will look incredibly foolish and shortsighted. The
strategy of parking your economic surplus in the stock market and sitting on
your ass expecting your portfolio to "work" for you is going to look ridiculous
and morally dubious. It's going to look far smarter moving forward
to invest in community and part ownership in a farm , transportation and
community infrastructure that can provide the necessities as well as your
There is safety in numbers, ergo the village approach.
The property is at the end of a dead end street . Such locations are
poor targets because if the police or other help get to the top of the road,
nearly a mile from the Stage 1 Hamlet, there's no where to go by vehicle.
On the north east the property is bounded by Stone Mountain Creek and on the
east by the Yellow River. The property to the northwest is Stronghold
Christian Church (70 acres) and
to the south a 90 acre parcel owned by Steve and Nancy Edwards. The
property is gated with multiple sensors capable of detecting automobiles as well
as closed circuit TV and motion detectors. The surrounding
neighborhood is a safe stable area and few people are aware of the property
because the gate is kept closed.
There are a total of four food growing strategies. In a
addition to organic agriculture, permaculture is the primary model. The grass /
animal techniques of Joel Salatin as well as the Vermiculture and Aquaponics
techniques of Will Allen at Growing Power are in the process of being
A Pedestrian Oriented Village/Hamlet With a Community Owned Fleet
of Lease on Demand Vehicles ( Approx 1 vehicle for every 4 driving age
residents ) Parked at the Entrance of the Village. All Internal Streets
are Pedestrian / Bicycle / or Low Speed Electric.
A Community Owned and Managed Agricultural Operation Incorporating
Multiple Leading Edge Agricultural Paradigms Including
Permaculture (Carbon Farming),
Organic Gardening, and Ideas Pioneered by Joel Salatin of
Polyface Farms and Will Allen of
Growing Power. The Goal Is
to be a Net Exporter or (In Dollar Terms) I.E. More Than Self
Sufficient. Resident-Owners Benefit From Higher Quality Produce at
Reduced Prices and Control Over The Destiny of Their Food Supply.
A Community Owned and Managed Village Center Including Village
Deli, Coffee Shop, Mailing Center, Community Center and Commercial Mixed Use -
Live/Work and Rental Space Geared Exclusively To the Internal
Needs of the Community. You Might Call It "Life Support" Because That Is
The Goal.... To Support The Lives of the Community - Owners. The
Goal Is To Provide Support Within The Village of Essential Services
and Eliminate 90% of the Need For the Use of Automobiles.
Of all the measures of our ecological "footprint" on the
planet, perhaps none is simpler and more useful than simply the amount of
dollars our lives inject into the external economy. The automobile
centric concept of suburbia is perhaps the most energy and time wasteful and
wildlife habitat destroying design one could possibly create. The
automobile is the third largest expense the average family faces consuming
approximately 16% of household income, ahead of food at 11%.
Most things that are good for the environment, consuming less
energy, eating locally grown food, greatly reducing automobile miles driven,
because they are more efficient, should be better for our economic welfare as
It's the design premise that precisely because our
current suburban model is so wasteful, that there is a tremendous opportunity to
design a far more efficient model incorporating the ancient and time
proven pedestrian Village models and combining those with the exciting new
paradigm shifts occurring in agriculture, along with the latest energy saving
housing designs, to create a modern day village with a far higher quality of
life at an expense that is less than the designs we currently have in place.
Community As Investment.
The best investment is one that improves your quality of life
and lowers your direct cost of living in the process. Instead of the
food budget being only an expense, it is now an investment. The farming
goals of the community are to provide fresher, healthier, more flavorful,
environmentally responsible, and generally lower cost produce than is
available through the current supermarket avenues. Over time with
rising energy costs the economic benefits should increase as food costs are
rising far faster than the overall rate of inflation.
A community operated deli provides time saving value
added prepared produce and profits from the internal operation are reinvested in
community support systems and rebated back to the community proportionate to
your purchases..... the more you use the services, the greater your
costs are reduced.
Stage I - Hamlet 35 Individuals - Community Owned Farm - Deli / Restaurant
/ Pub /Theater / Transportation / Workshop
The pictures below are not
from the Village. It hasn't been built yet. They are illustrations of the
spaces that I feel must be included even at the Hamlet level to support a
healthy human social and spiritual existence.
Community Night Life