Village Life

Living in our ecovillage means being part of a community & having an immediate, daily connection to people that are working to live more sustainably and with more awareness of the earth (see: Urban Ecology). It means working together to plant gardens or rehab housing and having fun together at community dinners and seasonal parties. It means living on a ridge surrounded by acres of woods and yet just a short walk from a major bus line. It means…something different to each resident who lives in the Village. Check out some of our favorite pictures (above) of life in the village and “meet” one of our residents, Suellyn.

I moved to the Enright Ridge ecovillage in April 2008, purchasing my little house when I reached ‘retirement’ age.  I was looking for a community where I could own my own place, know my neighbors and reduce my ecological footprint after a number of years living in the suburbs.  I love my 1300 sq. ft. almost 100 year old house where the land offers me a challenging opportunity to practice Permaculture.
My only constant companions on the place are the eight hens that share the small barn behind the house, but my 5 year old grandson enjoys visiting and playing with the many children who live on the block.  He also attends the Imago day camps up the street in the summer, and hikes with me on the surrounding trails maintained by Imago.

The chickens are one element of the Permaculture design I’m developing.  So far it includes a small amount of water catchment, fruiting shrubs, an apple tree, shitake mushroom logs, and many plants that enhance the land by attracting wildlife, reducing erosion, and improving soil fertility.  The chickens provide entertainment, eggs, and manure for fertility.

A great difference I’ve found from living in the suburbs is that so many of my needs for service can be met very close to home.  Within walking distance I’ve found a supermarket, bakery, post office, local bank, hardware store and auto mechanic.  The public library and a good barber shop/salon are only slightly farther.  I’ve also found a medical practice that fits my needs in Price Hill.

The first year, I took advantage of community garden beds at Imago to grow some of my own veggies, and now there is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program sponsored by the Ecovillage that supplies fresh veggies all summer.  The Cincinnati Zen Center rents the store front at the corner of W. 8th from the Ecovillage.  I walk there weekly to sit in meditation with that community.

My social life is rich with activities and occasions here on the street; both Ecovillage sponsored and casual arrangements with friends and neighbors.  It is also a warm welcoming place to invite friends and family from off the Hill.  It’s great that several recent newcomers to the village are young married couples and young singles who bring new energy to the place.