Welcome to Earthworks

Earthworks Eco Village Design Services

Earthworks Eco Villages is a professional incubation and design service providing project planning, design and development for intentional communities.

We do this through a development system which integrates the social, ecological and economic needs of each community. We have designed wide variety of intentional communities over the last 30 years, and act as consultants on a wide spectrum of community development projects.

A Time For Change

Our Time - Today we live in a world where poor decision-making has led us to dangerous exposure levels of toxins in our air, water and food, the seeds of modern disease have been given a clear path to grow. We are witnessing environmental changes that have put entire ecosystems on the verge of collapse.

It is easy to become disillusioned with the paths our culture is travelling. Yet it is also easy to see that it’s time to enact necessary changes in our own lifestyles, and in our communities.

"With the climate crisis and it's social, economic and environmental impacts, we are in for some significant changes to the very fabric of our society. This is the right time to prepare for those changes." - Garnet McPherson - EEV Visioneer

Planning Today For Your Tomorrow

Our Challenge - Many of us have had a dream of living in a world created by conscious decisions, which lead us to a point where the human footprint has a positive impact and actually restores natural systems. The desire is to be part of a community that is doing it “the right way”, and dealing with our social, economic and environmental issues in an enlightened manner.

Our Solution - By planning today for the world we want tomorrow we insure this and future generations will have a planet and a communities that can continue to provide what humans need to thrive.

Our Vision - "Earthworks envisions a world of empowered people and communities, designing pathways to a sustainable future, while building bridges of hope for the global biosphere and community." We vision a world where mankind can live in harmony with the natural world which provides us with our life support systems. A future where our communities provide sustainable and healthy places for us to live and to grow.

That dream is coming true, as small groups of committed people set out to create intentional communities with this vision in mind - Integrating the best practices for sustainable and healthy living into a holistic approach to community design.

Our Mission - Earthworks Eco Villages is a solution-focused, eco village design service providing information and consultation for those who are dedicated to demonstrating principles and practices of sustainability in their lifestyles and communities.

Our Plan - Earthworks provides planning and design services for eco-communities, and carry ongoing research projects into sustainable communities where we can walk our talk about how to optimally live on Earth.

The Earthworks-developed projects are designed to demonstrate best practice strategies for long-term energy and food security, while creating healthy environments for humans to inhabit.

Our Focus - Earthworks is dedicated to researching and developing sustainable-living techniques and technologies, including sustainable energy systems, organic food production, green homes, eco-enterprise development, eco-education and natural health.

Our Experience - Earthworks has been exploring solutions for the last 30 years which contribute to best-practice designs and templates for sustainable communities. The wide range of intentional communities we have designed have had many different purposes, but all have sustainable principles at their core.

UNESCO's Global Goals For Sustainable Development

We Develope Local Solutions That Impact On Global Issues

Creating an intentional community is a wonderful opportunity to optimize your family’s lifestyle, while having an impact on global issues at the same time. Through our intentional community incubation and design services, Earthworks supports and contributes to UNESCO's “Global Goals For Sustainable Development”.

One Community At A Time

"In a nutshell, Our Mission is to assist in the design and development of sustainable intentional communities."- Garnet McPherson

Our years of research informs our approach as we develop techniques and utilize technologies for sustainable agriculture, housing, energy, and resource utilization. Our projects demonstrate sustainable development principles, and are examples of optimized ecologically-based development.

Our plans apply permaculture principles to provide community resources that work with (and are inspired by) our natural support systems.

Edible Forest Landscaping is utilized in our villages, which provides vegetable gardens, herb gardens and eco-orchards around the structures we build. We also design larger scale sustainable cropping systems in organic fields which utilize various approaches that can maximize healthy and productive yields.

"Our techniques and technologies implement permaculture principles that meet the needs of residents within each project we design. We can help you plan and develop solutions based on sustainable economic and lifestyle models, that incorporate food and energy security as well as resources for education, eco-business, and recreation."

Just as in nature, where there is no such thing as waste, we also endeavor to make the by-products of human activities feed or fuel other processes within our projects and the natural systems that we are so much a part of.

We are well aware that our projects exist within a community of natural organisms who are engaged in mutually supportive relationships. When we design homes or communities using a permaculture approach, we create healthy relationships with local ecosystems. Earthworks has a philosophy that reflects our “declaration of interdependence” with the natural world.

Communities That Make Uncommon Sense

By planning communities that are designed around embracing and empowering the social, ecological and economic needs of each community, we create an exceptionally healthy canvas for the growth of both the individuals that live there and the community itself. Our real work is not about the landscapes, technology and structures we work with, its about creating extraordinary opportunities for the people and the community to thrive and live up to thier true potential.

We have been Developing Community Projects for over three decades.
Here are just a few examples or take a look at our current project for Goodlife Eco Village:

Living in any intentional community is a lifestyle choice and needs to be considered carefully as in general these communities offer much more than just a place to live. They can influence almost all the possibilities and directions that your life can take. It may sound like an easy choice to make but making a transformational life move often requires changes in expectations as well. For example: If you’re considering moving to an Eco Village, be prepared for the fact that many have specific criteria’s for membership you must meet and in some cases long waiting lists. However there are exceptions and often at the early stages of community development, a village can be much easier to participate in.

The location can also play a significant factor in the decision to move your life to an eco village. Many eco village projects are located in somewhat remote rural locations which is fine for many people. Our villages are designed to be quite comprehensive in terms of meeting the needs of it residents because we approach the community design process in a very holistic manner. But not often is an intentional community completely self sufficient in all things, and some folks are less comfortable in locations that may require some effort if they need access outside resources that are only available in urban centres. So we are also have designing eco villages to be located in urban environments for those that dont want to leave the city to find a healthier and more integrated lifestyle


A Recent Project - The Goodlife Eco Village

Once in a while, we work on projects that have the best of both worlds, like our recent design project which is located just a 15 minute ferry ride to downtown Kingston Ontario. If living a sustainable and healthy lifestyle in the country side but still having access to all the resources of a city near by would appeal to you, then the Goodlife Eco Village may be of interest to you.

It would be located on the largest of the beautiful Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River only minutes from all the resources of a major city but maintaining the healthy lifestyle of country living. This island is easily accessible by a year round all day ferry service to downtown Kingston.

The Eco Village is in a beautiful location on a peninsula surrounded with water views and with community waterfront access. It's land has never seen agricultural chemicals and was in the loving care of one family for over 200 years. This was an interesting design as it integrated multiple community land uses in what is a relatively small footprint yet still met the needs of its projected residents with a highly effective matrix of community resources.

Explore Sustainable Living

Explore these pages with the vision of “Sustainable Living” in mind, and read about human accommodations that live completely within their solar income. See the homes that are able to both heat and cool themselves. Discover how we build healthy homes that can eliminate toxins and carcinogens present in the average North American house. Read about interior greenhouses which provide fresh, organic produce throughout the year.

"With a little planning, sustainable structures can collect their own water, heat their own water, provide their own energy, and utilize their waste by-products efficiently. Save time, energy, and money by making good use of green energy." - Garnet McPherson

The bonus for local municipalities is that many of these features also reduce the load on municipal infrastructures.

Read about how these marvelous home designs fit into a holistic and symbiotic relationship with its landscape and the rest of the community. Read how these projects founded in permaculture principles are designed to meet human needs by using a nature-based approach to healthy and sustainable living without damaging the environment.

Read how by combining sustainable approaches to Agriculture, Education, Enterprise, Recreation and Culture, Earthworks enables truly healthy and sustainable communities and lifestyles.

Be The Change In Your Life

At this point in history, we cannot afford to get caught-up in endless debates about “doom and gloom” scenarios. It is time to create the changes in our lives that can make a difference to both ourselves and our planet.

Earthworks can design communities where one can live, work and play in harmony with the Earth, and enrich our natural ecosystems and society in a harmonious way.

Start Participating In Your Future

The future will be defined by our decisions today, so make your future what you want it to be.

Join us on our journey to create sustainable and healthy lifestyles within our communities. Planning an intentional community is a grand opportunity to learn from the past, integrate with the present, and create the kind of future that we all want. Earthworks can help!

"There are many ways to participate in Earthworks projects as students, volunteers, consultants, eco-businesses, suppliers, sponsors, developers and as shareholders."

If you or your group are looking for a healthy place to live or raise a family, or you have land that you want to develop into an intentional community, you have lots of reasons to talk with us.

If creating a sustainable future is of interest to you, then feel free to explore how you can participate in Earthworks projects. Simply drop us a note and we will be happy to connect with you!

If you would like to move to an Eco Village in the near future, then it may be a good time to take a look at our projects with a view to the lifestyle they can offer. Then take a look at the resources we designed into the plan for a recent project at the Goodlife Eco Village near Kingston Ontario. This will give you a sence of whether an Eco Village would be a good fit for you and your family. If you think it is, then simply let us know and we can keep you posted on any upcoming projects that you could participate in.

Take a look at some of the Intentional Communities we have designed.

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