SCI du Tournesol (Sunflower Co-housing) comprises a group of 4 companions (to date) who have purchased a property in a small hamlet near Champagne-Mouton in France, where there is an infant’s school, doctor, pharmacy, post office, and supermarket.
The property comprises a modernised 2-bedroomed house, with stone barns on both sides and a hangar, all facing into a central grassed courtyard, and we have started to convert one of the barns into two further self-contained terraced dwellings, with further similar dwellings planned as new members join.
The property was purchased as an SCI (Société Civile Immobilière), and the intention is that new members will be given an equal shareholding, with equal rights, matching the investment of the founder members, as they join.
Our aims are: ﾠ
TO LIVE A HEALTHY, MUTUALLY SUPPORTIVE LIFESTYLE.
TO LIVE A SUSTAINABLE AND LOW IMPACT LIFESTYLE.
TO WORK TOWARDS ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND THE COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO THE ABOVE.
We are working towards an ecologically friendly lifestyle, and to be self-sufficient where possible, but we also recognise that true self-sufficiency is very labour intensive, and so we try to achieve a sensible balance in order that we may also enjoy life. We have a range of systems already in place – composting bins, worm bins, aquaponics, vegetable and fruit production – and are constantly looking at ways to improve upon our arrangements, but also to minimise our impact on the surrounding countryside.
We are growing the majority of our food (vegetables and fruit), but we do eat meat, and intend to keep animals for food – we also intend to ‘farm’ fish as part of the aquaponics system.
We are looking for others with a similar outlook on life to come and join us, and membership is open to both investing and social members.