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#1 of 6 Old 02-23-2010, 01:20 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We are still working on relocating to south of Minneapolis. I am starting to wonder if there are any Intentional Communities in the area. We are sending our two kids to a charter school. I've applied to 3-5 charter schools. The ones I'm leaning toward are near Faribault and Northfield. Rice and and Scott counties. Another school is in Chaska, Carver County.

We want a place we can garden, have chickens, maybe a few acres. Still want to go to the city for work and entertainment.

Do you know any Intentional Communities or interesting towns I should visit? Any contacts of people trying to start an IC?
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Welcome to the area (or soon to be here)! I am a board member of a charter school and worked there as well for a year. Minnesota has a great variety of charter school options.

I am not very familiar with the South side of the Twin Cities. But I hope you find what you're looking for there. I hope others have some info on any possible communities, I'd be interested to see if there are, too!

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Welcome to the area (or soon to be here)! I am a board member of a charter school and worked there as well for a year. Minnesota has a great variety of charter school options.

I am not very familiar with the South side of the Twin Cities. But I hope you find what you're looking for there. I hope others have some info on any possible communities, I'd be interested to see if there are, too!
i would be very interested to get more info about charter schooling from you!

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I'm a little in the dark, what constitutes an Intentional Community, especially to you? I could maybe tell you more about Northfield if I better understood what you are hoping to find.

I still have contacts at Prairie Creek you could talk to if you want to, I didn't hear back from you about that in your other post. The head lady at STEM also goes to my church, although I don't really know her on a personal basis. Is there anything you would like to know from her?
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If you're looking for acreage, I'm not sure if cohousing is something you're hoping to find, but here are a couple contacts concerning that:

http://northfieldcohousing.org/

http://sustainablecommunitysolutions.com/buffalocommons

Come to think of it, Bruce Anderson of Buffalo Commons and Elizabeth Hutchins, who does some of the Norcoh blogging, both go to my church, too. I'm detecting a trend here...

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I didn't even look at your post before because I don't know of any intentional communities in my area.

However, I personally have many of the things that you're interested in. I live southwest of the twin cities. I live on a few acres in the country, raise chickens, garden, and will probably get some bees this spring My DH works in Eden Prairie, which is a 30 minute drive.

My kids attend a FABULOUS little charter school, which I also work at. So I'd be happy to answer any questions about the school.

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