Ready FL Community’s goal is to establish a completely self-sustaining complex for our like-minded members to live comfortably and more self-fulling lifestyle. Members will work collectively to ensure the overall success of the community by assisting with the Aquaponic Systems, Livestock Programs, CSA, and other projects/departments (based upon their unique set of skills). Each potential member (and their immediate family) are carefully assessed to determine their skills and ability to benefit the community as a whole.
With the tremendous amount of cost and amount of labor needed for each new project, it is impossible for Ready FL Community to pre-construct these complexes without members ready, willing, and able to commit to contributing both to sweat-equity in the form of Community Credits & Assigned Responsibilities and financial responsibilities for their portion of the co-op. Thus, each new amenity/structure will be brought online as we grow our community and place we call home.
At Ready FL (RFL), we understand how difficult it can be to live sustainably and responsibly within modern US culture. We believe that we can work to build a healthy alternative: a social structure that is both non-exploitative and vibrant. As our village grows, we see this ideal take shape more clearly every day: a diverse range of people living ecologically sound lives in a community that truly serves as an example of positive human action within the natural world.
Ready FL’s compound is nestled in a small discrete town in Suwannee County, Florida. This town was carefully selected so that the village would be located in the lowest wind zone rating area in the state of Florida. Because of that our risk from hurricanes is significantly lower than other communities (especially coastal communities). Our community is also conveniently located between several major cities and is an easy commute to Lake City, Gainesville, Jacksonville, and even Valdosta, GA!
We are now deep into pioneering—constructing buildings, fields, and trails while continuing to plan and develop future community structures and amenities. There is an ever-increasing emphasis on internal economy, which includes bartering and an internal bartering system. We are actively seeking 8 to 12 new members to come on board and start our journey together. Eventually, we envision to have 50 to 100 hand-selected individuals living in or around the RFL compound.
As you might expect, ecological sustainability is the primary focus of our long-term vision and our daily lives. Residents must agree to follow ecological covenants and sustainability guidelines. Overall, we eat an ever-increasing amount of local, organic, and in-season foods including many home-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, nuts, and meats!
Diversity is an important element within our human population as well. Our community is composed of individuals & families, in an income-sharing community. We look forward to having other sub-communities join us and we encourage the development of co-housing and cooperatives. To allow for economic diversity and simple living, we keep lease rates and membership dues low.
In addition to being a wonderful home for us, RFL is a model for social change. Outreach and education are integral to our mission. Rather than isolating ourselves completely from the mainstream, we promote RFL as a viable alternative. We enjoy sharing discoveries and ideas of sustainable living with people who have a wide variety of lifestyles.
Perhaps many would agree that the mainstream culture could use some improvements. Some might see it needing just a little spring cleaning while others might see serious problems at the core. At Ready FL you’re more likely to find the latter: people who see the need for fundamental changes in our culture, especially in its relationship to the rest of the natural world.
Of course, there are many ways to effect change in the world: political campaigns or lobbying, direct action protests and rallies, consciousness raising groups, etc. We see the need in our world to work primarily outside the system to define and demonstrate new cultures, sometimes radically different from the mainstream. This is part of the impetus for the intentional communities movement. Ready FL’s primary social change goal is to demonstrate one possibility (certainly not the only possibility) of a sustainable lifestyle and culture. In many ways just living at Ready FL is social change work (see our RFL Culture section). We’re mindful of the way we function as a group and organization so we can be an example of positive, intentional social change. We also have to rethink our economy, both internally and as part of the wider culture.
Although RFC is still a small community in the pioneering stages, we call ourselves an ecovillage because our goal is to grow to be a community of 50 to 100 residents who are committed to radical environmental sustainability.
We are housed in a variety of living arrangements, eat a variety of foods, and work on varied projects. Our society is flexible enough to include egalitarian and co-housing communities, and individual households. We may have different approaches to some issues, but the common desire for environmental sustainability underlies all key decisions at Ready FL Community.
Although RFC strives for some level of self-sufficiency and economic independence, we do not sequester ourselves from mainstream America. Rather, outreach and education are integral to our goals. We vigorously promote ourselves as a viable example of sustainable living, and spread our ideas and discoveries through visitor programs, workshops, academic and other publications, speaking engagements, and the like.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To create a society, the size of a small town or village, made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which allows and encourages its members to live sustainably.*
To encourage this sustainable society to grow to have the size and recognition necessary to have an influence on the global community by example, education, and research.
*Sustainably: In such a manner that, within the defined area, no resources are consumed faster than their natural replenishment, and the enclosed system can continue indefinitely without degradation of its internal resource base or the standard of living of the people and the rest of the ecosystem within it, and without contributing to the non-sustainability of ecosystems outside.
MISSION STATEMENT DISCLAIMER:
Please understand that this Mission Statement is intended as a long-term vision and is not expected to be achieved quickly or simply. The definition of sustainability is meant as a theoretical goal and we realize that many compromises will need to be made as we strive toward that goal. We'd also like to stress that any participation in Dancing Rabbit is voluntary and we do not believe that sustainability can be achieved through enforcement.
Six questions you need to ask yourself
The Ready FL Network consists of individuals from all over the State of Florida (and beyond) that share a common goal of living a more self-reliant lifestyle. Whether you are looking to further develop your gardening/farming skills, build yourself a part-time income or something more substantial such as developing your own homestead . . . We are sure that you will find information here that will be of a benefit to you, your family and friends.
Our approach to self-reliant living follows a simple, 10-step pathway:
- Get out of debt as fast as you can, and build your savings (short & long term)
- Develop your personal wealth plan: Improve or replace your day job, cut your monthly expenses, and understand how to minimize your tax exposure
- Grow, produce and store some of your own food
- Conserve and store water for short and long term needs
- Learn basic medical skills and build first aid kits for your home, work, and vehicles.
- Maximize your use of your land, and increase its production
- Develop a pragmatic approach to preparing for natural or man-made disasters
- Identify additional means to add energy sources or storage to your preparations
- Continuously improve your self-defense and security capabilities
- Regularly review and grade your current preparedness plan and adjust as needed.