A village within a village.
Who We Are
Bristol Village Cohousing is a group of individuals and families that has come together to build an extraordinary community on the edge of the Green Mountains of Vermont. Some of us are here to enjoy a low-key, walkable lifestyle in a vibrant small town. Some of us are here to live with a low carbon footprint in homes built to the highest energy-performance standards. And some of us are here for a community designed to promote casual interaction and easy sociability, where kids play in safety and neighbors lend each other a hand.
— penelope markle, Resident
We are not affiliated with any organization, religious or otherwise. We are simply a loose collection of folks who are determined to find a better way of living – simpler lifestyles, the support of community, less reliance on fossil fuels.
Our work together on this project has given us opportunities to get to know each other better and to share the occasional meal, cup of coffee and bouts of laughter.
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
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With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.