Communities of Evergreen Land Trust

The communities of Evergreen Land Trust are self-governing, cooperative stewardship associations. Each community is unique, but all of them operate by consensus decision-making of the residents, and all share a common commitment to the principles of ELT. The communities range in size from six members up to 15 members.

Prag House

Prag House, located on Capitol Hill in Seattle, was originally purchased in 1972 by a collective of University of Washington graduate students and professors in sociology. They put the property into Trust in 1976 to maintain it as a cooperative house in perpetuity. The purposes of Prag House are to encourage communal living as a viable alternative and to advance the growth of cooperating communities and non-polluting technologies.

Pragtree FarmPragtree Farm

Pragtree Farm also came into ELT in 1976, with the vision of being the rural counterpart to Prag House. Pragtree is a twenty-acre organic farm, located in Snohomish County near Arlington. The purposes of Pragtree include advancing the methods of organic farming and providing education on agriculture and low-impact technologies. Pragtree was the birthplace of Washington Tilth.

Sunset HouseSunset House

Sunset House was donated to the Trust in 1978, and is located in the Central District of Seattle. Sunset was established in 1970 to provide affordable, resident maintained cooperative housing, and to demonstrate the value of cooperative ownership. The community of Sunset House is committed to supporting positive social change in the Seattle area and providing ongoing education about land trusts as an alternative to renting or private home ownership.

Walker CreekWalker Creek

Walker Creek, a twenty-acre rural community near Mount Vernon, was established in 1973 to practice and promote organic farming, food self-reliance, energy efficiency, and non-polluting technologies. Donated to ELT in 1978, the stated purposes of Walker Creek include “assisting the growth of a new culture and society which incorporates the principles of human cooperation, personal growth, ecological awareness and the preservation of the natural beauty of this earth…”

River Farm

River Farm is an 85-acre homestead on the South Fork of the Nooksack River in Whatcom County which was established in 1971 and donated to ELT in 1983. The purposes of River Farm are to treat the land, water, and forest in an ecologically sensitive manner and to maintain wildlife habitat in balance with a working farm. The Farm serves as an educational resource for organic agriculture, ecoforestry, practical homesteading, and renewable energy.

Sherwood Co-opSherwood Coop

A housing cooperative in the University District of Seattle, Sherwood has roots in the University of Washington student coops of the 1930s. An ELT member since 2007, the house provides affordable housing for Seattle residents and students so they can focus on their studies and be active, creative community members. Additionally, Sherwood aims to raise awareness about sustainability, introduce cooperative living as a choice beyond school, and support the development of other coops.

WOW (Wild Old Women)

Wild Old Women (WOW) house became a part of the Evergreen Land Trust in 2009. WOW is located in a lovely Capitol Hill home. WOW residents have lived, more or less, collectively since 1978. Residents are comprised of older women with the aim and desire to live in peace and with grace into their old age; while promoting the study and practice of environmentally harmonious technologies, and a sense of balance between urban and rural lifestyles. Residents are committed to social justice, healing, and advocating for women’s issues. They are committed to changing the world one potluck at a time.