About us (updated spring 2009)
The Kovcheg Ecological Village is in Kaluga region in 14 kilometres from the road "Malojaroslaves- Medyne". The initiative group of the Ecological Village started work in 2001 (7 years ago). The general house and the first houses have been constructed in 2002 and "oldest" residents live on the earth 6 years.
79 one-hectare's sites of the Ecological Village are allocated on 120 hectares. About 40 families has moved on permanent residence for the moment (more than 110 persons with children), more than 90 houses and constructions brought under a roof.
Almost all houses (except ordered log-houses) were under construction by inhabitants of the Ark. Experience of construction for log-houses, bar-shaped houses, panel board houses, frame houses, and also frame houses from a lung adobe is saved up.
From 2007 primary school was founded in the ecovillage. Big
"Common house", wood workshop, power-saw bench, more then 10
saunas including the families sauna on cold spring small river was
constructed. More than 16 families keep bees. 11 draw-wells was
dug, about 15 ponds was designed.
Ecovillage engaged in improving the surrounding forests
biodiversity (planted oaks, limes, cedars, etc.) as well as the
cleansing of the territories savagely cut in the vicinity. We have
experience in logging breaks and stopping.
Also ecovillage organize a three-day seminars for people
interested in the following topics: house construction, beekeeping
and ecovillage life experience.
We are filmed several movies ("How to build a warm house of clay
and straw," "Construction of timber houses ...", "The third
meeting of the living ecovillages" and others), also video
"Seminar of Kovcheg ecovillage in St. Petersburg" with 7 hours of
our experience available for free from site. More than 2 years ago
ecovillage choir was started, which sing only permanent residents.
In the village were held three meeting of existing living
ecovillages (in 2008 and 2009 - international meetings). 25
ecovillages take part in the last meeting.
Attention! Since September 2008 ecovillage visiting is restricted!
Please come only on guest days (held quarterly) or on a seminars or
at the invitation of a particular settler who can give you enough
attention and answer all your questions.
Key facts (updated spring 2009)
- Eco-community "Kovcheg" was started in 2001 (with land
allocation - on big field with forest 3 sides around).
- First common house (10x12m) and first private houses was
build during summer 2002.
- Common house used as guest-house and as place of meetings,
singing, children study, lectures and etc...
- Totally we have 120 hectares and 80 family parts. Now we have
79 families (about 200 people). We have strict rules for new members
and 75% of existent members must want to see new family as there
neighbors (so we have very good community).
- During last summer about 200 people was on land, during winter
2008-2009 40 families (~120 people - many children) live permanently.
- From last 6 years we build about 12-20 houses per year (from
foundation to roof), so now we have about 100 houses under roof (from them 61 plots
have houses ready to Russian winter).
- We have our own power-saw bench and wood workshop (and also two
wheeled tractors) that helps us to organize houses construction.
- We use pretty different technologies in houses creation - from
our own "warm light adobe" technology and up to aerated (foamed)
concrete. Different forms, different construction and etc. Most of
them (even dwelling houses) are in the middle of construction.
- In 2005 we prepare movie "How to build warm winter house from
light adobe" See:
In 2006 we also prepare clip about our ecovillage and prepare
materials from several ecovillages for video-clip about
ecovillages movement in Russia.
Sorry, that there are not so many information on web: we try to reduce site
activity and increase life and building activity. :)