Eating fresh food straight from the gardens and fruit-bearing trees is a delight. We have vegetables and fruit within 5 to 10 paces of our front door. In the summer, there is hardly a day that some fruit or other — strawberries, grapes, raspberries, currants — is not begging for grazing as I pass. -Ken Walton, Resident
The Abundance EcoVillage celebrates regionalism in landscape design. Our village landscape is carefully crafted from indigenous plant species, in addition to medicinal and edible species, which greatly enhance the life of the residents. A walk through the village trail system is a gastronomic experience in itself: seasonal strawberries, raspberries, hardy sweet cherries, asian pears, apples, persimmons, kolimita kiwis, and quince are a small sampling of the varieties you may encounter.
The site features many special nooks for enjoying outdoor living, including walking trails, outdoor arbor with fire pit, greenhouses, and a swimming pond with sand beach. Gardening is encouraged, but not required at Abundance EcoVillage. Residents are invited to garden either within their private lots, or in our community gardens.
The avifauna of the Abundance EcoVillages includes Killdeer, Eastern Goldfinch, Indigo Bunting, American Kestrel Hunting, Wild turkey, Blue Heron, and many more.
One of the joys of working in the gardens at Abundance Ecovillage is that I can see (and hear) many birds. Every time I walk south of the kitchen greenhouse, I see a brown thrasher flying in or out of the willows. Robins are abundant and even nesting in the kitchen greenhouse. Red-winged blackbirds are one the most common birds, singing their conk-a-ree from perches on trees. I’m always on the lookout for a new species. If any of you like to watch birds, I invite you to walk around the Ecovillage. -Stacy Maurer, Resident