Utah OSR Land Co-op
Benefits, Features, Costs and Obligations

Benefits

A share in the Utah OSR Land Cooperative gives you these benefits:

  1. A cooperative’s equivalent of a title to 2 acres at the Riverbed Ranch modern homesteading community
  2. Two acre-feet of water rights (that’s 651,702 gallons a year)
  3. One vote in the co-op
  4. Opportunity to participate in group purchases of products and services needed to build your homestead
  5. Opportunity to sell your products and services through the co-op
  6. First stab at job openings within the co-op, and the opportunity to spearhead the creation of sub-cooperatives to provide jobs and goods and services to the co-op and/or outside customers.

Features

The Utah OSR Land Co-op’s Riverbed Ranch homesteading community will feature:

  1. Utah OSR Land Co-op Construction Group (can build your home and other buildings)
  2. An RV and camping park. This way, shareholders who choose to do so can live in the RV park while building out their homestead
  3. A greenbelt area running up the middle of the community, including a hiking trail, honeybee-friendly trees and bushes, a road, and future plans of a creek
  4. High-speed fiber optic Internet provided by The OSR Co-op and Beehive Broadband
  5. Co-op store for importing and exporting goods
  6. A future BMX bicycle course for kids to enjoy

Costs

Initial – A share in the Utah OSR Land Co-operative costs $20,000.

Anticipated – These costs vary widely depending on how large of a home you plan on building. Here are some very rough, ballpark estimates of three different sized zero, or low-energy homes. The OSR Land Co-op can help reduce many of these costs either through group purchases or other arrangements.

Approximate Costs (comparing 800 sq ft home, 1600 sq ft home and 2400 sq ft home; or small, medium or large size or amount of work):

  800 ft²/small 1600 ft²/med. 2400 ft²/large
Utah OSR Land Co-op share: $20,000
Water well (incl. labor & depends on depth): $5,000 $10,000 $15,000
Greenhouses: $1,500 $18,000 $35,000
Barn or shop: $1,500 $38,000 $75,000
Septic (depends on type & leach field size): $3,500 $8,000 $12,000
Heavy equipment work: $7,000 $11,000 $15,000
Materials (includes solar): $60,000 $110,000 $160,000
Labor (approx. $40 / sq ft): $32,000 $64,000 $96,000
Approximate Total: $130,000 $279,000 $428,000

Additional Community Features

Similar to an industrial park, the Utah OSR Land Co-operative has set aside 40 acres for the following privately owned and operated services:

  1. Academy of Self-Reliance higher-learning campus
  2. OSR K-12 campus
  3. Assisted Living / Retirement Home
  4. Whole Health / Life Coach clinic
  5. Child Rescue Home
  6. Young Mothers Home
  7. Equine / Canine Therapy Barn
  8. Ropes course

Obligations

Each shareholder agrees to build the following:

  1. A passive solar home, of at least 600 square feet, that requires little or no energy to heat or cool. But, we recommend at least 800 square feet of living space.
  2. Barn for animals and/or storage (no minimum size)
  3. Greenhouse, minimum of 600 square feet, 1,200 recommended.
  4. Garden/orchard
  5. 6” well with 2-horse power pump with 400′ of lift.
  6. Approved sanitation system.

Each shareholder is also required to submit a general plan for funding the above build-out before the shareholder agreement is approved.The Utah OSR Land Cooperative is an agricultural co-op organized under Title 3 of the Utah Code. That means that your 2 acre slice of heaven has to be agriculturally productive every year. There are two ways to accomplish that:

  1. Owner/operater makes the land productive, or
  2. You own, but someone else operates.

You don’t have to live on your land, it just needs to be agriculturally productive.

How to Join

Print and fill out the Shareholder Agreement (click to download), and contact Jesse Fisher (Call: 801-494-1849) for an appointment with Philip Gleason.

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