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The Ecovillage Sieben Linden, situated in the community Beetzendorf in the Altmark – District Salzwedel, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, was established in 1997. It has the aim to realize collaborative and holistic sustainable lifestyles, that connect a small ecological footprint with a high quality of life. Currently a little more than one hundred adults and forty children and adolescents are living in eleven straw-bale houses and about fourty well insulated construction trailers.
The cooperatively organised village covers over a hundred hectars of land; there of 80 hectars of woods, which is managed sustainably. The core of the village is a half timbered ecologically restored farmhouse, that accommodates the community and seminar rooms. In the garden fruits and vegetables are cultivated for self-sufficiency. Composting toilets, a sewage treatment plant and solar panel provide local energy and closed material cycles.
The lean structures of the village offer the possibility, to shape social, ecological, economical and cultural aspects. In the interaction of all those areas may develop a sustainable entity that offers space for the diversity, creativity and the different needs of there residents.
The Ecovillage Sieben Linden is liberal-minded and hospitable village. They welcome people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds, age groups, with and without disabilities.