The Self-Sustaining Village

Since 2002 we have prepared establishing a village building on ecological and permacultural principles. We call our project “Den selvforsynende landsby’, which is Danish for “THE SELF-SUSTAINING VILLAGE”. At the moment 26 grown-ups and 33 children live and build their houses here on the beautiful southern part of Funen, a bigger island in the heart of Denmark.

The Village
In May 2004 we bought a farm with 15 hectares to build on. Our piece of land is neighbouring the small village of Hundstrup and is situated about 15 kilometers north west of the harbour town Svendborg.

In the evenings we all dine together in our community building – a charming old farmhouse from the 1780’s with thatched roof.
Each family is responsible for building it’s own house with or without the help from professionals. We have permission to build up to 25 houses on 3 hectares of the land. So far 18 of the lots have been prepared for and are ready to build on (electricity, phone cables, internet, plumbing, small roads and a willow cleaning system for our wastewater have been established). Now, in 2010, 13 houses are under construction, including 8 strawbale houses, 1 stone house and 4 wooden houses.

Lifestyle and Philosophy – Permaculture and Ecology
All our houses are built according to permacultural values and contain installations such as ceramic stoves and passive solar design. Our hope is that our farmland will provide most of our organically grown food and the necessary firewood in the future.
All residents in “Den selvforsynende landsby” are to contribute 8 hours of work per week, this includes farming, cooking, administrative tasks and other responsibilities.

Interested in knowing more?
As we are still in the process of establishing the village we welcome new members to build a house here and be part of our community.
You are welcome to contact us for further information.

Our adresse is:

Den Selvforsynende Landsby
Hoejgaardsvej 27, Hundstrup
5762 Vester Skerninge