Astraea says that a lot of things have attracted her to the project.

“To name a few, the governance model that we’ve adopted (dynamic governance) is probably the best method available for efficient and effective governing,” she says.“The location is absolutely gorgeous. The meadow that the village will be built in has a wondrous trail around it that inspires and nurtures and has space enough for many people.”

The prices aren’t out of the ordinary, even with the common facilities included. Studios range from $160-$180,000 and the 3-bedroom houses are in the $400,000 range. Most units will be $200,000 to $300,000.

“You’re not paying for the developer who walks away with a pocket full of profit,” says Danes. “We’re selling all of these at cost.”

Rachel Carson’s nephew gave the Rachel Carson EcoVillage permission to use her name, and is eager to attend the ribbon-cutting celebration, says Danes.

On Sunday, July 19 at 10:30 a.m., there will be a free guided tour at the Eden Hall campus which is “open to anyone, including children, who’d enjoy learning about our woods and meadows while having a fun walk,” says Danes.