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article imageVideo: Eco-village enjoys organic living in rural Russia

By Anne Sewell     Mar 31, 2012 in Environment
Many people are changing their way of living, opting out of the big cities and moving into eco-friendly, sustainable villages and eating healthy, organic food.
Many Russians are moving out of the big cities and pursuing a natural life in the countryside.
More than 80 people are now living in Kovcheg (which means "Ark") eco-village in the Kaluga region of Russia. They share the land and live in homes made of natural, local wood.
The village has a common house which is shared by the residents. Here the villagers can find community culture, music or language classes. Inhabitants must each contribute to the village whether by offering their professional skills or with teaching.
Common house in the village.
Common house in the village.
Screen capture from video
Villagers and their children eat locally grown organic food and use local fuel for heating.
Strict rules apply to new inhabitants. They are not allowed to mar the natural landscape and can only build homes and gardens.
There are some luxuries though - there is electricity and money has been invested to place the electricity lines underground to keep the natural look of the village intact.
The eco-village lies close to a ghost town, what was once a bustling village 300 years ago.
Life is slower here. Natalia Streinikova, who is a psychologist and resident of the village says: “I knew how great it would be for our three children, and I was happy to move out of Moscow. In fact, I was never too excited about my life in the big city.”
Biologist and village co-founder, Fedor Lazutin tells RT in the video: “We log ill trees and take them away. The bushes and small trees keep growing, so the forest can recover. Many trees don’t adapt well to the increasingly hot summers. So we are logging more and more diseased trees to save the forest.”
Everything is local here - wood from the local trees is used to construct houses. Local bees make the honey, and local farm animals and garden plots are used for food.
Going back to the basics is what many people are now choosing to do, and these villagers appear to be very happy that they have chosen this way of life.
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