FUTURE PROJECTS: Kibbutz Goshen

 

If the Dai Mission plan originally formed in 2008 is “Phase One”, then this ambitious project — the establishment of a Messianic Jewish kibbutz (a planned agricultural community) north of the Umcompahgre National Forest in Colorado — is “Phase Two”.

Based on the traditional religious kibbutz concept popularized in Israel, Kibbutz Goshen (also referred to as “Goshen, Colorado”) would be more than merely a religious monastic community. Kibbutz Goshen would be a fully self-sustaining agricultural and industrial colony site, with Dai Mission at its heart. The colony will take several years to set up, with development occurring in nine planned stages:

  • Stage 1: Soon after the establishment of the initial fifteen (15) acre Dai Mission site itself, the parsonages and priories required for the monastery would be constructed. Gardens and fruit tree groves would be planted for the use of the monastery’s staff and residents.
  • Stage 2: A road network surrounding the Dai Mission site would be set up and paved. An additional nine (9) acres of dedicated farmland surrounding the Mission site would be obtained and developed later, with the farmhouse cabins serving as the colony’s initial residences. Greenhouse farming installations using desert farming techniques (such as those pioneered in Southern California, Australia, and Israel) would be erected.
  • Stage 3: Land would be set aside for ranching and dairy farming, with the ranch houses serving as the colony’s second residential areas. As this second agricultural project continues, more families would be invited in to assist with the ranch work.
  • Stage 4: Two (2) additional acres would be reserved for residential zones. Housing, office buildings, and multi-use garages will be constructed, with ample room for future development.
  • Stage 5: Additional lands would be reserved as industrial zones. Maintenance shops, fuel stations, manufacturing plants, power stations, foundries, machine shops, bio-diesel plants, and even breweries will be located here.
  • Stage 6: Community facilities for disaster relief (provided by Dai Corps) and colony security, government offices, parking areas, and a local farmer’s market for both residents and visitors will be established.
  • Stage 7: A park setting with attached parking area and amenities would be set up for visitors to Kibbutz Goshen.
  • Stage 8: More community facilities would be established during this phase, including medical services, a volunteer EMS/fire/search-and-rescue station, a dedicated colony security facility, and water and well facilities.
  • Stage 9: The completion of residential facilities — including the establishment of a Kibbutz Goshen Homeowner’s Association (HOA) to govern Goshen’s residential properties — would occur during this final phase of development.

After the site in the Gila Mountains of New Mexico was ruled out, a new site for this future kibbutz was found a little over three miles from the township of Cederage in Delta County, Colorado: Shadow Mesa Ranch. Nestled atop a private mesa, the 708-acre Shadow Mesa Ranch site already contains all the amenities the nascent colony site will require: ample water supply (the site is bordered by Ward Creek and Dirty George Creek); electrical and phone line connections, in addition to three domestic water taps and a water well; the property is already zoned for (and has already been used for) cattle and horse ranching and seasonal hunting operations; the site has plenty of local wildlife for food and game hunting, if required; the land is fertile and good for agricultural use; the property is strategically elevated for maximum isolation from the outside world; and the existing buildings on site (ranch buildings and associated residences) can all be easily repurposed for use by Dai Mission or Kibbutz Goshen and would serve well as the beginnings of an agricultural colony.

There’s just one problem: the site will cost over $4 million to obtain, and additional funds will be required later to develop the property from Dai Mission throughout all nine stages of growth into Kibbutz Goshen.

That’s where you come in!  😉

We cannot make the dream of Kibbutz Goshen a reality without your support. With your donations, we can obtain the Shadow Mesa Ranch property and develop it into Dai Mission first, then nurture it further into Kibbutz Goshen. With your labor and your assistance in getting the word out to sympathetic ears, we can build the streets, greenhouses, and facilities of this dream.

If you’d like to help us make Kibbutz Goshen into a reality, contact us for more information or visit our Donations page.

 

Shadow Mesa Ranch site info: [PDF]
Information provided by Lone Eagle Land Brokerage, Inc.

Ben Terry’s original “Kibbutz Dai Colony” plan from 2016.

 

Possible alternate sites for Kibbutz Goshen in the region overseen by the Goshen Messianic Union.

 

Dai Council Orders of Decree: [PDF]
Originally drafted in 2016 and modified in 2018, the Orders of Decree are general guidelines adapted and issued by
the Council of Elders to guide the day-to-day operations of the nascent Dai Mission and Kibbutz Goshen, as well as
outline how the colony and the Council of Elders would work toward its future goals.

 

Keep your eyes on this page and on our News page for future updates about this exciting project!

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