My brief stay at Hameau 18 allowed me to understand this fantastic project only at the surface level. The Eco Hameau is home to a dozen individuals, couples and families and La Coopérative du Cap. They welcome visitors, have homes scatter across the land, gardens and a variety of enterprises including a theatre company and food production companies.

At the center of their belief is that land should not be a commodity. By using an usufruct contract, it permits its members the use and advantages of the fruits of the Coopérative du Cap’s land short of it’s destruction or waste.

It’s a project that has grown over the years and now has a well established structure that continues to improve itself.