|cooperative ventures?||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jim Slotta (JDSST17vms.cis.pitt.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 23 May 94 14:33 CDT|
As a one-day participant in some cooperative living structure, I don't mind when little electronic "fliers" come drifting through my e-mail box such as the one from Earth Camp One - or whatever it was called. I'm especially interested in facts, figures, numbers, timelines, etc., such as those contained in the Mt. Shasta ad. So the occasional advertisement doesn't bug me, as I read it with interest. One question that I've had for some time concerns the possibility of cooperative economic ventures which draw on the power of shared land, resources, time, vision, etc. For example, a co-housing community might prove ideal for the running of a large organic garden which markets to "subscribers" in the city, as well as to roadside customers at a produce "stand". Such a thing could be highly profitable, thus offering several community residents the opportunity for meaningful, community-oriented emloyment (i.e., what fun!). Such a business (aNd I'm sure there are other examples) is well-suited for a group of people who are already well-schooled in the processes of work rotations, decision making, etc. etc., and who would perhaps not go belly up if they had a not-so-good year. I've always been attracted to the idea of land-based economic ventures (not including traditional cash crop farming - yuck) such as organic produce, hot- houses, x-mas trees, vinyards, orchards, etc. It seems like some of the communities out there might be well-situated to give such things a try. I can also see how this could be a real Pandora's box in terms of legalities, formalities, resposibilities, liabilities (all the -ies), shared profits, etc. But if we can live together, can we not work together?? Just curious if there is lots or little of this kind of thing in play right now... - Jim Slotta (in Pittsburgh, engines running)
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