|Re: Farm Oriented Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael Mariner (mykanofone.net)|
|Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 18:50:13 -0500|
Bill Hartzell >The questions for the coho-l are; Is anyone aware of an existing coho >community that operates a farm or is closely linked to one, or are we >plowing (so to speak) new ground? We at San Juan Cohousing (see info in signature below) are seriously considering using some of our land for farming -- for our own produce as well as a CSA farm. One member couple has agricultural experience. We are just now on the threshold of exercising our purchase option and if all goes well we will be moved in by next summer at this time. The land has good irrigation rights which is critical out here in the arrid West (near Durango, CO) A friend living at Nyland Cohousing says they just agreed to some land use planning which includes more extensive gardening and possibly even on a CSA farm on the 20 (or so) acres that have been lying fallow since they moved in. Water rights at Nyland are very limiting to full-blown farming, I believe. Of course, there's Ecovillage Ithaca that includes cohousing neighborhoods, agriculture, business, etc. >What are the general thoughts about a >coho community that moves beyond just living and eating together and >provides the opportunity to physically work together? I feel strongly that cohousing could and should evolve to include other kinds of cooperative endeavors. As Bill mentioned, if we're concerned with sustainability, then we have to be concerned about our food supplies and the more we grow through gardens, edible landscaping or serious farming, the less we have to transport in. I advocate cohousing neighborhoods that don't have resources (land, water, etc.) to do their own farming to become members of nearby CSA farms -- this can be a large step toward sustainability on several levels. As a long-term social transformation, I feel more folks moving to rural areas (such as those that were virtually abandoned because of mechanized factory farms) will solve several social problems. More labor to grow crops more organically, less crowded cities, more people feeling connected to the natural environment, etc. Katie McCamant has argued that communities that come together around a specific economic endeavor should not be called "cohousing" but are some other kind of intentional community. (See www.ic.org for a list of communities of all kinds.) I agree that cohousing should be open and inclusive -- not limited to members of some ideology, but I feel shared economic endeavors can transform cohousing from a "nice" idea to a "compelling" idea for folks who would otherwise not get involved. I say, go for it and call yourselves "cohousing" if you want to! Pretty sure there are other cohousing groups involved with agriculture as well. Mike Mariner * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * San Juan Cohousing near Durango, CO, where we're looking for a few more good folks. Check us out at http://www.rmi.net/~ganesh KEY COMMUNITY RESOURCES: Cohousing: http://www.cohousing.org/ Ecovillages: http://www.gaia.org/ Intentional Communities: http://www.ic.org/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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