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|From: Rion D'Luz (lanternsover.net)|
|Date: Sat, 20 Feb 1999 11:20:26 -0600|
Hello All: I became introduced to cohousing a couple of years ago, but confess to being remiss about following its progress online or in print. I am a farmer and farm advocate in Vermont who is interested in using the cohousing model as a means of addressing two very important issues in this State. One is preservation of working landscape and the other is transgeneration of farming. Although I'm lead to understand that the strict definition of cohousing would limit any member's ability to generate revenue from the community - - (Posted not long ago to this list From Katie McCamant with input from Chuck Durrett "Inventors" of the word "cohousing" "6. The community is not a primary income source for residents: there is no shared community economy (ala Twin Oaks): If the community also provides residents with their primary income, this is a significant change to the dynamic between neighbors and defines another level of community beyond the scope of cohousing." -- I also realize that many cohousing developments don't follow the definitions to the letter. I believe that creating a cohousing community on a large property that includes a farm family could be a mutually beneficial arrangement. The community would have access to a large tract of land with very low taxes. Land use would be subject to the bylaws of the Corporation and the farm family would be stewards of the land. I know that more than a few rural cohousing communities maintain an integral relationship with the land, but I think what I'm proposing is unique insofar as land use. My proposal can be found online at http://www.sover.net/~lantern/frames/fof/cohouse/cohouse.html Or just go to http://www.sover.net/~lantern/ And follow the "Friends of the Farm" links to cohousing I'd be more than happy to hear that the proposal is too naive to be workable, or any other criticisms, insights, thoughts on the matter you gentlefolk may care to offer. Sincerely Yours,
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