|Re: Communal eating question from new UK group||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 17:01:09 -0700 (MST)|
> Hello from Springhill, Stroud England > > We are a group of 30 families currently building a co-housing project in > Stroud, Gloucestershire (www.cohouses.net). Now that building has started > we are concentrating on the common house and the way in which we see > ourselves living there. We are very exc ited at the prospect of eating > together but find the organisation of such a task a challenge to say the > least. It would be very helpful to hear about other communities > experiences and how they have managed to accomplish this feat. We are > particularly co ncerned about administration (meal planning, food > ordering, keeping accounts etc.) and the amount of time that will need to > be devoted to it. The payment part is actually easy. We have meal cards and set meal prices of $4 and $2 for kids. People pay by check, in advance for a meal card of 10 meals. The cards are kept in the kitchen and people sign when they eat a meal. All the checks go to a checking account from which cooks are reimbursed for their expenses. Meals are the one thing I feel disappointed in and they were the one feature I was most looking forward to. Cooking for a one person is a drag. I never eat enough vegetables. Our group is large (75 residents now) and people often invite guests to meals. 25+ is the standard and for a nice meal, 50 is not unheard of. Then there is the range of eaters from meat to vegetarian to vegan. I eat a very low carb diet (or should) so most meals are out of the question for me. People tend to cook beans and rice, perhaps with a little meat thrown in. The only vegetable is salad. As good as the meals are, I really need vegetables -- not starch. This seems to be an impossible concept for large groups. I spend on average a full day a week (often much more) on community work of various kinds so I have not offered to cook. Perhaps 4 years in there will be time. In the meantime, if I go early, I stand around. If I go late there is nothing left that I can eat. Meals are also loud. (Acoustics is one of the projects I am working on.) I usually take a plate and go back to my unit. And none of this is the fault of the cooks who do wonderful meals -- too wonderful -- too many people! So meals are not as easy as they sound sometimes but paying for them is not the hard part. Sharon -- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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