|Food Values||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Craig Ragland (craigraglandgmail.com)|
|Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2006 14:03:58 -0800 (PST)|
This conversation on food labor is poignant for me as I prepare for facilitating a sharing circle here at Songaia this evening on our values around food. I'll be quoting from the thread, as well from Dave Wann's book Reinventing Community; Stories from the walkways of cohousing - many of you are contributors... thanks Some of the values we're addressing are: What food Songaia buys as it relates to: - organic - cost - protein - fair trade - local How we buy/share food - common meal food - pantry food (available to all families for use in private homes) - privately purchased food How we make the buying/sharing happen - amounts of free labor - types of labor - hidden costs, e.g. gas (buyers currently pay for their own gas) Forms of participation - Traditional: Common meals + pantry - Pantry-only sharing (no common meals) - Common meal-only sharing (no pantry) As a check-in, I'll ask people to recall and share memories of a particular dish or food, sharing why its special for you. Part of what is triggering this attention at Songaia is a shift in participation as a family recently decided to withdraw from the common meals. This is the first time since move-in (2000), that anyone living at Songaia has chosen not to participate. The couple's concerns are twofold; (1) the level of noise/activity (mostly kid energy) in the common house during our meals and the poor support for their diet preferences... they prefer meat and potatoes, while our meals have emphasized poultry/fish, rather beef/pork and also support vegetarians. Another recent development is that two families (both with kids) who do not live here now join us for some of our common meals. Like many cohousing communities we support a wide variety of diet needs, but the idea of preparing red meat dishes on a routine basis has not attractive. I would love to hear any insights out there on approaches toward dealing with this disparity? We're meeting in 3 hours, but the circle is really just take another step in growing our relationships around sharing food and growing community. Craig
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