Re: Meal Participation
From: Mary Vallier-Kaplan (marycvkgmail.com)
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 06:26:33 -0800 (PST)
>From Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm in Peterborough NH:

We decided to create a separate position as dessert chef.  This relieves
pressure on the dinner chef, gives someone who likes to make dessert a
chance to shine or brings someone who can't fit into the cooking schedule a
chance to contribute.

Barbara Michelson on behalf of the Common House Team

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 1:38 PM, <apierlioni [at] aol.com> wrote:

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> In Nevada City Cohousing in CA every adult resident is required to take a
> turn on the to cook and clean on each cooking rotation (which is about every
> 5 weeks) regardless of how many meals they actually attend.  They can be at
> the same time or to cook and clean for different meals.  In theory, if
> everyone participates in this program, we will have meals 6 days per week,
> though on weekends, they can be breakfast, lunch or brunch.  We use a
> computerized accounting system which keeps a running tally of how much
> you've spent and how much you've eaten.  Only when you exceed certain
> paramenters (either owing too much or having too much owed to you) does
> money change hands.
>
> We have a higher max now of up to $6.00 per meal per person to allow for
> purchase of more organic produce or a greater variety of meals.  The only
> challenge here is that not everyone does participate in the program, for a
> variety of reasons, (health, extended absence, refusual, etc) even though
> the participation requirement is made clear from the start.  I guess no
> community or meal system is perfect, but on the whole, ours works pretty
> well most of the time with most of the residents.  I would venture to say
> that our community on average, probably has more common meals offered each
> week than any other with which I am familiar.
>
> Andrea Carlson
> Nevada City Cohousing, Nevada City, CA
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