|Cohousing/ Farm Interface||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Joel Plotkin (joelsunyit.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 15:29:39 -0700 (PDT)|
Coho'ers: I'm curious about organizational dynamics of Cohousing communities that have farms as part of the common land. At Hundredfold Farm in PA, we have a Christmas tree farm that is a profit-making business. At present, all residents are required to be members of the Tree Farm LLC, a separate corporation (easier for tax purposes). We hope to make membership optional, in which case, the farm will be a business operated by a subset of the community. They will lease property and own equipment used for the business. How have other communties handled their farms? Some lease to residents, some to outside farmers, some own and operate, sometimes the farmer is an employee of the COHO, etc. What models have you found that work for your community? What models were problematic? I'm also interested in a governance issue--do those coho members who are also business partners have to stand aside during COA decisions about the business? Our condo documents have a conflict-of-interest clause that would seem to apply there. Joel Plotkin Hundredfold Farm Cohousing Orrtanna PA
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