Re: Help with meals problem
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 19:00:00 -0700 (PDT)
It would be interesting to survey if there is better participation in meals
when required to cook or not.  Pioneer Valley has served a common meal
twice a week for 18 years. But no one is required to cook.  We have an
affinity work team in which everyone is supposed to work 6.5 hours per
month doing the type of things you like to do.  A "hub" coordinates the
people who like to cook in a two month rotation.  I have a slide show about
our system if you are intersted in seeing it.

On Saturday, July 28, 2012, Laurie Friedman wrote:

> Help!   My cohousing community has 26 households, and about 50 adults.
> We have a policy expecting everyone to cook once per month, in groups of
> two or more, and we have done pretty well for many years.   In the last
> couple of years, thought, I have noticed a decline in the number of people
> cooking, and currently we have very few meals.   We have a Meals Committee
> that has done surveys, tried out different things (potlucks, etc.), but the
> number of meals continues to decline.   Our participation in general is not
> as strong as it could be.   Has anyone dealt with a meals issue as above,
> and what have they done about it?
> I have a radical idea, which is to add $50 per month per adult to the
> monthly dues, and people would get money back at the end of the year based
> on any activity they have done that contributes to our community.   People
> would have to keep rough track of what they do, and time spent.   I think
> it might encourage participation, and reward those who are working.   Also,
> might result in leftover funds, which we could use to reduce our monthly
> dues.   Any thoughts?   Sincerely,  Laurie Friedman
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Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED-BD+C
Kraus-Fitch Architects
110 Pulpit Hill Rd.
Amherst, MA  01002
lfitch [at]

Board Member, Cohousing Association of US

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