|Re: Land Use on Coho Acreage (Nessa Dertnig)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Judith Bush (jbushtogether.net)|
|Date: Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:52:19 -0700 (PDT)|
Nessa, I'm responding from Cobb Hill in Hartland, VT. I'll be attentive to all the replies you get on line, because you are asking good, important questions. Cobb Hill is rural (like Belfast), and has functioned with intention re land use for farming, agricultural enterprises, and forest stewardship since even before our homes were completed in 2002. I can't possibly wrap up our experience in a succinct way right now, so am thinking about good ways to offer to share it with you. Sharing documents about our format for proposals to use land, and about annual enterprise reports is just a part of it, and we are happy to do that. Going over what's been hard and easy in more than a decade here is a longer communication. But I do want to mention here that Laura Fitch at Pioneer Valley has done some work recently on cohousing communities where farming occurs. Her work might provide some ideas for you. Also that my husband and I much enjoyed attending a day-long session at the recently developing community Katywil in Colrain, MA, where land use evolution was the subject. So I'd suggest contacting them about how the community is collaborating on land-based projects even as homes there continue to be built. And you are already hearing from others with ideas. Related to what Sharon V wrote today on the temporariness or permanence of granting use of land, our experience at Cobb HIll is that people investing themselves in the work of growing food or raising animals, want "tenure" for their projects. Maybe some things can be short-term experiments, but many cannot. There are big implications for members who aren't present when these early projects are launched. All food for thought. Judith Bush - 802-436-1488
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