Re: Land Use on Coho Acreage
From: Nessa Dertnig (
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 03:47:03 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you to everyone who has commented so far on the land use question, both 
on this list and privately.  It really helps to get a sense of what other 
communities are doing. I have been really busy this past week, but I will 
happily take people up on their offers for further details and be in touch soon!

One more question that has come up in the meantime:  

Is there any cohousing community out there that functions with the assumption 
that there is (or will be) a coordinated food-growing effort among all members, 
to be as self-sufficient as possible on a community-wide scale?  Or where 
you've made the distinction of wanting to retain certain amounts of land for 
annual crops vs perennial crops?  Would such a community then truly fall under 
the definition of "cohousing", and/or would it be desirable or even possible to 
do this?  (In our case, we're talking 36 households when fully sold)

(We have not agreed to this, by the way, but it has come up in discussions and 
disagreements among some members).

Thanks again!


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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:34:16 -0400
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Subject: Re: [C-L]_ Land Use on Coho Acreage (Nubanusit Neighborhood &
    Farm,    NH)
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Here is a little bit on our experience with land use.

At Nubi Neighborhood we have the following enterprises 
- a 50-share CSA run by an onsite farmer, 
- a "chicken club" operated by neighbors, 
- bee hives (one neighbor), 
- orchard (group of neighbors),
- horses (private owners, but leased to neighbors and lessons) 
- cows (off site owners), 
- pigs (neighbor group) and,
- fruit.  

Anyone using the land formally goes to the appropriate team (in these cases
the Farm Team) and develops a Land Use Agreement (LUA) that clarifies the
rights and responsibilities of each party (the group using the land and the
community).  The Farm Team acts as the liaison for any concerns neighbors
and/or tenants have.

We recently wrote a blog post on raising animals cooperatively with 7 tips
for making it work.  You can read it at

It all isn't perfect but it sure isn't agri-business!   The CSA is hosting a
harvest party and pig roast this weekend - so we must be doing something
right. If you would like more information feel free to contact us through
nnfcoho [at]

-Richard Pendleton
Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm Cohousing
Peterborough, NH 



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