Re: Land Use on Coho Acreage
From: Nancy Baumeister (
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 12:37:56 -0700 (PDT)
How much land should be devoted to food growing is a matter on ongoing discussion at CoHo Ecovillage in Corvallis Oregon, as we are in the process of updating our land use plan after 5 years of residence here. Food crops seem to be mostly in competition with recreational space and wild space and also with what people think is nice to look at.

I think that collaborating with people in the larger neighborhood on food crops has been an excellent strategy for relieving the tension. Even in a city there is lots of underutilized space.


On 8/17/2012 3:47 AM, Nessa Dertnig wrote:
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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