Re: What should I be worried about?
From: Malcolm Eva (
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:05:56 -0700 (PDT)
Here at Springhill everyone cooks once a month, in a team of four, but only 
those who want to, eat.  People don’t eat for a variety of good reasons - wrong 
menu for their diet, they work late, the children need to eat earlier, too 
noisy when everyone’s in together.  Compelling people to eat together will 
generate resentment after a while and will be unenforceable anyway, but getting 
everyone to sign up for cooking once a month does work for us.  BUT, set the 
policy early, and when the common house first opens, make sure the kitchen is 
ready, menu agreed, teams assigned and food bought in.  Then you’re flying.

On 18 Jun 2014, at 19:31, R Philip Dowds <rpdowds [at]> wrote:

> Many or most cohos allow for occasional or variable participation in meals 
> programs — with the general understanding that the more often you eat, the 
> more often you cook.  Some individuals are quite active in community life, 
> but just don’t like the common meals.  Some cohos report drifting away from 
> the huge (noisy and chaotic?) 40-person dinners, to more intimate sub-group 
> meal events of around a dozen people.  I think I’d be slow to make communal 
> dining any more of a mandatory pre-requisite than communal bathing.
> On Jun 18, 2014, at 1:37 PM, fergyb2 via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] 
>> wrote:
>>       I would add to that get agreement that all adults will participate in 
>> your meal program before you move in.  It's too hard to get a functioning 
>> meal program set up later ...
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