Re: Subject: Common meals - aging and parenting
From: Laura Fitch (
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 06:29:10 -0700 (PDT)
Anyone in this discussion want to put togethe a panelf or the next coho
conference?  If so, find the link for submissions on or the
post on the list serve.  We eagerly await your submission!  Thanks, Laura

On Sunday, August 3, 2014, Liz Ryan Cole <lizryancole [at]> wrote:

> This excellent discussion thread has touched on many topics.  I'd like to
> add two more items for our consideration.
> First, Pinnacle Cohousing (yes we are finally building in Lyme, NH, but we
> have had nine years of running a hospitality business in the meantime to
> help us develop systems and relationships) is intergenerational.  That
> means we'll have older (and otherwise fragile) members who will need to be
> able to count on meals at least once a day.
> Second, based on some member's (this includes me) experiences in
> collective houses when our own children were younger, we think the
> opportunity to have "civilized" dinner conversation and time devoted to
> family (admittedly with a larger family than is standard these days) helps
> both parents and children.
> For this reason our model will be to offer one meal a day, with our
> monthly fee to include the salary of a part time "kitchen steward" to deal
> with food and kitchen management.  We also have a weekly work requirement
> (we expect it will work out to about two hours per week), which can be met
> by cooking, cleaning up, reading to or otherwise spending time with kids,
> darning socks, or doing some of the many other tasks that are not included
> in our monthly fees for cleaning common areas.  If a member chooses not to
> eat one or more meals, that's fine, but the option is always there.  If all
> goes according to plan (and when does that happen) we'll move in (stage
> one) in the spring of 2016 and we'll report on how this model works out.
>  If anyone is following a practice similar to this now, it would be great
> to hear from you.
> liz
> PS - don't forget to visit our cabin based hospitality business - Loch
> Lyme Lodge - consider holding a wedding or family reunion or work related
> retreat here too. :)
> Liz Ryan Cole
> lizryancole [at] <javascript:;>
> Pinnacle Cohousing at Loch Lyme Lodge
> Lyme, NH
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> Work 802.831.1240
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Laura Fitch, AIA, LEED-BD+C
Kraus-Fitch Architects
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