“You’re not marrying everybody, but you learn to care for everybody.”
“Happiness has to be worked on, and building trust takes time.”
Are you wondering how living in community actually works? It can be imperfect, messy and challenging, veterans say. It takes work to learn how to make decisions together, work things out, talk about money. This podcast provides an opportunity to listen to some of those who have been there, done that …and still continue to learn.
Thanks to Ken from Sunward Cohousing for pointing us to this nice set of videos on things that people can do (individually and collectively) about climate change:
Ken says “There are a few ideas in here that cohousing communities might be in an especially good position to apply.”
What are you thinking? What are you doing? What can we do as a community?
Members and friends have been hard at work weeding the Jane and Jack Garden at Highland Park. This gardening is our first community service project, an example of how we expect to be a good neighbor to our surrounding neighborhood once we move in. We take care of the garden at the southwest corner of S. Goodman and Highland twice a month, the second Saturday and last Tuesday. We plan to continue through October.
Things are looking much better, but weeds are battling back because of the abundant rain. We’d love more helpers even if you’re only available for an hour. Weeding teams will work Tuesday 8/29 and Saturday 9/9 from 9am – 11am. Join us for all or part of those times. Street parking is available on South Goodman just south of Highland Avenue. Bring sunscreen, a hoe, gloves, water, knee pads, trowel — whatever you need to be comfortable weeding. Please RSVP to Jane, 585-315-2406, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this month’s community meal, members and newcomers enjoyed an evening of dinner on John and Kathi’s deck, followed by presentations by four members who attended May’s National Cohousing Conference.
Just as we will regularly gather for community meals once we move in, Grace and crew shopped, cooked, and cleaned up; the rest of us dined, sipped, and chipped in for the cost of ingredients. We have a number of great cooks who especially enjoy their chance to shine in the kitchen!
“Many thanks to you and the crew!” said Sue Rodio of Highland Park after members of our community and two new friends weeded last Saturday. “The flower beds are beautiful and I’m sure are enhanced by the work you’ve done. The park staff noticed the difference and asked me to thank you.”
The gardening is our first community service project, an example of how we expect to be a good neighbor to our surrounding neighborhood once we move in. We take care of the garden at the southwest corner of S. Goodman and Highland twice a month, the second Saturday and last Tuesday.
Our next date is Tuesday July 25, from 9-11 am. Please join us! Bring weeding and deadheading tools (a hoe, trowel, clippers, gloves, etc.), sunscreen and water. For more info or to RSVP (requested) contact Jane at 315-2406 or email@example.com. Park on Goodman just south of Highland, next to the garden.
Quimper Village Cohousing in Washington State is under construction now, and their construction plan includes a very interesting product called Grasspave, which minimizes the need for additional storm water run-off systems while providing a very strong “road” for heavy vehicles when needed and creating more green space along the way.
Quimper Village detailed the role of Grasspave in their plan in their June newsletter. Click here to download a copy of the article in PDF format.