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CoHoots have enjoyed watching our kids grow up--some niblings (neighborhood siblings) were even born after our 2007 move-in. When our newest family arrived, mom and dad included photos/videos of their son in his birthday celebration so we could also enjoy him as a baby and toddler. His musical talents were displayed very very early in exciting drumming videos!
How many cups of lentils does it take to feed 40 CoHoots at a common meal? According to the Head Chef\'s notes, 4.5 cups of dry lentils yielded 46 cups of lentil sprouts. The complete menu: curried lentil sprouts with cilantro ginger sauce over millet, green peas, carrot salad, fruit compote.
One wonderful part of community is the joy in creating traditions. For the second year, CoHoots gathered to honor kids starting kindergarten. This year the \"older kids\" who had been honored the previous year had fun joining the arch to welcome their younger \"niblings\" (aka neighborhood siblings).
At the peak of harvest season, this meal featured locally grown roasted chiles from the Farmers Market, plus asian pears grown at CoHo. The Menu: tortilla soup, yeast cornmeal rolls, asian pear-jicama-golden raisin salad, fresh veggies from the garden, watermelon-jicama salad, and blueberry soup.
Our Wellness Retreat Team went on a field trip to scope out a possible location for our fall retreat. We wanted a spot that was within biking distance from Corvallis and that was wheelchair accessible. We fell in love with Camp Whispering Winds. Check out other photo galleries of our fall retreats to see Camp Whispering Winds overrun by happy CoHoots.
Yes, that was CoHo you saw on a 2008 episode of HouseHunters. We were open to unique ways of recruiting residents, so said \"yes\" when asked to film this episode. The basic premise doesn\'t fit the way in which folks select a cohousing community, but it was an interesting experience. The crew took about 8 hours to shoot a 30-second piece of the show on The Path. They also prompted us to shout in unison \"We Love Living Green!\" at a community meal they filmed. Unfortunately, that bit was cut. Sigh....
The Food Folks Team gathered lots of input from CoHoots while designing our meal program. A photographer perched on a ladder recorded folks\' meal preferences so the team could study the data attached to smiling faces! Fingers held up represent the preferences of folks who were calling into the meeting from out of town/state.
Lumber that was milled on site has been used for interior trim in our Common House, dining room tables, outdoor benches, the fence on the north side of our property. See the article Sustainability in Action in our CoHo newsletter for more photos of milling lumber on site (http://cohoecovillage.org/newsletters/CohoNewsletter33.pdf ).
CoHoots assembled at the site prior to move-in to work on plants and irrigation. As you review the photos, notice the majestic Old Oak in the background.... Here\'s our Farewell to the Old Oak: September 8, 2007 A few minutes after the first tree was planted during today’s landscape work party, our 300 to 400-year-old Oak tree came crashing down. A loud splintering noise drew the attention of about 40 CoHoots and friends who were on site planting trees and bushes. Folks rushed to the tree, verifying that on one was hurt and no property was damaged. Shock and sadness, mixed with relief that the tree came down now before move-in, were shared as people stood quietly by the downed tree. The special quality of the majestic tree was strongly felt. It was as though an ailing elder had waited for all loved ones to gather before saying farewell and letting go. The Old Oak was the focal point of the community, anchoring one end of the central walkway, with the Common House at the other end. It was probably the most photographed feature of our site. Today, the Old Oak watched over us as we assembled at the Common House, got a safety briefing, rounded up the kids for a trip to the park, dug dirt, and planted the first trees. Then the Old Oak took one last graceful bow and we raced to its side. Farewell old friend….
In mid January 2006, CoHo members conducted a Mock Home Selection to get practice in the collaborative process of selecting our homes. The process CoHo designed focused on needs/wants, home preferences, and affinity preferences by building. Folks are holding phones because some out-of-town members were calling into the meeting. See Newsletter Issue 1 for details.
We celebrated our many accomplishments at this winter\'s retreat and then looked ahead to our lives together living in community. And we played and connected with each other and ate and strolled outside and welcomed new members. It was a very relaxing and invigorating day-a preview of life in cohousing in 2007. A special moment was sharing appreciations with Bruce, our community co-founder.
In mid February 2006, CoHo members met for two afternoons to make their final home selections. With the experience gained from Mock Home Selection held in January and lots of time to think, members selected homes and we had some unexpected changes! The emphasis was definitely on COhousing, the core commitment to living together in community rather than on coHOUSING (the real estate). Folks decorated small paper doors and then pasted them on the CoHo map to show the unit selected. Details are covered in Newsletter Issue 3.
Our groundbreaking marked the “End of the Beginning” pre-construction phase of CoHo development. Years of work via countless meetings, brainstorming sessions, annexation campaigns, information booths, emails, parades, phone calls, potlucks and consensus decisions brought CoHo to this special day of celebration. Local dignitaries and officials shared their congratulations for the contributions of many individuals, organizations, and government agencies.