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From co-housing for aging boomers to co-housing in urban Brooklyn the idea of building intentional communities that combine shared communal space and property with private dwellings has a lot going for it, from a green point of view. Here we see a perfect example, as The Perennial Plate visits a Vermont co-housing community that doesn't just share tools or a common house, but also provides space for a commercial farm and cheese making operation. This is about as local and connected as food production can get.
As one resident suggests, co-housing isn't for everybody. And having known folks who have lived and left co-housing arrangements, I can attest to that. But there is deep value in intentional communities and the sharing that they encourage. And not just for the residents who do stay and make it work.
By exploring new ways of organizing and living together, there are countless lessons to be learned for broader society too. It's becoming increasingly apparent that the fossil-fuel driven, centralized economy is suffering a profound existential crisis. And as we see nimble, decentralized food production; a collaborative "sharing economy"; a focus on playing more and working less; and distributed energy production combining to offer viable, even superior, alternatives to business-as-usual, it will be lessons learned by pioneers like.Cobb Hill that help ease that transition for everybody.
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