Period: 2016 – 2020
Favorite Group Activity? Retreats were mostly fun: sauna and snow, hanging out casually without as much serious business, drunken shenanigans, staring at the stars in the wet grass
Favorite Co-op Meal? late night house brownies and popcorn
Favorite Co-op Party Theme? Triple birthday primordial soup complete with living room womb
Favorite Maintenance Project? “project manager” for the (hopefully still standing) hood vent stand with McKenzie (designer) and Gerhardt (fabricator) and stucco loan work with Patrick from Foley. Gotta love the big coop symbol on the front peak.
Do You Have Advice? Take it easy, stay focused, have fun
What does the Co-op mean to you?
The coop provided me a space to learn, grow and form new relationships. I gained many life skills while living at the coop and hope future generations can benefit from it as well. The culture of the house fluctuated but the spirit never faltered. I feel we are naturally drawn to this style of living, to build community and companionship and share resources through struggle and joy. Haphazard maintenance projects were enlightening and fun while providing a safe space to learn and grow while contributing to the community. I feel that these small projects are reflective of the whole experience of the coop. It was a comfortable place to learn and grow while making mistakes along the way. We weren’t perfect, but we were beautiful. I am forever grateful for the friendships I have formed from my time there, and am glad to have spent those years living at the coop which helped shape me into the person I am proud to be today. Oh, and are those cookies house by the way?