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Communities magazine #167 - Food and Community
Communities magazine – Life in Cooperative Culture

Since 1972, Communities magazine has been the primary resource for information, stories, and ideas about intentional communities in North America—including urban co-ops, cohousing groups, ecovillages, and rural communes.

Communities now also focuses on creating and enhancing community in the workplace, in nonprofit or activist organizations, and in neighborhoods, with enhanced coverage of international communities as well. We explore the joys and challenges of cooperation in its many dimensions.

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Fall 2015, Issue #168: Community and the Law

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Articles from recent issues (and the current issue) of Communities magazine

We Got An Egg!: A Study in Scarcity

We Got An Egg!: A Study in Scarcity

At the Global Village, schoolchildren get a taste of impoverished peoples’ struggles to feed themselves.More…

Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

Hot Topic, Raw Emotion, and the Spice of Life: Chewing over Food Choice in Community

At La’akea, members’ various approaches to food reflect the quest for emotional as well as physical sustainability. More…

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

How the Kitchen Is the Heart of a Community

A shared kitchen provides not just physical sustenance, but emotional benefits and greater connection to our food and one another.More…

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

Cookin’ Dinner for the Revolution

A vibrant, reliable, and nourishing home-base can provide activists with a much-needed feeling of sustainability.More…

Why I’m a Locavore

Why I’m a Locavore

By eating food grown locally by farmers we know, we can create a strong and resilient local food system and a healthier community. More…

Food and Community, #167 Contents

Food and Community, #167 Contents

Food and community are both at the core of our experience as human beings. Food brings us together and helps us understand and define who we are in groups. It highlights our interdependence and brings up core issues such as how we make decisions, how we relate to one another and the earth, and how we balance individual and collective needs and preferences. In “Food and Community,” our authors share stories and explore issues from locavoracity to global consciousness.More…

Short-Term Vacation Cohousing: A Great Way to Learn

Short-Term Vacation Cohousing: A Great Way to Learn

Two retirees discover a way to explore cohousing without long-term commitment—and after several extended visits, decide it’s for them.More…

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

A Baby Boomer Rediscovers Community

After falling into a disillusioning “status quo” existence, a baby boomer rekindles his zeal (and ability) to live by his values at Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage.More…

The Power of Community

The Power of Community

Cohousing can offer a much-improved quality of life to seniors and others; it’s time to break free of the self-inflicted “Oh, that’s not me!”More…

My Father the Toddler

My Father the Toddler

An ex-communitarian tending full-time to an aging parent reflects on how intentional communities can help shift our approach to elder care.More…

The Intergenerational Challenge

The Intergenerational Challenge

Bringing in older members can present costs but also yield great benefits, especially in maintenance and development of the community and—when handled well—in mentorship.More…

Every Eight Seconds

Every Eight Seconds

As intentional communities model new approaches to elder care, baby boomers can lead the way in transforming how we age in our society.More…

Living Intergenerationally at Dancing Rabbit: “The Times They Are A-Changin’…”

Living Intergenerationally at Dancing Rabbit: “The Times They Are A-Changin’…”

Finding themselves to be elders in a multi-generational community, two baby boomers resist, accept, then finally embrace the idea that age DOES matter.More…

The New Communities

The New Communities

Our new format features 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper, as well as color throughout the issue—better reflecting both our ecological values and the richness of life in cooperative culture.More…

Community for Baby Boomers, #166 Contents

Community for Baby Boomers, #166 Contents

What role can baby boomers (born 1946-1964) play in a new resurgence of intentional community living? Where can they find and offer support to meet their and others’ needs over their final decades of life? How can aging baby boomers regain the sense of community that defined much of their generation as youth and young adults? What gifts do baby boomers offer to younger generations? In “Community for Baby Boomers,” our contributors explore these questions and many more.More…

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
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