Roots Cooperative

Last updated: June 16, 2015 (5 months ago)

Listing created on: June 14, 2012

Roots Cooperative

(Austin, Texas, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2012
  • Start Living Together: 2012
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Facebook:
  • Address:
    1708 Fortview Rd
    Austin, Texas, 78704
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    To take a visit, whether inquiring for occupancy or for knowledge share please contact the ROOTS email at and feel free to browse our facebook ( and communicate with us there.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Since we are consensus we all have to like you :)

    There are 4 parts to a good co-oper
    1. Can you pay bills on time?
    2. Can you be responsible for your community duties and chores?
    3. Are you always willing to grow and communicate?
    4. Are you self motivated?

    Send us a fb message or email letting us know these things as well as your desires and expectations living in a cooperative.

Mission Statement:

To listen, love, learn and act!

Community Description:

Roots Cooperative

We are one of the 8 community cooperative here in Austin Texas. Our focus is on environmental sustainability and community building. We are governed through consensus process and highly value communication. Roots was founded by 10 activists out of the Occupy movement and takes a strong political and social stance for equality by gaining awareness of societal generated oppression and creating a new standard for non-hierarchical relationships.

We have a few raised bed gardens, a hugelmound, wicking beds and an aquaponics system. Cats, dogs, people, chickens and the occasional guinea fowl and turkey live here. We are renters who all have different hopes and dreams. Some of us wish to acquire land and some wish to integrate into other types of societies, cultures and cooperatives. Our current goal is to open up the passions of each other with the freedom of expression and allow each individual to blossom while creating a stronger blueprint of how a coop should walk and talk.


  • Adult Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: any, all, and none

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other


  • Type: Shared Housing (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling.), Other
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 0.25 acres
  • Land owned by: An absentee landlord
  • Current Number of Residences: 8
  • Planned number of residences: 8
  • Additional Comments: Inquire inside

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debts)


  • Required Labor Contribution: 5



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Planned food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Food produced locally: Determined by Individuals or Households.


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 100 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)


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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
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge