Last updated: September 29, 2014 (2 months ago)
Listing created on: May 31, 2009
San Francisco Backyard Neighborhood and Learning Center
(San Francisco, California, United States)
- Status: Forming
- Formed: 2009
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://sfbnlc.wordpress.com
- Contact Name: SFBNLC
Visitors accepted: Yes
Our meetings are announced to the people on our mailing list.
Open to new Members: Yes
Our vision is to create a cohousing community in the heart of San Francisco where children are self-directed learners. We value diversity, social and ecological responsibility, mutual learning, and joy.
We intend the backyard and much of the ground-floor indoor space to be used as common area for all the members of this cohousing community, and we intend much of the common area to be used for self-directed learning by the residents and their guests, including adults and children of all ages. (Some of us are working on forming a co-op for self-directed learners, which will utilize our common area as well as other places in and around the city.)
The common area will have many opportunities for children to observe nature; interact with older and younger children and adults; run, climb, and jump; experiment with materials and processes; garden, cook, build, repair, and sew; dance and make music and artworks; play games; and, through it all, learn valuable life skills.
The learning center will probably start out as a backyard with gardens and play equipment; a large ground-floor playroom with educational materials; and a small workroom with tools. As the community adds adjoining properties, the learning center will grow and have more-specialized rooms, such as an arts and crafts room, a carpentry workshop, a chemistry lab, a music practice room, and a teenager hang-out room, depending on the interests of the children and the adults.
The Backyard Neighborhood could also be the seed of an urban ecovillage: a model of sustainable city living, with passive solar heating and cooling; rainwater catchment; greywater filtration; some energy production from biomass; small, quiet windmills and solar panels on rooftops; and a high degree of onsite food production.
More details are available at our website: sfbnlc.wordpress.com.
We are keeping a list of people who might want to participate in the community, as residents and/or as members of a co-op for self-directed learners.