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Last updated: November 3, 2012 (1 year 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
San Francisco, California,
Visitors accepted: Yes
Our meetings are announced to the people on our mailing list.
Open to new Members: Yes
group self-directed learning
We are working toward founding a cohousing community in a multi-unit building in San Francisco, with the vision of adding adjoining properties later. (For the story of five families that purchased three adjacent duplexes together in Oakland and later used easements to add two adjacent houses, see cohousing.org/cm/article/temescal. And see nstreetcohousing.org for neighbors in Davis who gradually took down the backyard fences between 17 homes.)
We intend the backyard and most 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.