The Midden

Last updated: July 8, 2014 (1 year ago)

Listing created on: September 30, 2008

The Midden

(Columbus, Ohio, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 2008
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Mattie
  • Phone: 614-725-4333
  • Address:
    379 Chittenden Ave
    Columbus, Ohio, 43201
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes

    We are open to new members, and are especially looking for folks who have demonstrated interest and experience in collective living, social consciousness/mindfulness, emotional self-awareness, and/or radical political projects. We are a tight group, but we all have lives, and can’t give you much of a schedule or structure for your visit.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Egalitarian Urban Radical

Community Description:

We do it ourselves.
Capitalism and consumerism have detached us from our surroundings and each other; we choose to re-connect through stubborn ingenuity. Our days are lively and varied, filled with carpentry, impromptu cop watches, and adventures in foraging. We grow, process, and patch things together. We invent, make, and maintain our social, physical, and economic world.

We’re anti-authoritarian.
Hierarchy and domination rule the day, but we don’t need to let them rule our lives. We practice horizontal decision-making to reach honest and compelling consensus. We recognize the interconnectedness of systems of privilege and oppression, and we are not content to leave their (broken, painful) effects alone. We train in self-defense, and deal directly with conflict rather than deferring to authorities. We work to create free and safe spaces. We practice communism, egalitarianism, active communication, and mutual aid. We disrupt the status quo. We queer stuff.

Responsible Use of Resources
We recognize that we live in a society that is based on infinite growth in a world with finite resources, so we use and reuse what we can. We choose to deepen and defend social and ecological diversity before pursuing our own financial interests. We also recognize that “resources” are not only physical materials but also our bodies, our energy, our time and our friends; they are rainwater, wild food, dumpsters.

We’re social.
We deploy the power of people and community not to banish solitude, but to conquer isolation. Our community extends beyond our house into the city, across the state, and into national and global networks. We travel, host potlucks and guests, and help our neighbors. We make time to be present with each other and ourselves. We share inspiration and intimacy; creativity, curiosity, and fun.

We’re solid.
We know where we stand in relation to the neighborhood, the city and the community—and we own and shape that position. We hold practices and policies that keep us stable, effective and creative as individuals and as a group. We to think about what we think, want, and need, we make ourselves resilient and able to adapt to change.


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
  • Healthcare Style(s): Partial, Special, or Limited Community Plan


  • Type: Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.)
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 0.12 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Current renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 0%, or close to 0%

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Close to all income
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Planned food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Mostly Vegetarian


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used often.


  • Additional comments: Not used indoors


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC)

Community Affiliations

Emma Goldman Finishing School

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