Walnut Street Co-op
Eugene, Oregon, United States
- Last updated: April 3, 2017 (1 month ago)
- Listing created on: October 4, 2004
We provide affordable shared housing with a strong inclination towards social change & sustainability.
- Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
- Started Planning: 2000
- Start Living Together: 2000
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
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- Website address: http://walnutstreetco-op.org/
- Business, Project, or Organization: http://walnutstreetco-op.org
- Other social: https://walnutstcoop.wordpress.com
- Contact Name: Tom Atlee, Zoe Tribur, Sarah Shmigelsky
- Phone: 541-484-1156
- Community Address:
1680 Walnut St
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-2062
- Type(s): Shared Housing, Cohouseholding, or Coliving (multiple individuals sharing a dwelling)
- Location: Urban
- Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
- Identified Leader: No
- Leadership Core Group: Yes
- Additional Comments:
All residents participate equally in day-to-day decisions, including chores, activities, shared foods, and acceptance of new residents, usually in house meetings or through email discussions. The board of the co-op is responsible for the long-term well-being of the community and makes decisions on financing, capital improvements and a few other matters as specified in our bylaws.
Our governing spirit is “feeling our way together” summarized in the term “co-sensing”.
Weekly house meetings
- Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
- Shared Income: None
- Required Labor Contribution: Encouraged or suggested
- Open to members with existing debt: Yes
- Additional Comments:
We share food expenses, currently $140/month per person which stocks an extensive, entirely vegetarian, mostly organic and/or local pantry.
Cook/clean for one dinner per week, and participate in house chores, monthly work parties, weekly house meetings, and occasional other projects as needed. (Cooking dinner is expected with some exceptions allowed. Chores are largely self-assigned and reported (and sometimes discussed) at meetings; a wide range of engagement is respected but sincere co-creative participation is expected and offered.)
We each contribute monthly for rent, utilities, and food.
- Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
- Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
- Energy sources: Clean Energy from the Grid, Connected to the Grid
- Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
- Current food produced: Up to 25%
- Planned food produced: Up to 25%
- Food produced locally: Between 26-49%
- Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Fire pit, Recreational vehicles, Internet, TV, office, wi-fi, musical instruments, storage, laundry, kitchens, bike garage
- Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
- Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
- Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
- Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
- Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Paleo (no grains, dairy, processed foods, or legumes), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Raw or Mostly Raw, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, we have had all kinds of dietary preferences here, and try to accommodate at every dinner. We have separate veg and meat kitchens.
- Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
- Special Diets OK: Yes
- Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
- Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
- Additional Diet Comments:
Dinners Monday-Friday are organized – everyone cooks/cleans once per week, and informally we often cook for each other more than that, using the (almost all organic) food we all buy collectively.
Vegetable & herb garden in front yard; fruit trees; five chickens. Buy much of our produce from local/alternative markets and usually subscribe to a CSA (community supported agriculture farm).
As a community we buy only vegetarian food, however individuals are free to buy meat with their own money and store/cook it in the second kitchen.
Beer/wine generally, sometimes we brew our own beer.
Tobacco use is permitted outdoors only
- Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious Community
- Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
- Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
Community Network or Organization Affiliations
The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), Northwest Intentional Communities Association
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