Marsh Commons

Arcata, California, United States

  • Last updated: March 11, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Mission Statement

neighborliness/sustainable

Community Description

We are a cohousing community located in a university town in northern California. Arcata has active art, environmental, and spiritual communities, making it a socially rich place to live. We also have easy access to the redwood forest, beaches, mountains, and other natural wonders.

Marsh Commons site is a reused industrial property adjacent to a wildlife sanctuary and marsh with many miles of walking trails. We chose this site for its location close to the town plaza and to a beautiful wild place.

Our houses and common house feature sustainable materials, including carpet from pop bottles, redwood from an old barn we tore down, reused lighting, flooring resawn from old mill buildings, recycled-newspaper insulation, sustainably harvested construction lumber, and recycled-plastic lumber for decking.

We have weekly meals, celebrate together, have a vegetable garden, and respect each others individuality.

Houses to buy and rentals become available intermittently.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 1998
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Website address: http://www.MarshCommons.org/
  • Contact Name: Marsh Commons
  • Community Address:
    101 H Street, Suite A
    Arcata, California, 95521
    United States
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About

  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 2 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes, Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)

Membership

  • Adult Members: 29
  • Child Members: 8
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Economics

  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Large Scale Kitchen
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: About once a 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), Mostly Vegetarian, Mostly Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used often.
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual