Formed: 1972 Established: 1972
This page last updated:3/4/2013
Castle Douglas, Scotland,
This co-operative of around 24 people of all ages is now well into its fourth decade. We live in and around a huge Edwardian main house, with its walled garden, stables and cottages, surrounded by 135 acres of beautiful woods, pastures and marshland which stretch to a loch in the north. Trees we planted are now being coppiced. Living spaces - communal kitchens, one-person flats, family homes - use wood for heating and cooking. A hydro supplies much of our electricity.
From Easter to October a programme of events (music, self-help, creative, gay, etc.) brings up to 70 extra people a week. We grow as much fruit and vegetables as we can, keep cows, pigs, hens and bees, and do most of our own maintenance. All of us pay a large portion of our rent in unwaged labour for the co-op. This means ideally spending about two and a half days a week doing what we call “workshare”.
Issues that affect everybody come to a weekly co-op meeting in which decisions are made by consensus. Co-operation is our common ideology; under that umbrella we lean this way and that, are generally better at dealing with tomorrow than next year, are supportive of each other as individuals as well as co-op members... and we try to have a good time!
If you want to know more, please email email@example.com for an e-copy of our newsletter, which contains details of the courses we run and how to apply.
Joining this community can be a long process. The best way to start is to come on a Maintenance Week, of which there are only three per year. (Book early to avoid disappointment!) The newsletter comes out every January, and the visitor season runs from Easter to the end of September. We are not actively seeking new members, but are not closed to them either.
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Former/Other Names: (Housing Co-op)
This page last updated:3/4/2013
Visitor Process: Write a bit about yourself. Write to us giving your preferred dates, and preferred length of stay - usually one week to three months. Be prepared to contribute labour, and money. You are likely to be kitchen-sharing. Please give us a couple of months notice.
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Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
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Labor and Money
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150 acres (60.7 hectares)
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