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The 2019 National Cohousing Conference in Portland, Oregon was a huge success. For information about future conferences visit the CohoUS website and subscribe to the newsletter. You can view and download a souvenir PDF with photos and more info about the conference.
Saturday, June 1 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
PANEL: Growing Food

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Urban and rural cohousing communities around the country are discovering creative ways to grow garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Representatives from several different communities will describe ways their gardens nourish participants and their communities as a whole. Bring your questions and participate in the discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Musick

Mark Musick

Vashon Island Cohousing
Mark grew up in a small town on the shores of Puget Sound. He co-founded the regional Tilth Association in 1974 and for ten years he was a member of a pioneer Community Land Trust farm. Forced to quit farming by the late effects of childhood polio, in the mid-1980s he moved to Seattle... Read More →
avatar for Dean Smith

Dean Smith

Evergeen State Sustainable Communities
Dean is one of the founders of Sunnyside Village Cohousing in Marysville, WA.  In the course this effort he enumerates the difficulties of getting cohousing started and suggests solutions in local, state and national policies.  Facebook... Read More →
avatar for Susan Fries

Susan Fries

PDX Commons
Susan Fries is a co-founder and Membership Coordinator of PDX Commons, a 55+ cohousing community in Portland OR. She had previously thrived while living in an cooperative house in graduate school, so when it was time to downsize, cohousing was the perfect choice. Begun in 2013, with... Read More →
avatar for Nola Hitchcock Cross

Nola Hitchcock Cross

Milwaukee Area Cohousing
Owner & Managing attorney, Cross Law Firm, SC, Milwaukee, WI; handled legal work for housing, consumer & worker cooperatives, co-living groups & land trustsFounded Riveredge Housing Cooperative in 1976 in Milwaukee, a row of 10 townhouses & gardens, with first mortgage from National... Read More →
avatar for Ole Errson

Ole Errson

Kailash Ecovillage
Ole cofounded Kailash Ecovillage, a rental model cohousing community accessible to lower income Portland residents, in 2007. Its main focus is food production and includes on-site composting of all kitchen and garden wastes as well as a permitted humanure composting and urine diversion... Read More →



Saturday June 1, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Council