Co-op Details

4709 SE 64th Ave
Portland, OR 97206
fostervillagepdx@gmail.com
Basic Info:

Foster Village is an Intentional Community & housing co-op in SE Portland in the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood. We are three households, a tiny house, 9 humans, a cat, 3 chickens, and a bountiful garden of veggies and herbs, native plants, and fruit trees

Mission Statement:

We, Foster Village, heal from our inherited fractured culture, affirm our interdependence, and model resilient social and ecological relations to foster the emergence of a new culture. We relearn old ways and co-create new ways of living together in community to become more fully human; to increase our capacity to practice, teach, demonstrate and learn the cycles that nourish ourselves and our land.

Fosterville operates in accordance to our values of mutual aid, earth-tending, and shared personal growth.
Mutual aid: We enact systems to enrich our individual and collective lives by replacing competitive struggle with care, collaboration and cooperation.
Ways we practice: shared ownership, values-based consensus decision making, coalitions, tiered membership.
Earth tending: We choose our actions as stewards, mindful of our impact as humans on this planet. Through our tending of home, we design and maintain land and water systems which honor diversity, stability, and beauty of natural ecosystems.
Ways we practice: greywater systems, rainwater catchment, humanure, local food buying, bulk buying, growing food, solar energy, and celebrating natural cycles.
Shared Personal Growth: We embody the awareness that all struggles for liberation are interconnected, and we support and work for systemic change. We engage in the ongoing process of critical self/group reflection to build our resilience, and model this for others.
Ways we practice: accountability processes; honesty; self-aware communication and compassionate witnessing; supporting each other’s growth; and promoting these through workshops, tours, and gatherings.

Type of Housing Offered: Single rooms
Number of Buildings: 3
Wheelchair Accessible:

no

Open to visitors?:

yes

Approximate Monthly Rent Including Utilities:

$700

Labor Requirements:

~ Foster Village Member Expectations ~

Community Systems/Committees
All members participate fully in community systems best practices, outlined in the welcome packet.
All members serve on at least one standing committee

Humanure
On a rotating basis, serve on a team of two to maintain humanure system (All members serve a month-long humanure shift during which they dump buckets 1x/week for 4 weeks, and average a couple shifts per year)
When ending a shift, the current Humanure team sends an email to the “PHOF Listserve” to let the entire community know what the scoop is.

Yard/Garden

Each member spends at least 6 hours per month maintaining our common grounds. There are plenty of ongoing as well as occasional tasks that need our care:
Weeding/removing grass & noxious weeds from all areas of the village
Weeding around plants we want to thrive
Organizing/returning “stuff” to proper places on the property
Pruning fruit trees
Watering perennial plants/trees in summer
Applying mulch to paths, signing up for more mulch
Emptying finished humanure compost to storage containers and/or distributing to woody or perennial plants
Repairing/maintaining outdoor structures, furniture, tools, etc.
Cleaning the inside of open-top rain barrels once per year
Maintaining our grey water systems (clean out mulch basins, etc.)

Finances
We each have two automatic withdrawals set up from our personal credit union account to pay directly to Foster Village, to be received by the village by the 1st of the month. (One payment is for house mortgage share and maintenance fund, and one is for community funds including bulk food, yard/garden, and utilities.) Members ensure that they are using identifying $.xx amount on these automatic transfers (preferred) or that their transfers have their name associated with the transfer record.

Foster Village Co-op can not lend money to individual members.

Each associate member pays a deposit within 30 days of moving into Foster Village. If the associate member becomes a full member, the deposit will become their Membershare. Upon departure, if there are no outstanding fees this will be returned.

Meetings
Weekly group meetings are mandatory, not optional. Members attend at least ⅚ of our community meetings, leaving space to miss an average of two meetings per quarter. Members agree to inform the community (and specifically contact the facilitator) as soon as possible if we will miss a meeting, and review the notes of the meetings we missed as soon as possible.

Members become familiar with our best practices to Facilitate and Scribe our meetings, and regularly contribute these skills to our meeting process. (Everyone facilitates and/or scribes at least twice a year.)

Ongoingly, every member shares the responsibility to support our meetings to go well. (Be aware of the energy that we bring. Support the facilitator in getting the meeting started on time, and contributing to a workable energy and time-container.)

We use values based consensus process. All members need to familiarize themselves with the Fostervillage values and consensus process.

Maintenance of Homes owned by Co-op

Dinners
Three nights/week, members can count on community dinners. In order to support this, members contribute by cooking two to three nutritionally-balanced community dinners/meals every calendar month. Sign up on the “Meals” Google calendar by the last meeting of each month, for the next month’s meals.
Members take care during meal preparation to note other Members’ dietary restrictions to the extent possible. If a member wishes to invite a guest to dinner, we get in communication with the cook as soon as possible about dietary needs.
Meals are served between 6:30 and 7:30pm (ideally) so that more villains can dine together. It is expected that the dinner bell is rung loudly when the food is ready or, if the bell is out of order, everyone at the ville is notified in person.
Any villain wanting to share dinner but who won’t be present at mealtime can request of the cook a plate set-aside and this is done at the beginning of the meal.

Food Buying
Members commit to prioritizing using bulk foods before purchasing other staples, or if the stock of staples doesn’t meet their dietary needs, to inform the community and the bulk buyer of their needs.
Members commit to prioritizing communal food purchases aligned with our values, preferencing People’s Co-op purchases and other locally-owned small businesses over corporate chains, non-local, etc. Members also strive to produce less waste, and buy foods with less packaging. (That said, we also acknowledge that food is a very personal, cultural, and sometimes emotional aspect of daily self-care as well as our communal connection. Our personal connections with food are linked with our personal connections with security and comfort, and we honor each other’s personal food choices and needs while also seeking a balance within our collective values.)
Members share the cost of bulk foods village-wide, and divvy the cost of other grocery purchases within each household. (If members wish to have personal food items, they exclude that cost from the household food tally, and then label that food item with their initials.) We strive to fill the kitchen with more collective food items than personal.

Recycling/Trash
All members and their guests agree to uphold the “no lids in curbside recycling” policy. Additional information about what’s garbage and what’s recycling can be found in the mudroom of the FiGG house.
“When in doubt, throw it out.”
First of all, we reduce our trash by striving to purchase things with less packaging.
Please be aware of what items we bring onto the land. When wanting to upcycle or add to a resource pile (i.e. used furniture, tools, that cool thing you found on the side of the road etc) - Ask yourself, “will this thing break soon and become trash around the land? - If it’s broken, can we compost or recycle it or is it waste?”

Conduct and Accountability Processes

We honor that it takes time and patience to learn how to live & work gracefully together. We face conflict with compassionate curiosity and courage. We practice honest communication. We trust in the deeper connection and strength of our commonality. We view our challenges as opportunities for healing. Because we value the need for working through conflicts together in these ways, we agree to
actively build our communication skills
practice making good faith attempts at speaking directly when a conflict arises, as soon as possible after we realize a conflict exists.
use our heart space meetings to offer a regular venue for conflict transformation to
Seek “supported conversations” or “witnessed conversations” with land mates

If this does not resolve the conflict, we ask for help and support from each other, and try again (perhaps multiple times in different ways). If our resources within the village do not resolve the conflict, we utilize mediation services from the broader community.

Group Email and Calendar Systems

Foster Village has two listserves that all members must be signed up for:
Fostervillage@googlegroups.com
purpleheartorangefigg@googlegroups.com

Members commit to keeping up with Village correspondence through these listseves by checking that email group at least twice/week.

Emails serve us as a group when they are informative and/or connective. Members agree and support each other to not send charged emotionally tense communication through email.

Foster Village has a series of calendars that need to be signed up for:
Meals (sign up for dinner cooking, and see who’s cooking)
Beyond the ‘Ville (for events happening out n about)
Travel & Guests (for when you’re leaving town, or when you have visitors for more than a night or 2)
Fosterville Happenings (for meetings/events/workparties at home)
Humanure Doooty rotation
Maintenance projects

Member Expectations Check List

Rolls and Responsibilities Around the Village
I am currently a part of one committee and continue to engage in learning about best practices and other systems. My committee is ___________________
I understand my humanure responsibilities and I have been added to the dumper rotation.
I understand how to plug in for at least six hours per month towards yard maintenance.
I will cook 2-3 dinners per month for the village
I understand recycling systems and reduction of waste at Fostervillage
I understand the food buying agreements at Fostervillage

Meetings
I will prioritize my attendance at community meetings, communicate my absences to the facilitator, and read the notes.
I will sign up to be a part of facilitation and note taking at meetings at least twice
I will continue to deepen my understanding of Foster Village values and consensus process.

Finances
I have created an identifiable automatic transfer for community funds
I have created an identifiable automatic transfer for mortgage share
I have paid a deposit/membership share
I understand that Foster Village Co-op can not lend money to individual members.

Communication
I will stay up to date with village email correspondence, twice a week.
I agree to support each other to not send charged emotionally tense communication through email

I have signed up for the listserves that Fostervillage uses most regularly:
Fostervillage@googlegroups.com
purpleheartorangefigg@googlegroups.com

I have signed up for the following shared calendars and I understand how to use googlecalendars:
Meals (sign up for dinner cooking and see who’s cooking)
Beyond the ‘Ville (for events happening out n about)
Travel & Guests (for when you’re leaving town, or when you have visitors for more than a night or 2)
Fosterville Happenings (for meetings/events/workparties at home)
Humanure Doooty rotation
Maintenance projects

Shared Amenities: Communal spaces, Shared kitchen, Garden, Shared tools, Bike storage, Washer and dryer, Wireless internet
Frequency of Shared Meals:

4 days a week

4709 SE 64th Ave
Portland, OR 97206
fostervillagepdx@gmail.com
Basic Info:

Foster Village is an Intentional Community & housing co-op in SE Portland in the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood. We are three households, a tiny house, 9 humans, a cat, 3 chickens, and a bountiful garden of veggies and herbs, native plants, and fruit trees

Mission Statement:

We, Foster Village, heal from our inherited fractured culture, affirm our interdependence, and model resilient social and ecological relations to foster the emergence of a new culture. We relearn old ways and co-create new ways of living together in community to become more fully human; to increase our capacity to practice, teach, demonstrate and learn the cycles that nourish ourselves and our land.

Fosterville operates in accordance to our values of mutual aid, earth-tending, and shared personal growth.
Mutual aid: We enact systems to enrich our individual and collective lives by replacing competitive struggle with care, collaboration and cooperation.
Ways we practice: shared ownership, values-based consensus decision making, coalitions, tiered membership.
Earth tending: We choose our actions as stewards, mindful of our impact as humans on this planet. Through our tending of home, we design and maintain land and water systems which honor diversity, stability, and beauty of natural ecosystems.
Ways we practice: greywater systems, rainwater catchment, humanure, local food buying, bulk buying, growing food, solar energy, and celebrating natural cycles.
Shared Personal Growth: We embody the awareness that all struggles for liberation are interconnected, and we support and work for systemic change. We engage in the ongoing process of critical self/group reflection to build our resilience, and model this for others.
Ways we practice: accountability processes; honesty; self-aware communication and compassionate witnessing; supporting each other’s growth; and promoting these through workshops, tours, and gatherings.

Type of Housing Offered: Single rooms
Number of Buildings: 3
Wheelchair Accessible:

no

Open to visitors?:

yes

Approximate Monthly Rent Including Utilities:

$700

Labor Requirements:

~ Foster Village Member Expectations ~

Community Systems/Committees
All members participate fully in community systems best practices, outlined in the welcome packet.
All members serve on at least one standing committee

Humanure
On a rotating basis, serve on a team of two to maintain humanure system (All members serve a month-long humanure shift during which they dump buckets 1x/week for 4 weeks, and average a couple shifts per year)
When ending a shift, the current Humanure team sends an email to the “PHOF Listserve” to let the entire community know what the scoop is.

Yard/Garden

Each member spends at least 6 hours per month maintaining our common grounds. There are plenty of ongoing as well as occasional tasks that need our care:
Weeding/removing grass & noxious weeds from all areas of the village
Weeding around plants we want to thrive
Organizing/returning “stuff” to proper places on the property
Pruning fruit trees
Watering perennial plants/trees in summer
Applying mulch to paths, signing up for more mulch
Emptying finished humanure compost to storage containers and/or distributing to woody or perennial plants
Repairing/maintaining outdoor structures, furniture, tools, etc.
Cleaning the inside of open-top rain barrels once per year
Maintaining our grey water systems (clean out mulch basins, etc.)

Finances
We each have two automatic withdrawals set up from our personal credit union account to pay directly to Foster Village, to be received by the village by the 1st of the month. (One payment is for house mortgage share and maintenance fund, and one is for community funds including bulk food, yard/garden, and utilities.) Members ensure that they are using identifying $.xx amount on these automatic transfers (preferred) or that their transfers have their name associated with the transfer record.

Foster Village Co-op can not lend money to individual members.

Each associate member pays a deposit within 30 days of moving into Foster Village. If the associate member becomes a full member, the deposit will become their Membershare. Upon departure, if there are no outstanding fees this will be returned.

Meetings
Weekly group meetings are mandatory, not optional. Members attend at least ⅚ of our community meetings, leaving space to miss an average of two meetings per quarter. Members agree to inform the community (and specifically contact the facilitator) as soon as possible if we will miss a meeting, and review the notes of the meetings we missed as soon as possible.

Members become familiar with our best practices to Facilitate and Scribe our meetings, and regularly contribute these skills to our meeting process. (Everyone facilitates and/or scribes at least twice a year.)

Ongoingly, every member shares the responsibility to support our meetings to go well. (Be aware of the energy that we bring. Support the facilitator in getting the meeting started on time, and contributing to a workable energy and time-container.)

We use values based consensus process. All members need to familiarize themselves with the Fostervillage values and consensus process.

Maintenance of Homes owned by Co-op

Dinners
Three nights/week, members can count on community dinners. In order to support this, members contribute by cooking two to three nutritionally-balanced community dinners/meals every calendar month. Sign up on the “Meals” Google calendar by the last meeting of each month, for the next month’s meals.
Members take care during meal preparation to note other Members’ dietary restrictions to the extent possible. If a member wishes to invite a guest to dinner, we get in communication with the cook as soon as possible about dietary needs.
Meals are served between 6:30 and 7:30pm (ideally) so that more villains can dine together. It is expected that the dinner bell is rung loudly when the food is ready or, if the bell is out of order, everyone at the ville is notified in person.
Any villain wanting to share dinner but who won’t be present at mealtime can request of the cook a plate set-aside and this is done at the beginning of the meal.

Food Buying
Members commit to prioritizing using bulk foods before purchasing other staples, or if the stock of staples doesn’t meet their dietary needs, to inform the community and the bulk buyer of their needs.
Members commit to prioritizing communal food purchases aligned with our values, preferencing People’s Co-op purchases and other locally-owned small businesses over corporate chains, non-local, etc. Members also strive to produce less waste, and buy foods with less packaging. (That said, we also acknowledge that food is a very personal, cultural, and sometimes emotional aspect of daily self-care as well as our communal connection. Our personal connections with food are linked with our personal connections with security and comfort, and we honor each other’s personal food choices and needs while also seeking a balance within our collective values.)
Members share the cost of bulk foods village-wide, and divvy the cost of other grocery purchases within each household. (If members wish to have personal food items, they exclude that cost from the household food tally, and then label that food item with their initials.) We strive to fill the kitchen with more collective food items than personal.

Recycling/Trash
All members and their guests agree to uphold the “no lids in curbside recycling” policy. Additional information about what’s garbage and what’s recycling can be found in the mudroom of the FiGG house.
“When in doubt, throw it out.”
First of all, we reduce our trash by striving to purchase things with less packaging.
Please be aware of what items we bring onto the land. When wanting to upcycle or add to a resource pile (i.e. used furniture, tools, that cool thing you found on the side of the road etc) - Ask yourself, “will this thing break soon and become trash around the land? - If it’s broken, can we compost or recycle it or is it waste?”

Conduct and Accountability Processes

We honor that it takes time and patience to learn how to live & work gracefully together. We face conflict with compassionate curiosity and courage. We practice honest communication. We trust in the deeper connection and strength of our commonality. We view our challenges as opportunities for healing. Because we value the need for working through conflicts together in these ways, we agree to
actively build our communication skills
practice making good faith attempts at speaking directly when a conflict arises, as soon as possible after we realize a conflict exists.
use our heart space meetings to offer a regular venue for conflict transformation to
Seek “supported conversations” or “witnessed conversations” with land mates

If this does not resolve the conflict, we ask for help and support from each other, and try again (perhaps multiple times in different ways). If our resources within the village do not resolve the conflict, we utilize mediation services from the broader community.

Group Email and Calendar Systems

Foster Village has two listserves that all members must be signed up for:
Fostervillage@googlegroups.com
purpleheartorangefigg@googlegroups.com

Members commit to keeping up with Village correspondence through these listseves by checking that email group at least twice/week.

Emails serve us as a group when they are informative and/or connective. Members agree and support each other to not send charged emotionally tense communication through email.

Foster Village has a series of calendars that need to be signed up for:
Meals (sign up for dinner cooking, and see who’s cooking)
Beyond the ‘Ville (for events happening out n about)
Travel & Guests (for when you’re leaving town, or when you have visitors for more than a night or 2)
Fosterville Happenings (for meetings/events/workparties at home)
Humanure Doooty rotation
Maintenance projects

Member Expectations Check List

Rolls and Responsibilities Around the Village
I am currently a part of one committee and continue to engage in learning about best practices and other systems. My committee is ___________________
I understand my humanure responsibilities and I have been added to the dumper rotation.
I understand how to plug in for at least six hours per month towards yard maintenance.
I will cook 2-3 dinners per month for the village
I understand recycling systems and reduction of waste at Fostervillage
I understand the food buying agreements at Fostervillage

Meetings
I will prioritize my attendance at community meetings, communicate my absences to the facilitator, and read the notes.
I will sign up to be a part of facilitation and note taking at meetings at least twice
I will continue to deepen my understanding of Foster Village values and consensus process.

Finances
I have created an identifiable automatic transfer for community funds
I have created an identifiable automatic transfer for mortgage share
I have paid a deposit/membership share
I understand that Foster Village Co-op can not lend money to individual members.

Communication
I will stay up to date with village email correspondence, twice a week.
I agree to support each other to not send charged emotionally tense communication through email

I have signed up for the listserves that Fostervillage uses most regularly:
Fostervillage@googlegroups.com
purpleheartorangefigg@googlegroups.com

I have signed up for the following shared calendars and I understand how to use googlecalendars:
Meals (sign up for dinner cooking and see who’s cooking)
Beyond the ‘Ville (for events happening out n about)
Travel & Guests (for when you’re leaving town, or when you have visitors for more than a night or 2)
Fosterville Happenings (for meetings/events/workparties at home)
Humanure Doooty rotation
Maintenance projects

Shared Amenities: Communal spaces, Shared kitchen, Garden, Shared tools, Bike storage, Washer and dryer, Wireless internet
Frequency of Shared Meals:

4 days a week