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Sunday, December 11th, 2005
9:21 pm
[nibot]
Ant Hill Cooperative: Good Food, Good People, and Community Living

Ant Hill Cooperative, a housing cooperative located in the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood, is seeking new members. We are currently a community of 17 people (20 to 30 in age) who live in several large houses and apartments on South Plymouth Avenue, where we share chores, cook and eat together, and run our organization democratically.

Essentially, a housing co-op is sort of a glorified living-with-roommates situation, one with organized chore rotations, and a business plan aimed at group ownership of property. We are seeking new members (residents).

We started up in Summer 2005 with two rented houses at 960 and 972 South Plymouth Avenue, conveniently located across the Genesee River from the University of Rochester and within commuting distance to several other universities. Ant Hill will be not only a communal living environment for its residents, but a focal point of the community. Like many other housing co-ops, we aim to be not just a supportive, affordable, and ecologically responsible place to live, but a place for exchange of ideas, building of community, incubation of creative projects, and development of ways of living that further our goals. Ant Hill will be an experimental community and a cheap, fun place to live.

Why would you want to live in a co-op?

  • Yummy dinner cooked five nights a week, and fun people to eat it with.
  • Stocked fridges and pantries for your snacking pleasure
  • Our economy of scale means cheaper, better quality of life.
  • Awesome housemates.
  • Be part of building something that may last a long time and affect many people.

The co-op is a place to live, but it's also a focal point for projects, both relating to the co-op directly, and members' personal projects. No matter what your interests, you're sure to find some projects here that interest you:

  • Painting murals on our walls
  • Learning skills from your housemates
  • Growing our own food in a garden
  • Hosting community potlucks and other events
  • Incorporating as a not-for-profit corporation
  • Developing a business plan for our operation long into the future
  • Improving the houses in which we live
  • Building a workspace for woodworking and other crafts, a darkroom, etc
  • Improving our kitchen, working on bulk buying, developing a commercial kitchen
  • Making contact with other Rochester organizations

Ant Hill was inspired by the co-op system in Berkeley and by the need for communal, non-university-controlled housing in Rochester (or "ROC" as we like to call it). Along with our friends at the EcoHouse (an environmentally-themed rental co-op up the street!) we are making great progress. We invite students, activists, creative persons, and anyone interested in good food, good people, and communal living to help make this dream a reality.

Costs to live in the co-op are approximately $225 per month in rent, $120 per month for food, $70 per month for gas and electric, and $20 per month for our development fund. Members also are expected to fulfill a number of chores every week, participate in monthly co-op work parties, attend weekly co-op meetings (Sunday 7pm-10pm), and generally take an active interest in the maintenance and development of the co-op. Benefits of living in the co-op are many, including a family-like living environment, dinner five nights a week, and being part of an exciting project that is changing people's lives.

This means that your total housing+food bill while living in the co-op will be approximately $435 per month.

Web site: http://ant-hill.org/
More photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tobin/tags/coop
Blog entries: http://www.livejournal.com/users/nibot/tag/co-op

If interested, please reply to this post, or write to housing-coop@cif.rochester.edu.

Sunday, May 15th, 2005
7:36 pm
[nibot]
Ant Hill Co-op, initial colonization!

Picture taken at the meeting following our work party last sunday. Photo by Jon McKamey.

Saturday, April 30th, 2005
12:14 am
[nibot]
informal visit and house tour

We're meeting for brunch at Java's on Sunday at 11am, followed by a visit to the houses at 1 or 2 pm. If you're interested in possibly living at the co-op, or being involved in some way, this is a great opportunity to get to know everyone and find out what's going on.

Saturday, April 23rd, 2005
4:20 pm
[october31st]
A picture essentially the same as nibot's, really, but with more dimensions. Dimensions are fun.

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Thursday, April 21st, 2005
5:16 pm
[nibot]
co-op vision

Here's a picture I drew of my vision of an (almost) ideal co-op:

draw one of your own too!

Monday, April 18th, 2005
11:16 am
[nibot]
Ant Hill description for NASCO guide
Here is the description I submitted to NASCO for inclusion in their co-ops listing:

Ant Hill Cooperative — Rochester, NY

Ant Hill Cooperative is a new student housing co-op getting underway in Rochester, New York. Starting up in Summer 2005 with one or two rented houses conveniently located across the Genesee River from the University of Rochester and within commuting distance to several other universities, Ant Hill will be not only a communal living environment for its residents, but a focal point of the community. Like many other housing co-ops, we aim to be not just a supportive, affordable, and ecologically responsible place to live, but a place for exchange of ideas, building of community, incubation of creative projects, and development of ways of living that further our goals. Ant Hill will be an experimental community and a cheap, fun place to live.

Ant Hill was inspired by the co-op system in Berkeley and by the need for communal, non-university-controlled housing in Rochester (or "ROC" as we like to call it). Along with our friends at the EcoHouse (an environmentally-themed rental co-op up the street!) we are making great progress. We invite students, activists, creative persons, and anyone interested in good food, good people, and communal living to help make this dream a reality.

Edit here: http://rocwiki.org/index.cgi/Ant_Hill_Cooperative/Description
Thursday, March 31st, 2005
7:44 pm
[nibot]
EASTCO: April 1st-3rd in Philadelphia

EASTCO is an intimate gathering of housing and worker cooperatives and collective organizing groups from the East Coast. The weekend provides an opportunity for co-op networking and training through workshops, skillshares, and through hands-on experiences with local co-ops of all kinds. NASCO helps to organize regional co-op 'bashes' closer to home so that more members from each collective who can't always make it out to Ann Arbor for the Fall's NASCO Institiute can participate in a fun and dynamic educational exchange.

This year, NASCO welcomes co-opers to Philadelphia, the home of the East Coast Regional Office, and a community with a rich history of collective organizing. We'll learn about the Movement for a New Society, and their creation of a neighborhood movement in West Philly that founded land trusts, credit unions, and a food co-op, invigorating cooperative values and practices within an urban community. Presentations will cover issues from urban housing and squatting, to running a small food co-op, creating structures for fighting oppression in your collective, and radical intimacy or 'open relationships' in the world of co-ops. Bring stickers, buttons, t-shirts or zines from your co-op, and come prepared to lead a skillshare!

Registration is $20 per person, $15 for active members of NASCO co-ops, and free for Philadelphians. You can register upon arrival, but please contact NASCO if you are interested in free community housing (ie, crashing on someone's floor or couch). A schedule for the weekend will be handed out once you arrive.

Most events will take place at the (A)-Space, at 4722 Baltimore Ave (between 47th and 48th) in West Philadelphia (about 15 blocks from UPENN).

Meeting Friday night 7pm at 714 south 49st in west philly and sat morning at 10am at the a-space (4722 baltimore ave), also in west phillly. Contact boywonder@nasco.coop for more info.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005
12:29 am
[nibot]
Articles of Incorporation

Current draft... a few fine tunings and I'll submit it to the Secretary of State.

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Friday, February 25th, 2005
5:56 pm
[nibot]
Visit from NASCO

Adrian Vlach (from NASCO) will be visiting us on Monday to talk about all things co-op. There will be a big get together—if you're on the mailing list then you know all about this. Otherwise, if interested, contact me asap. It should be great!

5:48 pm
[nibot]
nickel city
Last sunday, on the way home from a concert-going trip to Toronto, Ryan, Brette, and I stopped at the famed Nickel City co-op in Buffalo. We definitely need to plan a "real" visit, for a whole weekend, but it was nice to finally see their house, if briefly. They fed us some yummy food. Going around the table, those present gave some advice, recommendations to anyone starting a co-op. I don't remember all of them, but some things that stand out are:

1. Try to get disagreements resolved satisfactorily as soon as possible. It might be unpleasant, but it's better than leaving the situation unresolved.

2. Have someone bake bread often.

3. Have some idea of what you're "all about." Nickel city is an "activist co-op"—everyone knows "why they're there."

I think we really need to talk about #3. I think we all have an idea, but it would be nice if we could write it down in five words or less.

They're having a party on March 5.. I can't go, but if anyone is free it would be awesome to roadtrip out for their party.
Monday, February 7th, 2005
8:03 pm
[nibot]
house hunting

Ryan (four) and I have gotten pretty excited about locating the co-op in the Southwedge neighborhood. This is the area bounded, roughly, by the river (or Mt.Hope Ave) on the west, by I-390 on the east, and by Highland park to the south. We'd be within walking distance to cafes, bars, restaurants, and easy biking distance to downtown and UR. We went exploring on foot and by car over the weekend and ended up looking at two apartments available for rent (just because the owners happened to be right there) and one house. The house was beautiful but not really laid out well for a co-op. A major problem is that it seems that almost all houses of an appreciable size are subdivided into apartments. Or it could just be that those houses are more likely to have vacancies advertised, and that it may be early in the season for leasing a "whole house". The Southwedge Planning Commission (SWPC) is an active community development group in the southwedge.

I'm thinking about printing up some "Wanted: HOUSE" posters to staple up on telephone poles around the Southwedge, and also possibly inquiring with the SWPC. If anyone's interested in joining the house hunt, drop me a line and we'll be sure to call you up next time we go out.

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9:05 am
[narrow_bridge]
We have a bed at the FOODLINK community garden!
That's the whole update. I'm going to check out the bed as soon as the snow melts and start getting it ready. A member of the eco-house has offered to help make some seedling flats. We are also talking about making shelters to extend the growing season into the winter.
Friday, February 4th, 2005
1:20 pm
[narrow_bridge]
Community Garden Update
Hi All.

I've gotten in touch with someone from the city and someone from FOODLINK about a community garden.

The person from the city told me about the community flower gardens, which I am going to be getting more information on in the mail. The biggest event for community flower gardens is a planting day on May 14th. She also mentioned the vacant lot permit possibility that Tobin found last year, but pointed out the main problem with that, which is water.

The person from FOODLINK said, "We are always seeking community members who can help us maintain and enhance this project. The garden began with AmeriCorps volunteers 4 years ago. However, the AmeriCorps funding was reduced and we no longer have a person actively tending to the garden. If you are interested in volunteering with us to assist with this project, we would be grateful." That description makes me think the FOODLINK community garden is not really what we're looking for. I have gotten back into him or her (everyone I talk to about community gardens has a gender ambiguous name, not that I am one to talk) to make sure.

I'll post more when I know more.
Brette
Friday, January 28th, 2005
7:54 pm
[nibot]
EcoHouse Potluck!
The EcoHouse -- a sort of de facto Co-op near the UR campus -- is having a Potluck tomorrow evening (Saturday the 29th, at 5pm) at 1201 Genesee St. The people there are awesome and they have a great co-op house running. I encourage everyone interested in a rochester co-op to go. (I'll be there!)

P.S. This cartoon reminds me of the co-op dream. (-:
Thursday, January 6th, 2005
11:11 pm
[nibot]
minutes from 2004-12-05
We had a meeting on Sunday, Dec 5 at the Barnes and Nobles in Pittsford. Present were Tobin (nibot), Brette (narrow_bridge), Ryan (four), and Chris (chris_acheson).

Topic: Publicity

* Ryan volunteered to make some "business cards" that he will sprinkle about town in a sort of guerilla/teaser publicity campaign. The idea is that they will just say something like "CO-OP" and have our URL.

* Tobin volunteered to try to get the project mentioned in the Rutabaga Wrap, the newsletter of Abundance co-op.

Topic: Find a building

* Tobin volunteered to investigate the "neat historic building"

Topic: Incorporation

The goal to incorporate (form a corporation) in January was reaffirmed.

Topic: What are we going to name this thing?

The only suggestions so far are "Robot Co-op" and something more generic like "Rochester Co-op."

Brette said, "I like Robots."

[note: http://robotcoop.com/ seems to have prior claim to that name]

Motion: "To never meet here [Barnes and Nobles] again." Passes 3-1, with Ryan in the minority

("What's wrong with you?" Brette asks.)

Tobin is charged with getting sample articles of incorporation.

Somebody says, "Did anyone hear about that vampires versus wherewolves movie?"

Adjorned until "Sometime in January."
Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004
12:34 pm
[nibot]
propaganda

I made some flyers and put them up at Abundance co-op, Spot coffee, Spin coffee, and the Little:

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
9:29 pm
[nibot]
co-op meeting

At our last meeting, we decided to meet again in two weeks: this coming Sunday. Let's figure out a time and a place to meet; post suggestions. Spot coffee is a decent place (spacious), but communication becomes impossible once the live music starts. Any suggestions for another place? Any time constraints?

You can read the minutes from last time if you weren't there, or you want to refresh your memory. (-:

What do we want to name this organization?

Sunday, November 28th, 2004
8:53 pm
[nibot]
water heaters
But running out of hot water is a rare occurrence in homes in Western Europe and Japan, where tankless water heaters are the norm. These systems not only provide an endless supply of hot water, but they are also more energy-efficient than the cylindrical tank-style water heaters common in the United States.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/28/business/yourmoney/28water.html
Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004
3:29 pm
[nibot]
real estate

The Democrat & Chronicle has a great real estate section where you can see the selling prices of houses in Rochester and also browse a huge database of property for sale. Let's look at some of these this weekend!

Monday, November 22nd, 2004
5:39 pm
[nibot]
local co-ops: the steam co-op
from http://www.rdhc.org/ :

Rochester District Heating is the only steam cooperative in New York State, and is one of only three steam cooperative in the United States.

In 1984 a pioneering coalition of visionaries set out to accomplish a public miracle, to rescue a portion of Rochester’s century-old district steam heating system.

A unique partnership of dedicated professionals from private industry, non-profit organizations, and governs were convinced that steam heat would deliver dramatic advantages in lower up-front investment, reduced energy costs, greater efficiency and reliability.

A non-profit cooperative was formed in 1985 giving members direct, hands-on control of their energy future. The result of these pioneering efforts is today’s Rochester District Heating Cooperative (RDH). RDH members, located in downtown Rochester, New York, are supported by a team of licensed operating engineers at RDH’s state-of-the art steam production plant.

Hospitals, commercial and industrial buildings, enjoy the low cost membership benefits of a non-regulated, non-profit, tax-exempt energy cooperative.
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