Welcome!

Hi there! We're a newly formed group of friends who are building an intentional community around vegetarian food. We are looking for more wonderful people to help us fill our new home with joy and delicious food.

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Walking Distance from Home!
Our co-op is in North Berkeley, near the Gourmet Ghetto and UC Berkeley. It’s quick 5-minute walk to Shattuck Avenue. South of Rose Street, in the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto, coffee shops and restaurants are abundant. Some of the favorites are: Chez Panisse, owned by Alice Waters, pioneer of the Slow Food movement;
Cafe Gratitude a raw and cooked vegan restaurant; a gourmet cheese shop and numerous ethnic culinary restaurants.
 
In Our Neighborhood
Fat Apples Bakery and Diner; Festoon Salon; Safeway; CVS.
 
A little further away, but worth the trips are:
Tilden Park; Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, a non-profit folk music venue; Indian Rock Park; Berkeley Marina; Lawrence Hall of Science and so much more.
 
Transportation:
We are a 15-minute walk to North Berkeley BART; a 20-minute walk to Downtown Berkeley BART, and numerous bus stops including: 7, 18, 25, and 67 are down the street.

- The Berkeley Co-op
A - The Cheese Board Collective
B - Chez Panisse
C - Philz Coffee
D - Cafe Gratitude
E - Freight and SalvageCoffee Shop
F - Indian Rock Park
G - Tilden Park

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Who We Are
Aaron:
Hello, I'm Aaron, a first year law student interested in environmental law. I like to get outdoors, hiking, gardening, or just having a beer in the sun. I try to stay active in the community, supporting people and organizations working for a more sustainable, compassionate, and equitable world. Among many other things, I love to travel, eat, read, laugh, and talk.
Brandon:
Brandon is a certified hypnotherapist who specializes in self-discovery and the overcoming of fears and phobias. He is light-hearted, loves movies, and is rejuvenated by spending time in nature. Brandon also owns a business that repairs electronic devices such as iPhones, iPods, iPads, and Android devices. He is passionate about technology and enjoys developing websites.
Marie:
Hello there, I'm Marie. I recently moved to the Bay Area. I currently represent people on California's death row in their habeas petitions. I thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last year, which is how I fell in love with California. I love getting out to the mountains, to the coast, to the hills above Berkeley. I spend a lot of time at the pottery studio and practicing yoga. This is my first co-op living experience and I love our little community - the gorgeous meals we prepare for each other, the kids that keep us laughing, and the way we grow as persons through the challenge of building a new community.
Sam:
Sam (almost 34 years)(Sarah s husband) is an experienced bike mechanic now working as a salesman at Huckleberry Bikes in San Francisco. Sam loves working with his hands and does metal- and wood-work in his spare time, as well as studying metal art at The Crucible. Sam is skilled in helping people communicate effectively, addressing issues in a way that brings people together.
Samantha:
Samantha is a social/cultural anthropologist who values non-violent and open communication. She currently works part-time as an executive assistant to a well-known spiritual leader in the Bay, and she and Brandon co-parent Aurora (17 months) full-time. Her own spiritual practice includes yoga, meditation, ritual and prayer. She enjoys homesteading, fermentation, and healthy gluten- and dairy-free cooking.
Sarah:
Sarah (35 years) is an attorney and a mom. Sarah and Sam (married) and their son Henry (~ 3 yrs) moved to the East Bay from Chicago in October, 2013. In Chicago, Sarah went on almost every Critical Mass ride since June, 2001, moved lots of things by bike trailer, taught bike mechanics at West Town Bikes, and worked at Rapid Transit Cycleshop (with Sam). Then she realized she'd be a better lawyer than bike mechanic, went to law school, and worked at the IL Attorney General's Office. In 2012, Sarah started her own practice focusing on "resilient economy" businesses: green business, cooperatives, and social enterprise. Sarah's fellowship with the Sustainable Economies Law Center in Oakland is the reason they moved to the East Bay rather than Santa Cruz. Sarah's co-op experience: 2 Dickinson St. at Princeton, a short stay at Stone Soup Ashland house in Chicago, a food-buying club in Chicago that used to be called Soylent Green, and the HUB Housing Cooperative (6-unit member-owned building on the west side). Sarah and Sam's new baby is due mid-November!
Yvonne:
Yvonne is a 40-year-old woman of color. She works for the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights. Yvonne is originally from Oakland, but has lived out of the state and overseas. She's passionate about traveling, loves to cook healthy dishes and is an aspiring writer. Yvonne is looking forward to living with like-minded people in a co household.
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Here's our membership process:

Please fill out the housing application.  We're also meeting potential members, and our next meet-and-greet will be scheduled periodically until the rooms are filled; see the Events page for upcoming dates.  If you're not in the area, you could come by google hangout, assuming the internet connection works.  Once people have both submitted the written application and met us, we're approving members on a first-come-first-served basis.  Then if you're approved, you can choose to join by paying a deposit plus last month's rent, which is a total of $1854.28.  That payment makes you officially a member.

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