Cornucopia Corner Co-op

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Location
233/239 J Street
Owned cooperatively by
Solar Community Housing Association, of which residents are members
Groundbreaking
2011-07
Completion
2011-09-30

What's co-opping all about? It's a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too. The co-op is an 8 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 kitchen house, with a giant garden where a lawn would normally be. We share (mostly) vegetarian home-cooked meals 4 nights a week, and each member is also responsible for a weekly chore and occasional work parties around the house and garden. We purchase bulk and staple foods as a group, and try to produce as much of our own food as possible in the garden. The house is fairly quiet, and usually peaceful, though we do frequently have dinner parties.

• We are a mix of students and professionals
• This is not a student co-op, but we are "low income" housing
• We strongly encourage all types of people to apply, even if you have no gardening or co-opping experience!
• Please fill out our application using the following URL if you are interested in living here!: [WWW]http://tinyurl.com/cornercoop

Brief History of Corner Co-op:

On the corner of Third and J Streets, these structures house eight residents in a cooperative community. formally called Cornucopia Corner Cooperative and affectionately called the corner coop. On August 2nd, 2010 SCHA moved two historic homes from 311 and 315 B St to 3rd and J where they have been retrofitted as a green, affordable cooperative. See [WWW]website for details. After the makeover, both houses are (August 2011) certified for occupancy as an 8-bedroom cooperative; an [WWW]"open co-op" was held on the afternoon of October 15, 2011.

Some history: on July 28, 2009 the City Council (acting as the Board of the Redevelopment Agency) accepted our proposal to develop the now-vacant lot on the corner of J and 3rd Str. See [WWW]the City of Davis RFP site for project documents. Habitat for Humanity Yolo County also submitted a proposal. Both organizations do very valuable work and can help advance the city's low-income housing plans. The support of neighbors and the proximity to the existing J Street Co-op may have lead Council members to recognize that this is a precious chance to meet the overwhelming demand for cooperative housing in Davis. If you would like to get involved in this project, do get in contact with us at [WWW]the SCHA web site!

The 'Corner Co-op' received a complaint from the city in the late spring of 2012 over concerns of the 'weeds' in the yard. At the time the corner-ists were at the tail end of their land restoration project to prepare for home gardening. The cover crop was a mix of rye grass, vetch and, clover (to fix nitrogen) with mustard to break up the soil after compaction from construction.

As of August 2012 the Corner Coop had a prolific yard with string beans, tomatoes, basil, eggplant, bell peppers, summer squash(including zucchini) , winter squash, melons and a collection of herbs.

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