Listening Tree Cooperative voted 2 to 1 on Monday night to disband. Those of us left at the end could not get along, lost track of or did not know how to resolve conflict, and no longer wanted to live together.
Maybe just another COVID casualty. Maybe another caterpillar melting in a chrysalis.
Addendum: when I wrote the above, I was being very generous. What is more true is: Listening Tree died due to a crisis over sexual ethics. The co-founders who remained at the end decided it better to shut down the co-op than to pretend that people in positions of relative power have a right to sex with those with less, such as students, WWOOFers, potential renters, renters, and younger people. Of course that’s a simplification, but it was a defining issue, one that intentional communities have to grapple with if they expect to create a healthier and less oppressive culture.
The farm is for sale.