Winter was supposed to be a time of planning and looking inward, but weather kept calling us outdoors and we spent a lot of it in spring chores–expanding the garden, getting the fence started, finishing the chicken tractor, and weatherizing and putting up walls in another tiny cabin.
Then the seeds arrived, and the hens, and the chicks! It’s a chirp-fest over here, and seedlings are reaching for the light already.
I (Karina) have grabbed this rainy day to research some more about financing cooperative shares–for people who can’t afford to buy a share outright but want to become a full member. One option is for the coop to borrow and lend to its members, who would pay the co-op back over time, such as through a home equity line of credit through the Cooperative Fund of New England, and another is to find lenders willing to loan directly to members, such as National Cooperative Bank. While on their website, we found this cool guide to buying a housing cooperative unit or share.