Mike Slama and mushrooms
Mike Slama

I moved to Puyallup 1982 and grew to love the area.  In 1988, I bought a 17 acre farm on the outskirts of Puyallup. The farm was beautiful with a wonderful view of Mt. Rainier and 800 feet of riverfront on the Puyallup River. It was everything this California-born hippy could want.

But my career took me away from the area before I could even move in. So I've rented out the farmhouse and had the raspberries farmed by a sharecropper.

I now live in Richmond, California and am starting to get unsolicitied purchase offers for the Puyallup property. I love this land and want it to be used for something other than conventional single family development. I think a cohousing community would be a perfect fit.

I've been a "lurker' in the cohousing scene for many years. I've toured over 20 communities in California, Colorado and Washington, have attended several of the regional and national cohousing conferences, and even participated in a couple of very early groups that failed to gel in Austin, Texas and San Jose, Califonia.

Ann Marie
Anne-Marie

Hi, I’m Anne-Marie and when I was three years old, I would help my parents deliver the community newsletter around our neighborhood in Tacoma. They would drive and I would put the newsletter into the newspaper box. They and others worked to make our neighborhood better. They both believed in a life of service to others, which has been a tremendous influence in my life. I work for a co-op, I am a Unitarian Universalist, I was a youth advisor for many years working with youth in leadership, I’ve hosted exchange students, and I’m the president of my neighborhood’s Home Owner’s Association.

While I've built some community where I live, I’m looking to live in a more intentional community, and I got to see Mike’s property just before COVID-19 shut everything down. I’m excited about the land and excited about the process to get there; building community is always worthwhile, particularly in our world today.

I am an avid baker and cook; I’ve definitely upped my baking skills in the last several months. I also make ice cream, am a periodic pickler, and experiment with syrups and mixes. I’ve never been a farmer but have a sister who is and am well aware of the work, the risks, and the rewards of growing things. I’m looking forward to the day we have food to share with the community that is the work of our human hands, and sitting down to break bread together.

Natalie and Scott
Natalie and Scott

Natalie and Scott live in Kirkland, WA with their 8-year-old puppy, Fred. Natalie recently earned her Master of Public Health and is part of a program that supports perinatal mental health. She is an enthusiastic knitter and Discworld fan. Scott is a video producer in video game marketing; he enjoys brewing mead and fruit wines. They both enjoy outdoor activities like nordic skiing, backpacking, and gardening. 

 

toni_bob
Bob and Toni

We have been living in Tacoma with our two dogs since 2019.  We are interested in the transformative possibilities of intentional communities, but until now haven't had the opportunity to participate in one.  We are looking forward to a great place to live and doing what we can to add positive energy to our little corner of the world.  We have many hobbies including cooking, crafting, watching baseball and launching high-power model rockets.


 

rosie
Rosie

I grew up in San Diego, CA and come from a large family (I'm the youngest of nine siblings). When I was married, I lived on the East coast, in the Midwest and drove across the country twice. When I decided to move again, I chose Washington State for a new adventure and to be near family that already live in the area.

In the last 4 years the PNW has grown on me and seeing Mt. Rainier on a sunny day brings me joy (even if it is a volcano).

One of the reasons I joined this group is to be part of something from the ground up and to see it grow. I like the idea of intentionally choosing who will be your neighbors and to help develop a community that everyone will be involved in on a daily basis.

 

sherry
Sherry

Raised in Detroit, I lived in the southern corners of the US before landing in the Pacific NW (“home at last”!).  I attended undergraduate school at the University of Puget Sound and worked as an occupational therapist with severely disturbed teens and children, eventually finding my way to a hospice position as development director.  Eventually, I was called to attend seminary, pastor a church and become a mom.  I am a board certified chaplain with over 25 years of experience in hospice and palliative care.  I’m also  a certified spiritual director and completed a two-year ethics program through my workplace.   It has been a challenge and a joy to pastor churches in Missouri, Kansas and the Pacific NW.  Today I serve as spiritual advisor to a church in Kitsap Co. and periodically enjoy opportunities to speak at churches in our region.  I am the mom of human, Rosie and guardian of canine, Mimi.  My interests include sporadic piano lessons, caring for one of my best friends of almost 40 years, exploring a new co-housing community, healthy food for elders, traveling the world and being outdoors anywhere, hiking, cycling or kayaking. I aspire to write poetry and have a voracious appetite for reading it!  





OUR GOAL

Create a core group of cohousing enthusiasts in the Puyallup area to develop cohousing on the farm.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

People have been drawn to Cohousing for a variety of reasons; perhaps some of these might resonate with you…

  • The balance of Privacy/Community is too heavily skewed toward “privacy” in the way you live now, with family or close friends far away.
  • Maybe it would be nice to have a neighborhood designed in such a way that you could watch out for and take care of your friends and neighbors.
  • As an elder, maybe you are concerned about being a burden for your distant family
  • As a young parent, perhaps you could use a little more support from a community in raising your children.
  • Or you just might want to share more things and live a little more lightly on the planet
  • Maybe you are just tired of the maintenance that comes with a large single family house
  • Sharing can be considerably less expensive, so there are lots of financial considerations
  • Perhaps you yearn for the safety and security of a tight-knit neighborhood where there is no need to lock your doors.
  • An active social life might just lead to better health and even longer, more productive lives

IF YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED, WHAT SORTS OF THINGS MIGHT YOU EXPECT?
  • An information gathering phase
  • Formation of a core group, and growth of the community
  • Education, training and skills development in areas like consensus and conflict resolution
  • Planning activities on how to get cohousing built
  • Involvement with the local City/County planners and councils
  • Selection of professionals: Architects, Builders, etc.
  • Working out the policies and procedures that will govern the community
  • Watching the construction
  • Moving in!


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