Every Homesteader is required to sign the Homestead Contract each semester of residency.
I understand that being chosen to live at the Homestead is an honor and a privilege. This agreement outlines the expectations of the Homestead Advisory Board and my fellow Homesteaders. I understand that if I fail to meet these expectations, I may be asked to leave the Program.
As a Homestead Resident, I will:
- Work to fulfill the Homestead mission.
- Respect the property, intellect, opinions, emotions, needs, and desires of all members of the Homestead Community.
- Conduct myself in a manner which reflects positively on the Homestead Program.
- Comply with Denison University rules and regulations.
- Positively contribute to the community by:
- Attending dinner whenever possible
- Cooking dinner at least once a week
- Attending Homestead meetings
- Participating in and initiating work parties
- Helping to maintain the Homestead
- Engage in the Homestead’s educational mission by:
- Taking the Homestead Seminar at least one semester per year
- Participating in outreach opportunities
- Working on building and gardening projects
Everyone contributing to the daily life of the Homestead is part of what makes the Homestead a close-knit community. Each semester, Homesteaders make a list of the daily chores that need to be done and each Homesteader assumes responsibility for one or more tasks.
Here are some of the responsibilities we share:
- Chopping wood
- Feeding & looking after animals
- Tending the central boiler during the cold months
- Cooking meals (Homesteaders pair up & each pair takes a night)
- Grocery shopping
- Tending the gardens
- Trash & recycling
- Electric & battery maintenance
- Attending Homestead Advisory Board meetings
Larger tasks or projects that need to get done are often approached during our weekly Saturday work parties. Anyone who wants to come help out is warmly welcomed. For more on work parties, and to see some work party projects, CLICK HERE.
Homesteaders hold a weekly meeting–usually on a weeknight after dinner. Living at the Homestead means being responsible for ourselves and our home, so we meet in order to discuss and decide on the day-to-day parts of living at the Homie. We might discuss what to do at work party, how to organize cooking times, how to deal with animals, joining organizations or participating in campus activities (such as our Ballzagna dodgeball team). In short, we work together to plan and get things done by voicing our opinions and respecting the contributions of each member of the community.
Mealtimes are some of the most important community-building times at the Homestead. Homesteaders traditionally pair up on assigned weeknights to prepare dinner for the community and guests. Every meal is prepared based on the current Homesteaders’ dietary needs (although no meat is used at the Homestead).
The cooks ring a cowbell to signal when the meal is ready. Before food is served, everyone who has come to dinner circles-up, holding hands. This time gives us the chance to reflect on the meal, the people who prepared it, and the people who have come to enjoy it!
To learn more about how we shop for, purchase, and prepare our meals, click here.
Although the Homestead is its own community, it is also part of many other communities: the Denison community, the Granville community, and the world beyond. Here are some of the ways we connect with these communities:
- Open Houses:
Once a semester the Homestead invites the entire campus to visit, share a meal, and take a tour.
People from the local community who are interested in alternative building techniques have been invited to come spend a day or so helping the Homesteaders build new structures and learn about these building systems.
- Web Site:We hope that the Homestead Web site will become a useful tool for people researching ecologically-friendly lifestyles.