Cooking & Eating
We strive to fill our diet with whole foods and fresh produce. Homesteaders traditionally pair up on assigned weeknights to prepare dinner for the community and guests. Our meals are prepared based on the dietary needs of the current residents, but no meat is kept at the Homestead (for various ethical, environmental, and sanitary reasons).
Our food comes from a combination of several sources:
- Local organic farmers
- A monthly co-op
- Our gardens, greenhouse, and chickens (eggs)
- The local grocery store
Food is cooked in an old-fashioned wood-burning stove (which doubles as a fantastic additional heat source in the winter).
Currently, Homestead community members are dispersed in two cabins: Cabin Phoenix and Cabin Atlas. Cabin Phoenix has the capacity for 3 Homesteaders at this time, while Cabin Atlas has enough room for 9, dispersed among three bedrooms.
In the Homestead’s beginning, 3 cabins were built and roommates were evenly spread, allowing them slightly more living space, with the Cabin 3 basement being used as the kitchen! Since Cabin Atlas houses so many Homies, we no longer use Cabin 1 as a residential space.
In Cabin Atlas we have a washer and dryer, both marketed as the highest efficiency in terms of their water and electricity usage. This is a substantial difference to past years when laundry had to be brought to the athletic center on campus to be done. There are also two shower stalls in Atlas, another large addition. This water is heated by our outdoor central boiler system which uses heat from burning wood to heat a reservoir of water. This water is then used to both heat the cabins as well as provide Atlas with hot water for washing and bathing.
This hot water is only readily available in Atlas, so to do dishes in Cabin Bob we still heat water in a big pot over our wood burning cookstove.
As a living and learning community, the Homestead is notorious for its members’ adamant dedication to learning inside and outside of the classroom. Utilizing student-built study tables in the Homestead library in the loft of Cabin Bob, Homesteaders can spend hours learning about many different topics, from social issues to alternative building. The aforementioned space is excellent for getting work done–where the only distraction is a cat sitting in your lap!