Well, it’s not quite the end of the year, but as the growing season winds down, it seems like a good time to look back and share what all we’ve accomplished this year.
People and Pets!
We started out the year with three new members — Saba, D’Avon, and Astrid. We also were happy to welcome Wally, a Chihuahua pup that Glenn and Noreen rescued from the neighborhood. We also said farewell to our tenant in R2 and have been busy getting that unit ready for sale.
Pavement & Planting
Our biggest achievement of the year was in April, when we ripped out a bunch of pavement in the courtyard to make way for a new style of gardening. Over a few days this spring, we removed the concrete between our existing planters and the fence. Everyone had a blast trying the different tools, though we definitely learned our lesson, that the jackhammer got us the best bang for our buck. Jayson’s dad even came down from Wisconsin, and we have named our friend Anthony an honorary Hubbie for his commitment to the project.
Places, Protests, and Potential!
All told, our members traveled to Mexico, Argentina, California, Georgia, Ohio, New York, and probably a few other places this year. We also participated in advocating for bike lanes in the neighborhood; talked with our neighbors about how to address the problems of street violence on the boulevard; protested in solidarity with the struggle in Ferguson; watched many hours of the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Agents of Shield; and worked to build community in Chicago through the bicycling, Buddhist, hacker, artist, and activist worlds.
We are in the process of finding the perfect person or people to be the next HUB members, to move into R2. We are hopeful that the next member(s) will bring lots of energy, skills, fun, and a certain amount of nerdiness to join us for the road ahead. Know someone who would be a good fit? Send them our way!
The HUB Housing Coop is excited to announce…
We are hosting an Open House to showcase unit R2, which is now available for sale.
Saturday, 8 November, 1-4pm
2358 S Marshall Blvd., Chicago 60623
Come check it out, meet a few HUB members, and enjoy some snacks and hot beverages.
See our posting on ForSaleByOwner.com: http://tinyurl.com/HubCoop123
One of my favorite things about living at the HUB is that I have learned about compost! I have even become the Compost Czar! And invented a song that is to be sung during the ritual (see post title). I thought I’d share some tips about how we do it here.
I love compost, because it enriches our soil and helps the garden. It’s also tremendously satisfying to make rich dirt out of kitchen scraps. And I’ve even enjoyed the dirty, stinky process of it, and the joy of finding squirmy worms through the work.
First, you build up the compost in the bin, by adding the good stuff! Any organic matter will do – but leave out any meat/animal products, or the rats will find it too tempting, and it will be smelly. You can store your compost in a bin in the freezer or on your counter. Add “browns” and sift with a pitchfork about once every few weeks or monthly, so that the greens/wet stuff mixes with the drier material. We use shredded newspaper for our browns, and also end up adding in a lot of coffee grounds and also occasional ash from fire parties.
We harvest about four times a year — early spring, mid-summer, late summer, and late fall. We are a building with six units/ten humans, so we use two compost bins. While one is “brewing,” we just let it hang, and add to the other one for awhile.
We* made filtering boxes out of wood and something resembling chicken wire. You shovel the compost bits from the bin into the filter box over a wheelbarrow. You can either sit next to the set-up and manually sift the goods into the wheelbarrow. The idea is that the stuff that’s ready goes into the wheelbarrow, while the dirt that’s still too gooey and wet stays in the filter.
*To be fair, I had nothing to do with it! They were made before I joined the coop.
The stuff that doesn’t make it through the filter that’s too clumpy and wet, I toss in a pile on a tarp or large plastic garbage bag. After distributing the good stuff into the garden, I mix that overly “green” compost back in the bin with more browns.
Inevitably, some garbage ends up in the pile. Our most common non-compostables we fish out are produce stickers (remember to pull them off right when you bring them home from the store) and the stray credit cards that made it through the shredder with the newspapers used as browns. Some tea bags don’t compost as well, so you can open them up and just put the innards back in. And there’s the occasional small toy or spoon that finds its way in there…
Once you’ve got your good mix into the wheelbarrow, you then get to shovel it into and spread it around the garden! Yum, your garden instantly looks fresh and rich, and the worms get to work enriching the soil to make yummier veggies and prettier flowers.
As I like to say, enjoy your homemade dirt, you hippies!
Our cooperative’s annual open house is Sunday September 7th. We invite anyone interested in learning more about cooperative living, and/or starting your own housing co-op.
More info and to RSVP, please visit:
Sunny 1-bedroom available in the HUB housing cooperative in Little Village
The HUB Co-op is a member-owned housing cooperative on Marshall Boulevard. We’re an intentional community, and we value cooperation, fun, responsibility and openness.
- Huge windows throughout
- Eat-in kitchen looks out onto green courtyard
- Laundry and wi-fi included
- Recently renovated
- Vegetable and flower garden, common courtyard, storage space
- Convenient to shopping, public transportation and parks
- Dogs and cats welcome!
The unit is approximately 950 square feet, with hard-wood floors, enormous windows, and ten foot ceilings. Appliances such as a gas stove, refrigerator, and microwave are included. New furnace.
Members share a common courtyard for gardening, grilling, and hanging out. The basement has storage space, laundry, and communal workspace. A partial green roof, composting, and a garden are a few of our projects. Hopefully chickens to come in 2015!
The HUB Coop is close to schools, parks, the Pink line, several bus routes & good bike routes. Marshall Boulevard is a beautiful grassy and treelined street with a protected bike lane and a proposed Divvy Station.
Asking $8,000 buy-in (negotiable–make us an offer!). The HUB provides financing. A monthly payment covers your part of the mortgage and the co-op’s carrying charge. For this unit, the mortgage and the carrying charge totals approximately $975 right now. (Membership decides budgeting and financial issues.) This monthly fee pays for most costs of ownership, including property tax, building insurance, repairs, projects, common utilities and adding to the reserve. There are also a couple of additional charges that are per person -– gas for hot water and wifi. So the total depends on the number of residents. Remember, you’re an owner, so you can deduct your share of the mortgage interest and property tax.
The North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO), headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, is seeking a Director of Operations to work as a member of the NASCO Staff Collective, with a start date of June 01, 2014. To apply, please email a cover letter and résumé to email@example.com by May 23, 2014.
NASCO exists to support and connect community-driven cooperatives across North America, and the Director of Operations maintains the member relationships that make this support possible. The Director of Operations supports and coordinates the work of the NASCO Staff in advancing NASCO’s mission and growing the cooperative movement. The Director of Operations is responsible for coordinating member services and communications to NASCO’s members, including staff visits, elections, and dues.
NASCO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit association of cooperatives in Canada and the U.S., which serves student and non-student organizations that embrace community and cooperative education. NASCO was founded in 1968; it has grown to include several affiliated organizations, whose combined mission is to organize and educate affordable, group-equity cooperatives and their members for the purpose of promoting a community-oriented cooperative movement. To this end, NASCO provides its member cooperatives with educational programs, operational and managerial assistance, and supports the development of new cooperatives.
This position will be based in Chicago, IL. For more information, visit NASCO’s website.
Stone Soup Leland House is fully membershipped for fall of 2013.
The Roost is accepting applications for a new housemate in a shared room. Our application deadline is Oct. 7. Click here for more info.
Hi, and welcome! If you’ve just found us, please take a look at this photo tour of Unit R3, and then read our About page to learn more about us and who we are as a cooperative.
We (Sarah and Sam) love this studio. It’s spacious yet comfy. Lots of daylight from the skylights. Great kitchen. We’re relocating, and we’re seeking the next great co-op member–you?
- open layout
- lots of daylight from the skylights. One skylight opens for roof access.
- efficient, easy-to-use kitchen
- sunny breakfast nook plus space for dining table
- huge & luxurious soaking tub
- nice soft (waterproof) cork floor makes you want to dance or do yoga
- You can watch movies projected onto the wall.
- easy to heat, warm in winter
- all snugly nestled under green roof.
Asking $4,000 buy-in (negotiable–make us an offer!). The HUB provides financing! There’s a monthly fee that covers your part of the mortgage and the co-op’s carrying charge. Your part of the mortgage is $533.20. The carrying charge is $425 right now (will likely go up a little bit soon). This pays for most costs of ownership, including property tax, building insurance, repairs, projects, and adding to the reserve. There are also a couple of charges that are per person–hot water and wifi. So the total comes to $991.56 for one person, $1010.81 for two, etc. Remember, you’re an owner, so you can deduct your share of the mortgage interest and property tax.
Please contact Sarah firstname.lastname@example.org or Sam email@example.com for more details.
Leland House is currently looking for a new member. An opening is available as soon as September 15th. Please apply as soon as possible, if interested.