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How to Form a Neighborhood Co-Op

Get neighborly with your community and form a neighborhood co-op to help each other meet your common needs.


  • Step 1: Start babysitting co-op Start a babysitting co-op. Take turns watching each others children without pay and let one another enjoy a night out with their significant others.
  • Step 2: Start a produce co-op Start a produce co-op. Have different neighbors grow different fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and share the harvest with each other.
  • Step 3: Start a dinner co-op Start a dinner co-op. Take turns cooking dinner with your neighbors. You will each get a day off from cooking and get a chance to taste a variety of home cooked meals.
  • TIP: Make extra for everyone and store leftovers in the freezer.
  • Step 4: Start a household equipment co-op Start a household equipment co-op. Share everything from lawnmowers to snowmobiles with your neighbors. One neighbor can supply the equipment, another can supply the gas, and a third can supply the labor.
  • Step 5: Enjoy your new community Enjoy your new community and all of the conveniences it affords.
  • FACT: Four out of every 10 Canadians are members of at least one co-operative.

You Will Need

  • Participating neighbors
  • Gardening skills
  • Cooking skills
  • Household equipment
  • Freezer (optional)

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