Food is at the center of our cooperative life. We buy food together, we cook together, and we eat together.
Each house allocates money to various parts of a monthly food budget.
Houses collectively buy bulk goods. Items include dried beans, lentils, chickpeas, rice, nondairy milk, dried fruit, coffee, teas, nuts, etc.
Additionally, we purchase CSA's (Consumer Supported Agriculture) from local farms through places such as the Farmer's Market or directly from our area farms.
PRODUCE & FRESH GOODS
Houses buy produce and other fresh goods through Piazza. Foods in this category include fresh veggies, fruits, spices and even bread.
This part of the food budget goes toward foods that are perishable or for whatever reason are not feasible to get through bulk, CSAs or Piazza. Foods in this category may include milk, butter, herbs, berries and cereals.
Because BCL kitchens contain a wide variety of ingredients, they can be dangerous for those with severe allergies. If you are severely allergic to something food items, your house will not purchase it, limit it to certain areas or meals or both. If you are more mildly allergic to something, your housemates can simply label any leftovers that are free of those ingredients.
Just in case, you should keep an EpiPen easily accessible to you and your housemates. Also, housemates should be made well aware of your allergies, and not just to food-based allergies.
Regarding non-allergen dietary restrictions, like vegan and vegetarian diets, houses prepare meals so that everyone in the house may eat them. For example, if someone makes a dish of scrambled eggs, they typically prepare other accessible food for those members who don't consume other prepared item(s). Each house determines how it spends food money and on what dietary ingredients are bought.
Each week, members put in around 5 hours of labor toward their house and/or BLC as an organization.
2 to 3 hours weekly
Complete a dinner cooking and/or cleaning shift. Typically, you cook from 5 to 7 pm, serve and eat from 7 to 7:30 pm. Cleanup is between 7:30 and 8:30 pm.
1 to 3 hours weekly
Weekly house meetings, perspective member interviews, committees and a monthly General Assembly also account for a part of your chore responsibilities. We try to keep all meetings to around one hour each. Included in this are other BCL organizational functions.
About 2 hours weekly
Your other chores may include your weekly chosen house tasks. Examples include: cleaning a bathroom, taking recycling to the recycling center, maintaining compost, gardening, sweeping & vacuuming, cleaning common spaces or fridges, grocery shopping and bulk, CSA & Piazza ordering.
Each house has several common fridges with at least one personal fridge for individuals to store their own food. All food that is purchased or prepared collectively goes in the house fridges. Any personal items go in a personal fridge (cheese, restaurant leftovers, ice cream, etc.).
Beware the "no name fair game" rule of thumb... if you don't write your name on something, a BCL vulture may eat it up. Also, all fridges are purged of food items regularly. So, it's a good idea to put a date on all house prepared foods and personal items.
BCL members are expected and encouraged to attend BCL organizational meetings per their membership agreement.
Are typically once a week after a house dinner. The exact days and times are set by each house.
Can vary in frequency, times, and days.
Held on the second Sunday of every month at 7:30 pm.