We often get emails asking us what we get up to when we are not being naked or cooking. We also get a fair few emails asking us if we are single… (!) Well, vegan fans, its your lucky day – we will be answering one of these questions!
Most recently, we have been focusing a lot of our efforts on setting up The Burrow, a housing co-operative in Manchester. Our vision is to purchase a property and turn into a (naturist-friendly) communal house for us and others to live in whilst providing an accessible meeting space and base for local activist groups and community projects. We will also be running a bulk buying food co-op out of the house to provide the local community with cheap, good quality vegan food.
A housing co-op is a legal entity that allows people to live communally without the hassle of landlords or the financial commitment of buying a house off your own back. The Burrow is a member of Radical Routes, a mutual aid network for co-operatives which gives advice and financial support to co-operatives. Here’s a good article written about our friends at The Drive Housing Co-op, if you want to learn a bit more about other people who have successfully set up housing co-ops (they are housed now) and how they work.
If our housing co-op project is going to succeed than we need private investors. We are offering investment opportunities from any value from £200 to £25,000, over a negotiable period from 5 to 25 years. Interest on the loans will be paid annually with the entire sum returned at the end of the term. Investors can choose a rate of interest between 0 and 4%. Housing co-operatives are relatively safe investments, with no Radical Routes co-op ever having defaulted on loanstock in the organisations 20 year history. To learn more about investment, please download our loanstock pledge pack .
Sorry for blatantly advertising on the blog. To make it up to you, we were going to post a recipe for “gingerbread housing co-op’s” (pictured) which didnt turn out that well, but did give us a newfound respect for the adhesive power of sugar syrup. If you are interested in finding out more about co-ops, drop us a line to theburrowcoop[at]gmail.com