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BIOs of CURRENT MEMBERS
Mike Slama
Anne-Marie
Pat
Bob and Toni

mike

I moved to Puyallup 1982 and grew to love the area.  In 1988, I bought a 17 acre farm on the outskirts of Puyallup. The farm was beautiful with a wonderful view of Mt. Rainier and 800 feet of riverfront on the Puyallup River. It was everything this California-born hippy could want.

But my career took me away from the area before I could even move in. So I’ve rented out the farmhouse and had the raspberries farmed by a sharecropper for over 30 years.

I’m now retired from an engineering career in the semiconductor industry.  I’m a crazy gardener who likes to experiment with things like hydroponics and aquaponics.  Dance has been my passion for over 40 years now and I’m hoping that Covid will wane enough to allow it to resume.  And I’m curious to see what will happen when I relocate my decades-old sourdough starter to the Northwest.

I’ve been a “lurker’ in the cohousing scene for many years. I’ve toured over 20 communities in California, Colorado and Washington, have attended several of the regional and national cohousing conferences, and even participated in a couple of very early groups that failed to gel in Austin, Texas and San Jose, California.  I’m hoping that we can create a cohousing community that can serve as good stewards to the land.

anne-marie

Hi, I’m Anne-Marie and when I was three years old, I would help my parents deliver the community newsletter around our neighborhood in Tacoma. They would drive and I would put the newsletter into the newspaper box. They and others worked to make our neighborhood better. They both believed in a life of service to others, which has been a tremendous influence in my life. I work for a co-op, I am a Unitarian Universalist, I was a youth advisor for many years working with youth in leadership, I’ve hosted exchange students, and I’m the president of my neighborhood’s Home Owner’s Association.

While I’ve built some community where I live, I’m looking to live in a more intentional community, and I got to see Mike’s property just before COVID-19 shut everything down. I’m excited about the land and excited about the process to get there; building community is always worthwhile, particularly in our world today.

I am an avid baker and cook; I’ve definitely upped my baking skills in the last several months. I also make ice cream, am a periodic pickler, and experiment with syrups and mixes. I’ve never been a farmer but have a sister who is and am well aware of the work, the risks, and the rewards of growing things. I’m looking forward to the day we have food to share with the community that is the work of our human hands, and sitting down to break bread together.

Anne-Marie

Pat

Pat is the owner of Adcor LLC, which facilitates the transition of the built environment to a higher level of sustainability through the development, construction, operation, and maintenance. Pat has conducted real estate transactions valued in total at more than one-half billion dollars including property acquisition, development, syndication, and sales. His developments include a ten story office building and more than 25 market rate and affordable housing projects ranging in size from 10 to 825 units.  Pat also serves on the leadership team of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild.

bob & toni

We have been living in Tacoma with our two dogs since 2019. We are interested in the transformative possibilities of intentional communities, but until now haven’t had the opportunity to participate in one. We are looking forward to a great place to live and doing what we can to add positive energy to our little corner of the world. We have many hobbies including cooking, crafting, watching baseball and launching high-power model rockets.

Our Goal

Create a core group to develop cohousing on the farm.

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Are any of these these ideas attractive?

  • Stewardship – Caring for the environment and living lightly on the planet

  • Service – Serving each other and actively participating in support of the needs of the surrounding community

  • Seniors – Aging in a community that supports health, productivity, and a better social life

  • Families – A community that supports parents and children 

  • Connection – Knowing and caring for your neighbors which enhances the important aspects of life -joy, health, growth, security, and compassion.

  • Friendship – Building connections through casual interactions and structured activities among members

  • Collaboration – Active listening, sharing of ideas, giving what we can, and receiving what is offered

  • Sharing – Develop a culture of sharing and living cheaper 

  • Design – Designing of community BY residents FOR residents to promote interaction and relationships

  • Structures – Private dwellings, clustered houses, pedestrian-friendly design, common facilities

  • Permaculture –  incorporate whole-systems thinking to the land

 

IF YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED, WHAT SORTS OF THINGS MIGHT YOU EXPECT?

  • An information gathering phase

  • Formation of a core group, and growth of the community

  • Education, training and skills development in areas like consensus and conflict resolution

  • Planning activities on how to get cohousing built

  • Involvement with the local City/County planners and councils

  • Selection of professionals: Architects, Builders, etc.

  • Working out the policies and procedures that will govern the community

  • Watching the construction

  • Moving in!

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