On our second ride of the 2015/2016 season, we learned a bit about some of Portland’s co-ops.
The ride started at Bike Farm, and it was my first visit to their present location – a cavernous space brimming with cool stuff and good vibes. Various people busy with their projects: learning how to true wheels, swapping out a stem, and building up a bike from a frame and parts. The volunteer I spoke with was knowledgeable and friendly. Great place.
Another beautiful day
We rode along the waterfront to the south side. Leaves and lush colors. The mighty Willamette to the right. Light rain fell steadily all day, temps in the 50s – pretty great biking weather.
At Peep’s we sat outside with snacks and hot chocolate and tea. Something special about this place – an enchanted grocery store. We had a good chat with a stranger neighbor.
Huge garden, beehives aren’t for harvesting honey, just there to provide a home for pollinators. Lots of bikes. Not an ownership-type co-op, but definitely a lot of cooperation happening among the 55 renters. Some ahead-of-the-curve composting experiments involving food and human waste, water catchment – these eco-folk will be in good shape if the big one hits.