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Edition 1.4 September 2020


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Sweetfern launches website

Cohabitat Sweetfern Cohousing launched our website on August 22. Go to on the link below. View past editions of The Leaf, details on our Mission, Vision and Values, our Path to Membership and much more. Check it out!

How Sweetfern started

Cohousing was an idea that I had in the back of my mind for a couple of years.  I’d read about it online and thought that it would be a great way to live: lighter on the planet and in a caring environment. 

In the winter of 2016, I read an ad in the Coalition for a Liveable Sudbury email newsletter asking if anyone was interested in a cohousing project. I met with three other people at a local coffee shop. We sent a public announcement to our local media and began to plan our first information session for May of 2017.  

Approximately 45 people were there, all with varying degrees of knowledge about what cohousing was. We managed to gather a group of people and we worked diligently, following the book ‘Creating Cohousing: Building Sustainable Communities’ by Charles Durrett and Katie McCamant. 

As with all cohousing projects, people left - some for financial constraints, others for personal reasons - and others joined. The one recommendation I received from many cohousing groups is that a cohousing project consultant makes all the difference in a successful cohousing project. 

In the fall of 2019, we hired Cohousing Options Canada, a recently developed organization based in Toronto, to help us launch our project with more structure, a vision, mission and values, a membership process and much more.  We have a committed group of 5 Start-up Member households, 3 Explorer households and some Friends.  We have just launched our website and will be incorporating soon. 

Being part of the founding members allows us to choose everything about our project - where we will live, what our homes will look like, and how we will live together.  Along the way, we are getting to know each other and how to live together.  And, really, isn’t that what we all need to learn? Monique Fuchs

Meet our members

Tom and Rebekah and kids

We are the young parents of two wonderful kids. Rebekah currently works at an office in Sudbury and Thomas is studying Early Childhood Education at Cambrian College. We both had the good fortune of growing up in community-minded households and  joined Sweetfern hoping to create the same opportunity for our kids. When not working and studying here in Sudbury, we like to spend our time at camp, preferably in a shady spot by the water.

Join us to learn more at our monthly Coffee and Cohousing online Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m.

Would you like to live in a community that is inclusive, fun, tight-knit and lighter on the planet? Cohousing offers individual homes with shared spaces. If you would like to learn more, join us for a virtual Coffee and Cohousing information session
Saturday, September 19, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
Email for the link to this online event and documents related to cohousing. 
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