About B & R
The Bread and Roses Collective House provides a model of cooperative living, ecological sustainability, and affordable housing situations in the heart of the city.
We live in two beautiful houses in the Westcott neighborhood in Syracuse, NY.
We grow most of our own vegetables June-October, and preserve many types of foods for the winter such as jams, ketchup, salsas, pickles, and tomatoes.
We have a strong commitment to social justice and community participation, with a number of our members involved with local community benefit organizations and initiatives such as Food Not Bombs, The Syracuse Peace Council, The Alchemical Nursery, ArtRage Gallery, the Dream Freedom Revival and more. We have organized and led workshops on consensus process and democratic decision making, food preservation, composting, bike fixing, making salves and lotion, natural dyes, and more; and we’ve hosted a number of traveling activists, musicians, and culturally creative persons passing through, or stopping at, Syracuse! With our second house’s location on a busy neighborhood street, we hope to increase our educational and community outreach programs.
Live with Us!
At Bread and Roses, we’re more than just housemates renting rooms—we are the collective! That means we share not only food and resources, but also responsibilities and decision making. All housemates contribute financially to pay our bills and share the cost of food, as well as contribute toward collective work and tasks including cooking, cleaning, gardening, construction, and decision-making.
We have a 3 step process that involves a written application, an informal visit and tour, and a more formal meeting with all current members.