Off Grid = Hippie Commune?

Exactly what is happening in rural Virginia?

Have you heard of the hippie commune that is living off grid in Virginia.  This is just the extreme type of off grid living that will make the news, but this is not my picture of going off-grid.

This hippie communal living is a place where the income is minimal to poverty level and they all work together and everything is shared.  Yes, you heard that right… Everything.  They are not there to get rich. But what they have is shared.

They work together, they sleep together, they care for each others children.  In order to stay in the off grid commune they must complete 42 hours of labor per week for which they get paid an “allowance” of just over $100.  They even have a rule that because another child impacts everyone in the commune, they cannot have a baby without permission from the others.

The commune was established almost 50 years ago and there is a waiting line to get in.  Here is some more details.

  • The commune is called Twin Oaks – it is home to 92 adults and 13 children who live lifestyle of ‘clever poverty’
  • Members grow vegetables and drive shared cars
  • They live in buildings with as many as 22 other people,
  • They care for each other’s children and practice polygamy

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Above, toddler Luuk Spenser is held by his mother, Elsa Spenser, left, and Kele Tassari, as they celebrate the 40th anniversary of the commune’s founding in 2007

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