Commune Starter Kit

At our annual assembly, the Federation was inundated with new, freshly-forming communities.  It was amazing!  It was overwhelming!  And it was viewed by many as a valuable opportunity to reinvigorate a stalled project...

2016 Assembly of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities

The annual assembly for the FEC takes place during March, in an attempt to happen at the beginning of the year when it's least inconvenient to everyone.  We have gardeners whose season hasn't yet kicked into high gear, a goat herd who's fielding baby goats (conveniently within range of the assembly), outdoor workers whose season hasn't totally started yet, and people to whom the changing of seasons has absolutely no effect.

The Leaves of Twin Oaks #116


The Leaves of Twin Oaks, Winter 2013/2014 Issue #116

The Wheel has been turning at Twin Oaks, as we've marked both birth and death in the community.

Fun Facts About Twin Oaks Energy Consumption

I am working on my NASCO Institute presentation for this year, and came up with these figures. Enjoy!

Leaves of Twin Oaks #114

Leaves of Twin Oaks #114



The Leaves of Twin Oaks, Winter 2012/2013 Issue #114









Table of Contents:
News of the Oaks by Valerie
Beginnings and Endings: Arriving at Twin Oaks by Ali
Beginnings and Endings: Leaving Twin Oaks by Janel
Dining in Community by Valerie
Cows in Community by Keegan





News of the Oaks Issue #114

by Valerie


With autumn comes harvest season, and there is a lot of Farm and Food news to report. Our intrepid Garden Crew harvested over 4,200 pounds of potatoes this fall, a higher-than-average yield. In October, we had 7 cows pregnant at once - a rare occurrence - and so we can expect a bounty of milk in the coming months. In addition to drinking the milk, we use it make a variety of dairy products including Romano, Stilton, cream cheese, yogurt, butter and for special occasions, ice cream! (more about our Dairy Program in this newsletter) There are several fruit orchards throughout the community and this year we were lucky enough to be eating hardy kiwis (the most northerly-growing variety) into November. We also picked a single pomegranate off of the tree outside Morningstar, and look forward to more as the tree matures in coming years.
hardy kiwi


Hardy kiwis grown at Twin Oaks. They are the most northerly-growing variety of kiwi


The community is still, 15 months later, experiencing the effects of last summer's earthquake. When the water flow of our well began losing volume, apparently from underground shifts due to the quake, we researched the problem and found a surprising solution. Many people are familiar with the practice of fracking, notably in the news these days related to natural gas extraction. But it's also used to restore and improve water flow in potable (drinkable) water wells, using less pressure and no chemicals. Now, three months post-fracking, the well is performing normally and we're able to meet all of our own domestic and industrial water needs once again.

The Leaves of Twin Oaks #112

Leaves of Twin Oaks #112

Apeckalypse

By Janel Twin Oaks

Twin Oaks Earthquake, announcements on quake day


Twin Oaks Earthquake, announcements on quake day


Valerie and Alexis stand up to make various important announcements related to the quake to communards sitting outside ZK at dinner.
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Twin Oaks Community Earthquake, dinner line after quake


Twin Oaks Community Earthquake, dinner line after quake


We ate dinner the first night outside, cooked by Lish. We were uncertain if it was safe to re-enter our buildings yet. There are some quick interviews with people in line for dinner: person on the path, experience of the quake.
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Twin Oaks Community Earthquake, damage to MT


Twin Oaks Community Earthquake, damage to MT


Our auto/metal/farm/etc shop building, Modern Times (MT), was badly damaged by the quake.
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