Mimosa Community

Mimosa is a collective house and farm half-way between Twin Oaks and Acorn communities in Louisa County, Virginia.

Most of our work centers around seeds and plants. We do seed production for Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, Baker Creek, and Sow True Seeds. We also help Southern Exposure with shipping, sales, and customer service work.

In addition we run a small seed company / seed project called Common Wealth Seed Growers that is focused on research and breeding, as well as retail seed sales of favorite varieties.

We grow and preserve most of our own vegetables, and our own dry corn for tortillas and grits. We grow medicinal and culinary herbs to use and for occasional trade or sale. We make a lot of pickles and fermented foods, and a lot of salsa and hot sauce.

Our house is on three acres, with woods (mostly poplar and aspen), a big yard, herb gardens, vegetable gardens, woodland medicinal plantings, and young fruit trees (pear, persimmon, cherry, figs). We farm in several locations, renting small parcels from Twin Oaks and several other neighbors -- seed growing requires isolated plots to keep varieties from crossing.


Our name comes from the mimosa tree, which is common here but originally comes from China - it is known in China as He Huan, which means tree of collective happiness. The bark and flowers are used medicinally, for elevating mood, and for treating depression, constrained emotions, irritability and trauma. 

Founded
2014
Adults
5

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2016 Assembly of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities by Rejoice, 3 years ago

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.