Founded in 1967 on the values of cooperation, egalitarianism, income-sharing, and non-violence, Twin Oaks Community in Virginia is the oldest secular income-sharing community in the USA, and – with around 100 residents – the largest. Residents work 42 hours a week on the organic farm, in the community’s tofu and hammock businesses, or elsewhere on the site. All work – from childcare to business management – is valued equally. In exchange, residents receive free housing, food, clothing, healthcare, a monthly stipend, and a supportive and lively social network. Visit TwinOaks.org to learn more about the community.
Photo by Carly Gayle