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Old 12-20-2015, 11:44 PM
 
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Recently, I was reading about Steve Jobs daughter who lives in a commune called,"All One Farm ". Does anybody have any experience living in one of these things? Iam genuinely curious about the whole experience. How many communes still exist today? If so,where are they located?
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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Recently, I was reading about Steve Jobs daughter who lives in a commune called,"All One Farm ". Does anybody have any experience living in one of these things? Iam genuinely curious about the whole experience. How many communes still exist today? If so,where are they located?
We are looking into this type of living at some point although it might be a couple of years from now.
They are not always easy to find we know of one in North Carolina but all the spots are taken up. What we have learned so far is that everyone needs to be able to have some money so everyone can buy the land in a pot so to speak. So everyone goes in picks out some land & cash's out on it. The rest is up to them, what kind of houses are to be built, off the grid or not, etc. It can be a LOT of work even before you break ground one must cover one owns arse.
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Old 12-22-2015, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Formal communes around here have became known as 'Intentional Communities'.

Google can find you websites that list some of them.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Back and Beyond
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Intentional communities where you bought a piece of land and there was no one in charge could work out good. There are a few "communes" out by me but they are religiously oriented and the commune owns everything, no thanks on those.
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Old 12-22-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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How many communes still exist today? If so,where are they located?
Hutterites have lived in communes (all property is held in common) for centuries and have scores of communities scattered across the upper west and Canada:Hutterites .

Unlike the Amish who regularly accept converts in small numbers and after a lengthy conversion process, the Hutterites are said to reject all, or nearly all converts.

As for secular leftwing type communes, only a few have lasted beyond the seventies. One such commune that has lasted for two generations now is "The Farm": http://thefarmcommunity.com/

A key reason why nearly all of the hippie communes failed was that the members rejected both authority and internal rules. The Farm commune learned that certain levels of both are clearly needed- even in a hippie commune.

As a side note, several religous based partial communes have also been started. Though the rural homes are not held in common, they are clustered near each other. Members agree to simple lifestyles, have access to community property that is held in common etc.

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Old 12-22-2015, 10:19 AM
 
Location: TOVCCA
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They are not always easy to find.
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Formal communes around here have became known as 'Intentional Communities'.
There are hundreds of these all over the world. Here's a good source for finding them:

"If you are looking for an intentional community, ecovillage, cohousing, commune, co-op, or other cooperative living arrangement, browse through our community lists – geographic, or by type of community (ecovillages, communes, cohousing, co-ops, or christian), look at our maps, or search our database. You can filter your search on many key characteristics of each community such as location, size, etc."

Communities Directory - Find Intentional Communities
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Old 12-22-2015, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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There are a bunch of them by me.

Maybe 6 months ago, there was a newspaper article I saw where they ranked states by hippy-ness. Maine ranked near the top. When I looked closer, they had counted how many communes exist in each state, along with how many Farmer's Markets and Food Co-Ops each state has, and then there was some corporate store [maybe 'Trader Joe'? we don't have any of the franchises here, I am not real sure what that franchise is about].

I can see it though in terms of who started the organic movement and originated 'Certified Organic'
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Rutherfordton,NC
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There are hundreds of these all over the world. Here's a good source for finding them:

"If you are looking for an intentional community, ecovillage, cohousing, commune, co-op, or other cooperative living arrangement, browse through our community lists geographic, or by type of community (ecovillages, communes, cohousing, co-ops, or christian), look at our maps, or search our database. You can filter your search on many key characteristics of each community such as location, size, etc."

Communities Directory - Find Intentional Communities


Good link thanks! I know we have several friends who want to start one with us. Don't care about what religion they are or are not. Just want people to work & be able to garden & work together as family. Although having the same ideas & religious believes does help.
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:23 PM
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Go down a notch and look up housing coops.

I lived in one while attending school in my twenties.

Just this year, we joined another coop for RV'ers.

All I can say....between 20 and 65 the coops are just the same. I am beginning to suspect that you never outgrow high school.
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