Stuff we like

Here is some stuff we like... now you can like it, too, and be just like us!

Here is some stuff we like… now you can like it, too, and be just like us!


 

Twin Oaks Hammocks

Twin Oaks makes some really great tofu and soyfoods like tempeh and vegetarian sausage. But we also make Twin Oaks Hammocks, the last real handcrafted hammocks and rope chairs made in the US.

Wait…what? Why even try to compete against cheap international imports? Well, we know it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But we love spinning threads into rope and weaving the rope to make these unique works of utilitarian art. The hammock may be humble, but we take pride in our work. There is a great satisfaction in being able to craft something beautiful and genuine. We also feel good about sponsoring a hundred thousand lovely lazy afternoons, time that brings people together in restorative green spaces. Check out twinoakshammocks.com.

Acorn Community

Acorn is our closest community neighbor in Virginia. We’re back and forth all the time like good neighbors generally are, borrowing things and sleeping over on pizza night. Acorn Community is a secular, egalitarian community that was founded in 1993 as a spin-off of Twin Oaks.

Acorn is committed to the same income-sharing, sustainable living, and eclectic culture that Twin Oaks is, but is a smaller place, housing about 20 members. Acorn has a slightly more anarchic air than Twin Oaks, as befitting a younger community. Less rules & regulations, too. And we’ve been known to squabble a little bit like siblings. But both Twin Oaks and Acorn communities are growing and thriving.

Acorn’s seed business Southern Exposure Seed Exchange is part of an expanding network of farmers, gardeners and seed savers dedicated to organic and heritage agriculture. Acorn sells heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO and organic seeds and do seed saving education and outreach. Twin Oaks members help support these efforts happily, working side-by-side to grow, pick, pack and ship heirloom seeds. We are all fighting the good fight against GM encroachment, one seed at a time.

Acorn Community encourages personal responsibility, supports queer and alternative lifestyles, and strives to create a stimulating social, political, feminist and intellectual environment. They are pretty darn cool. Check out acorncommunity.com.

Moishe House

Moishe House is another really cool group. As an international network of peer-based communities for young Jewish adults, Moishe House provides a rent subsidy and a program budget to residents in exchange for hosting 3-7 programs a month out of their home. Residents  work to create an ideal Jewish community with their fellow twenty-somethings. Moishe House is a non-denominational, pluralistic Jewish organization. Most Moishe House residents live in the house for 1-3 years, a great experience of cooperation and community. Check out their happening Food Justice BBQ featuring Twin Oaks Tofu. Visit moishehouse.org for more info.

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The View from a Real Sustainable Community

SurviveAndThrive-TV.com

By Janel H.

In the airport last week, a large advertisement beckoned me to “spend more time with family in nature.” The ad bore an image of a father and son fishing together, laughing over some shared musing while their boat gently wafted down a river. However, under this image was the fine print—this lifestyle could be yours only with the purchase of an expensive home in a secluded gated community.

Imagine if you could spend more time with your kids and friends, live closely with nature and be a part of a movement for social change, no matter what your socioeconomic background. At the Twin Oaks Community in rural Louisa, Virginia—the place I call home—you can. Here, we lead an egalitarian, income-sharing way of life. What this means is that the 94 residents of Twin Oaks share homes, cars, gardens, greenhouses, pastures, rivers, canoes, Frisbees, board games, washing machines, tools, tractors, and the fruits of our successful community-owned tofu and hammock-making businesses as a family. As a tribe.

People are drawn to Twin Oaks for all sorts of reasons. Maya, mother of two, loves raising her young children here. Day in and day out, her kids interact and bond with a number of trusted adults, and Maya and her partner are surrounded by peers whom they can turn to for love, advice and child rearing assistance. The community is also committed to taking care of the family’s health and happiness needs. Twin Oaks is a living example of the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Here, the isolation and anxiety of the traditional American nuclear family unit have been diffused. Read more.

Janel H. lives on an agrarian, non-violent, income-sharing intentional community in Virginia. In addition to being one of 94 co-owners of her community’s worker-owned businesses, she enjoys writing and editing and does both professionally. Her goal is to provide people with the information they need to survive and thrive in a post-petroleum world.

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The Twin Oaks Tofu crew represented at Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond, Virginia, while wearing the ever-fashionable and attention-getting Twin Oaks “EAT TOFU” tees!

The course was great, and over 40,000 participants enjoyed live bands and spirited cheers from spectators along the scenic, tree-lined route. We had a blast watching the amazing costumed runners and walkers being fit, fun and fabulous.

Next year Benji is going to wear a tofu cube costume! Be sure to come and cheer him on, or better yet, join in the run yourself! In a tempeh costume, perhaps?

News and ideas of interest to Twin Oaks Tofu fans, friends, family, and all people of the planet.