Twin Oaks Community members. Photo by Brad Kutner.
Our Shared Life
Twin Oaks Community
Twin Oaks Community Foods is a cooperative business run by the members of the Twin Oaks Community, an intentional community on 350 acres in rural central Virginia. We are an “egalitarian,” income-sharing community, which means that our 100+ members pool what we earn through our community businesses. Besides soy foods production, which provides the majority of our income, our businesses include hammock-making, book indexing and seed growing.
Here at Twin Oaks, we do not have a group religion; our beliefs are diverse. We do not have a central leader; we govern ourselves by a form of democracy with responsibility shared among various managers, planners and committees. We are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. Each able-bodied community member works 42 hours a week in the community’s business and domestic areas (such as the farm, childcare and cleaning). Each member receives housing, food, healthcare and personal spending money from the community.