Sustainability is important to many people. Some of the newer income sharing communities, such as Living Energy Farm and the Stillwater Sanctuary/Possibility Alliance, focus on reducing their carbon footprint, but Twin Oaks, a large, older communities, has never been very concerned with this, and still uses almost 20% of the resources of an average American.
The reason is that Twin Oaks embraces what Paxus refers to as ‘Radical Sharing’. Twin Oaks has 17 cars for nearly 100 people. (To compare, a hundred average Americans probably have 67 cars.) They share tools and bikes and even clothes, not to mention books and musical instruments and, of course, income.
Truly, most communities, even co-housing communities which are sort of at the other end of the spectrum from income sharing communities, do some degree of sharing. However, most of the income sharing communities, by their very nature, do much more sharing than simply income.
I have a button that I wear sometimes that says “Consume Less, Share More.” In the communes this type of radical sharing is a daily reality.
Pictures by Rejoice
All images by Sarah Rice
by Mac, from the Acorn Community blog, November 2nd, 2015
Dear Falling Down Shed,
We will miss you, friend. You’ve done so much in your long life, and we will always remember you fondly. Like that one time you used to live near the road and they had to drag you all the way up to your new home, some 50 years ago? You used to go by the name of Farrier’s Shed at that time. Horses and humans alike stayed dry because of you!
Oh, and remember those times after horses went out of fashion, and you started falling down? Over ten years ago now I think? You used to hold rugs and mattresses for us till it was time for our next party out in the fields…How kind of you to make sure that we had a safe space to store those things.
You’ve been falling down for so long that it’s seemed no longer fair to watch you suffer, slowly dangling yourself into the bushes, leaning over just a little more every year. But, alas, it seemed like the right time. We know that you will find the light, and will continue to warm our hearts and hands in the weeks to come.
On behalf of everyone who has ever witnessed your beauty and dryness, I think it’s safe to say that we will all loved you. And we will always miss you.