In our new series, Outliers, we explore worlds beyond the economic mainstream, meeting people who’ve chosen unusual and sometimes radical relationships to money, commerce, and capitalism. For our first episode we headed to Virginia, where a cluster of communes thrives in rural, conservative Louisa County.
In exchange for working around 40 hours a week, Twin Oaks’ roughly 100 residents get everything taken care of, free of charge, from food to housing to health insurance. But the community is able to provide for its members because of their successful businesses. For over thirty years, Twin Oaks has produced every hammock sold at Pier One and they currently sell their tofu to Whole Foods.
We traveled to Twin Oaks to learn what life is like at the communal fringes of capitalism.
This series is supported by GEICO.