I really enjoyed this. I think their biggest sin was trying to get their community together before the age of the internet. Reading about it, I'm not their demographic, but I still think it sounds pretty cool. I want to go visit and have them teach me how to spin flax.
This part I found especially poignant and applicable to a lot of agricultural intentional community undertakings:
Then there was the man who brought his accordion and offered to play while they worked. Indeed, the farming chores seemed to mystify most of their would-be brothers.
“Everyone just wanted to watch us work, and that got old real fast,” Johannes said.