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Interesting NYT Piece on a "Failed" IC

 
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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.



http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/style/they-built-it-no-one-came.html
 
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'Also, as Johannes pointed out: “Neither one of us is very charismatic. That was a problem.”'

Kept a sense of humor, at least! And sticking to their land through 4 decades and a breakup, without a single person joining their community to stay... wow. Persistent.
 
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Very interesting.

Their website.

Their Flax info page.

They have a bunch of Flax videos !

Harvesting


Spinning


We need to get these guys to become permies!
 
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