Acorn Community is a secular, egalitarian community, founded in 1993. We are committed to income-sharing, sustainable living, and creating a vibrant, eclectic culture. Our community encourages personal responsibility, supports queer and alternative lifestyles, and strives to create a stimulating social, political, feminist, and intellectual environment.
Our thriving seed business, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, is part of an exciting movement and growing network of farmers, gardeners, and seed savers dedicated to organic and heritage agriculture. We sell heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO and organic seeds and do seed saving education and outreach.
Remember, this stuff is hard! Living and working together, having fun and running a business, making decisions together and sharing income, are all challenging every day. We are interested in meeting people experienced in community building, communication and facilitation, and interested in building a dynamic, supportive social culture.
We always have need for maintenance and tech skills, home and land improvement, business management, tasty veggie cooking, alternative construction, seed saving knowledge, and people interested in organic gardening. Or if you just like to work hard, get things done, and to be surrounded by stimulating conversation, get to know us by scheduling a visit.
Our members are a mix of omnivores, vegans, and vegetarians, and we regularly offer a variety of dishes to please everyone.
Our beautiful 72 acres border on the South Anna River. Our two main residences are a white clapboard farmhouse built in 1908 and a community center called Heartwood with a dozen bedrooms. Acorn's money and resources are held in common.
We give "labor credit" for community work, such as building, gardening, cooking, cleaning, etc., whether or not it produces income. Members and interns alike work 42 hours per week. Groups may gather for swimming in the river, popcorn and a movie, board games, dances, and hot tubbing. In addition, many members take advantage of cultural opportunities at Twin Oaks Community and in the college town of Charlottesville.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.