Alluring Myths

It is the beginning of fruit season here.  There are daily more strawberries than even our ravenous kids can consume, and they just keep coming.  One of the things i appreciate about the early members of this place is that they planted all sorts of fruit trees and bushes.  For the next 3 months in various parts of campus there will be edible sweet things.  And it really does turn out that strawberries you eat an hour after picking taste better than ones flown half way round the world to pay off some World Bank/IMF loan scam.

Strawberry processing circa 1993

So i drove the new tofu truck to south central Maryland on Monday.  The trip was fraught with several problems including me not bringing enough cash to buy gas for the return trip.  But that is the source for another post.

What did happen is i got into a conversation with the guy from the distributor who wanted to give me an apple.  He always gives the Twin Oaks delivery people apples.  Turns out a couple fo years back one driver told him we had cut the food budget for apples.  He felt this was a terrible shame and that really these poor communards should be able to get these simple inexpensive fruit.

Our driver did not mention our massive fruit harvests (including our own apples, tho they have been diminishing over the last years) .  Nor did they mention that we grow 70% if iur own produce, which we also often eat fresh.  Or that we spend $50K per year on bulk external food (which only works out to about $500 per person, but still keeps us in dried cranberry and the like these days),

When you hear we have cut apples, you can only imagine we are poor and suffering.  It is because you cant really imagine what it is like to be here.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

6 responses to “Alluring Myths”

  1. Abigail says :

    The life of a communard is rich indeed. I love that the guy gives you apples. Maybe next time someone should bring him a strawberry.

  2. Sara Tansey says :

    i wonder how we help him imagine life at twin oaks. a strawberry sounds like a good start, maybe a handful, but how do you convey the social structure, the ease of shared resources, the funny little moments with the kids, the freedom from meaningless work. how do you share the experience in a way that debunks the pre conceived critiques and opens peoples eyes? how do we counter stigma and judgment?

  3. Sapphyre says :

    This whole story *still* makes me giggle & I agree with Abigal – next trip someone should bring him whatever we have in excess! Who knows? Maybe that will make him curious to know more about Twin Oaks, opening up the opportunity to help educate him in regards to the experience here in community.

  4. paxus says :

    Oh, i think he knows about us on some level. I think he assumes correctly many of the things which are happening. He is a pretty groovy guy himself, as much as i could tell. Hard working, hands in the dirt (he was gardening at a friends place before i arrived) relaxed, mostly carried organic stuff. Buys from us and Acorns seed business.

    And i still think he holds some myths about us like this poverty one. And i will encourage our next delivery driver to bring him something from us for all his apples.

  5. trina says :

    I must say that he knows TO on a beautiful level~ i used to talk to him for 30+ minutes every time i made that run. i always thought he offered me an apple just to tickle my fancy~and it worked! i rarely got a nice juicy sweet apple on the farm and I never connected that he might think twin oaks didnt have an apple supply- i just thought it was a nice gesture after a long, and sometimes perilous drive. I loved my chats with this man and thought he had nothing but admiration for the TO lifestyle. In all my extended chats I never felt a hint of pity~ but I always appreciated an apple at that point in my day!

  6. paxus says :

    Dearest Trina:

    i hope i did not give the impression he did not respect and appreciate us. And when he told the story of why he gave us the apples, there was definitely some sadness on his part about us not having this type of treat anymore (tho he admitted that he did not know if the apple cuts were still in place and i told him that apples were back – we have dried cranberries these days).


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