Friday, August 13, 2010

sunset at common sense farm


Blogger Erika said...

Are they the ones that make the toothpaste? I've wanted to try it.

August 13, 2010 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

yes! it's a twelve tribes community, my friends Othniel and Yeshiva live there, and they make all those soaps and things. I was over for Sabbath dinner tonight to hang out, listen to the music and dancing, and see their dairy goat and chicken barn.

August 13, 2010 at 9:32 PM  
Blogger Erika said...

RAD! yay, I'm excited to get a good toothpaste that is also local! That sounds like such a fun night. I'll have to trek out there to pick up some goodies one of these days.

August 13, 2010 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Beautiful sunset!

August 13, 2010 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


August 14, 2010 at 4:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you got it!i like it!!!..................................................................

August 14, 2010 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Stargazer 2 said...

Please fill us in on WHAT a
THis sounds very interesting, &
of course it would not be JENNA, &
CAF if it wasn't!!!
CHEERS with a health drink!!!

August 14, 2010 at 8:49 AM  
Blogger m said...

August 14, 2010 at 10:33 AM  
Blogger Jeff_in_Pawlet said...

Twelve Tribes is a CULT! Read the Boston Globe expose on them and steer clear if I was you.

August 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

They aren't a cult Jeff, they're fine. They're also my neighbors. That's like calling the Amish a cult.

I have no interest in all in being a part of their religion, but I am damn interested in their seven-foot deer fence, dair goats, kitchen and greenhouses. he young people devoted to agriculture

anyway: i'm not endorsing or negating anyone, just talking about what i did last night.

August 14, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Marcia K said...

My favorite soaps! I go to Plymouth, Mass to buy them. The group has a store, bakery and house near my mom's. They are great neighbors and send out the most lovely music through the breezes on summer evenings. So nice to see where they are in NY.

August 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

This peaked my curiosity. I will have to read up on Twelve Tribes Community. Thank you Jenna, for always opening my mind!

August 14, 2010 at 6:12 PM  
Blogger Jeff_in_Pawlet said...

I first came across Twelve Tribes 20 years ago at Grateful Dead shows. Religion interests me and I spent probably 100 hours learning about them a few years back.

If they are not a cult, the word should be retired then.

I respect and admire the way they live but there's an unsavory underbelly I thought you should be aware of.

August 14, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

I don't think they're a cult. My friends Othniel and Yeshiva live and work there, raise their kids there. They come and go as they please, have friends inside out of out their church, run a business in town and a farmstand in the community. I am not about to join up (they don't allow dogs, against their religion...i shudder at the thought) but they are my friends and seem happy and productive. I don't know a lot of happy and productive people under 30 so I was glad to meet them. yeshiva and I are going to make cheese up here at the farm with her kids.

August 14, 2010 at 8:33 PM  
Blogger doglady said...

Jenna, they are part of the Island Pond cult from the 1980's. I dealt with some of them when I was a US Customs Inspector. Be very very careful. This is a patriarchal society and very controlling. If you want to be with your friends, do so away from the central community. Jeff in Pawlet is right.

August 14, 2010 at 9:02 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

hey hey! i'm not joining up! plus, none of my friends were even born in 1980!

August 14, 2010 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

this is all they had on the island pond cult on the local station near island pond.

anyway, the tribe here is pretty passive. I see no reason to jump on this cult traine because of a raid in another state thirty years ago that was turned over as a mistake.I get that they are on the fringe.

Like i said, it's not my scene. But I'm not going to avoid people in my community because I don't understand them. I'd rather come over for dinner and have a converstaion and learn about them. When you do that, you get to know them as people and neighbors - not characters.

I like my friends Oth and Yesh. We're setting up a solar water heater and talking about apple orchard plans for their farm.

August 14, 2010 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Dog Hair in my Coffee said...

PLEASE check this out. And read the comments too.
Not making ANY judgement about your friends or what you do, but you owe it to yourself, as an educated and intelligent person, to RESEARCH and know what you are getting into, instead of blindly advocating for your "friends," based on emotions like happiness, productivity, their agricultural ways, etc. Like I said, not judging you, but as you've said yourself sometimes, you do have a SLLLLIGHHHT tendency towards jumping in with both feet before fully knowing what you are getting into. If you have no concerns about them, and what they stand for and believe in, then you have nothing to lose by doing some honest background research. I don't think you can, in ANY way, shape, or form, compare them to the Amish.

August 14, 2010 at 10:20 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Folks. I am in no way getting "involved" with this group. I have no interest in leaving my entire dream of running a sheep farm, dating who I want, living and working with dogs, to join a religion I am not a part of or wish to be. Though I appreciate the concern.

Again, I am not endorsing, condoning, or agreeing with them. I'm just talking with friends about cheese.

August 15, 2010 at 6:16 AM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

and dog hair: my tendency to get excited with both feet is about making jam or livestock.... not mindless joining.

August 15, 2010 at 6:25 AM  

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