Last updated: September 10, 2016 (1 month ago)

Listing created on: November 8, 2010


(Finley, Washington, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2010
  • Start Living Together: 2010
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community.
  • Business, Project, or Organization:
  • Contact Name: Forgotten
  • Community Address:
    Ste A
    Finley, Washington, 99337
    United States

Mission Statement:

Human rights, equality and justice

Community Description:

Forgotten is a sanctuary for human beings. It is a sub-community of Lothlorien which has the following purpose:
We will create a new society in which the general population will take control of it’s own destiny and concern itself with community interests guided by values of solidarity, sympathy, and concern for others; democracy and freedom are essential to survival; and we use our knowledge about human behaviour to create a social environment in which we shall live productive and creative lives without jeopardizing the chances that those who follow us will be able to do the same.

We are a non-profit community which has incorporated the Twin Oaks legal framework, the universal declaration of human rights, and we are open to all people. We named our community Forgotten because it serves people forgotten by society, namely people who are landless, homeless, unemployed, without savings or income, but they are willing to work. We also serve others who love nature as well as people who want to forget the suffering and injustice of societies based on material gain. Even so, we accept all people regardless of their previous situation so long as they live up to their responsibilities.

Update for 2012: We are currently in E. WA working on a small farm, hoping the skills we learn will be useful one day when we get a magic land grant.

Update for 2014: We’ve spent the last 3 years working a farm. We have built a geodesic dome greenhouse, a chicken tractor, a micro-vineyard, a micro orchard, a permaculture garden, and now a legal pot farm. We’ve been through a lot including wire-worms, powdery mildew, herbicide-resistant weeds, pesticide-resistant pets, overspray from neighbors, colony collapse disorder(from overspray?), coyotes, etc.
Update for 2015: We worked out the bugs in the geodesic dome greenhouse and it is now a year-round producer of tomatoes, chilis, and medicinal herbs. The pot farm yielded 50kg of high quality usable marijuana. We got a processor license so we can sell direct to retail stores. We plan to roll out farm automation and so far have replaced accountants, HR, warehouse, and secretaries with software and soon the drones will be doing disease identification in plants as well as automatic spraying. Now we’re focusing on sales and doubling our production. We got an additional 50% canopy increase so we will also be focusing on how to expand into that in 2016. Wow, what a ride it has been so far.
Update for 2016: We rolled out our crops and ran up against a greenhouse space limit and worker shortage so we are projecting only a 500lb harvest. We sold out of our 2015 harvest(yay!) and we have a retailer who wants us to give them 200lbs/mo going forward. Wow, can you imagine that?
Bless the people whose hearts are open. Whose love flows freely, like a mountain stream. Their gifts of kindness are like the crystal drops of pure water filling the ocean up. Bless the people whose love flows freely; who feel compassion for all of humanity. The ocean of love is for everyone to share. The whole world over, there’s people who really care.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)
  • Programs & Activities: WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Current Residence Types: Tiny house, Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Current Number of Residences: 1
  • Planned number of residences: 1
  • Planned Residence Types: Mobile homes, RV’s, converted buses
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)


  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 2
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process: We do not accept drop-in visits. Please send a letter/email well in advance. We will have a Saturday tour once established and a 3 week visitor program.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process: Labor is the primary tool to join. Work=get accepted, don’t work = get asked to leave. People who show up and work consistently are highly valued members of the community. People who avoid work are asked to leave quickly.
  • Additional Comments: Up to the individual


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: All or close to all
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 10
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments: 40 hours/week is required for full income sharing. the 10hrs/week is only for room and board

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Biomass, Geothermal, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Planned food produced: 100%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Hot tub or hot springs, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Indonesian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments: You’ll have to play a large role in the kitchen if you want to eat vegan. We don’t know enough to make it work at the moment.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Ecumenical (accepts all religions or spiritual practices), Muslim, Rainbow Family, Jediism
  • Spiritual Practice Expected?: No
  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each family or individual
  • Expected Healthcare Practices: We follow all practices recommended by a physician including vaccinating children. We don’t follow flu vaccine recommendations due to a very low success rate. We investigate all new recommendations for efficacy, especially when they are for children, and take them on a case-by-case basis.
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments: We are very proud to offer medical cannabis to patients with qualifying conditions, free of charge. We’re also working on a strain of low-thc, high-cannabinoid cannabis for children and adults who don’t like thc but it’s not complete just yet, maybe by the end of 2016 we will have lab results.

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Community Affiliations




We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.