No, I read that. After they switched, their membership went up to four thousand. Also, The Farm is a different sort of case--its main purpose is not, and never was, to set up a society based on the principles that Marx was talking about. A lot of people who *didn't* want to live that way at all joined up anyway because they were so attracted to the main objectives of The Farm, which haven't changed, and are primarily environmental in nature. In addition, The Farm suffered from poor leadership. When I visited Twin Oaks in 1985, they had around 70 members and had just finished building an enormous redwood deck for outdoor parties and were in the process of building several other structures at a combined cost of several million dollars, none of which was borrowed. I got the feeling that these expenditures were a relative drop in the bucket.
Twin Oaks had pioneered the manufacture of several products made from polypropylene rope and were making lots of money off their sales. Their partner commune, East Wind, made the same products and also had a factory which produced nut, seed and legume butters such as sesame butter, almond butter, cashew butter and of course peanut butter. It was entirely owned and operated by the commune.
Twin Oaks required 49 hours of work per week from its members and East Wind 48. That might seem like a lot, but there's virtually no commute time, and cooking/dishwashing counted toward the total. Because breakfast, lunch and dinner were provided, you never had to spend time cooking for yourself if you didn't want to; making the 48 and 49 hour requirements seem even less daunting. Finally, you could choose what work you did for the most part (though everyone had to take turns with the jobs nobody wanted, like washing dishes) and your hours, so much of the time it didn't even seem like work.
I was a visitor at Twin Oaks for three weeks and I think I was at East Wind for three weeks also. The level of organization, efficiency and freedom in these communities amazed me and still amazes me. I'd join one of them, but I like owning my own stuff too much. :-)