Morningstar Commune (also known as Morning Star Ranch and The Digger Farm) was an active open land counterculture commune
near San Francisco
. Morningstar was part of the changing society of young adults in the 1960s that traveled back and forth between the Haight-Ashbury
district and Sebastopol. Co-founder Louis Gottlieb
coined the acronym LATWIDNO (Land Access To Which Is Denied No One) to refer to the ranch and other similar communal-living experiments. Then-governor of California Ronald Reagan
vowed to remove the commune from the face of the earth. The ranch existed in this form for a very short time but was a regular gathering-place for many of those traveling through the Haight.
"Morningstar" lives on as the name of one of the residences at Twin Oaks Community
, a contemporary commune of 100 members in Virginia. All buildings at Twin Oaks are named after communities that no longer exist. Ramon Sender
has written about Morningstar as part of his effort to document the history of the Free Land movement by compiling oral history interviews. Pam Hanna's vivid personal recounting of both the California and New Mexico branches of Morningstar. Part I (California). Part II (New Mexico).
In 2008, a play written about the Morningstar Commune premiered in California.