We have a simple and healthy lifestyle albeit hectic. Creativity, ecological sustainability, nonviolence, personal freedom, honest communication, consensus decision-making and emotional support are core values.
Our land includes large vegetable/herb gardens, orchards, woods, hayfields, bee yards, cropland and pasture. We raise chickens and turkeys for eggs, meat and manure. We hunt deer from our land. We produce and sell sorghum syrup, honey, garlic, mustard, condiments and horseradish. Our population swells during the growing and harvest seasons with interns, visitors and guests. Our fall sorghum harvest has become a Sandhill tradition. Not only is sorghum syrup our biggest agricultural income source, it's also one of our main social events of the year. New friends and old from all over the country and other intentional communities come to help bring in the crop and join in the fun.
Several of our members are involved with various outreach work. Locally we have started a farmers' market and are trying to create a regional food culture. Regionally, our farm manager also serves as an organic farm inspector and our founding member has a consulting practice offering facilitation training and consensus decision making support. One of the garden managers also works for the Fellowship for Intentional Community, the FIC. We currently do not have housing to accommodate additional members. However, membership tends to fluctuate as people come and go so we are always open to meeting people who enjoy a rural, alternative lifestyle and value cooperation, sharing resources and working closely with the land.
Personal qualities which work well here are self-motivation , consideration and willingness to engage in group process work. To begin a relationship with us and plan a visit, just send an email or letter expressing your interest and a brief description of your current life situation. visiting.
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Rt 1 Box 155
Rutledge MO 63563
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