Red Earth Farms

Last updated: November 20, 2014 (8 months ago)
Listing created on: March 14, 2005

Red Earth Farms

(Rutledge, Missouri, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2005  Established: 2005
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 660-883-5870
  • Address:
    1 Smith Rd
    Rutledge, Missouri, 63563
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact us (email preferred). Please see for more info about visiting.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    After an initial visit, a person writes a letter of intent, has a residency forum at which the decision is made whether or not the person can become a resident. A person must be a resident on the land for six months before they are able to request membership.

Mission Statement:

Eco-sustainable homesteading

Community Description:

Red Earth Farms is dedicated to developing sustainable lifestyle choices. We enjoy our close relationship with the planet that sustains us, and we do our best to honor our nonhuman friends. We believe in taking care of each other as well; our guiding principle is, “Love the land; love your neighbors.” In our actions we endeavor to do to others as we would have them do to us. This means a deep support for cooperative projects and a growing gift culture.

It also means we respect the diversity among us. We hope this freedom of implementation will result in a number of different models of sustainable systems. Though we encourage cooperation, it is rarely obligatory. Individuals, families, and income-sharing communities make decisions about their own land, and everyone can participate in decisions affecting the wider Red Earth Farms community. The issues upon which we seek full community agreement are few.

We are aiming to generate a high percentage of our own food, as well as shelter, fuel, clothing, tools, and other essentials. Nonviolence, permaculture, feminism, and our personal spiritual paths are important to us.

We are located on 76 acres of rolling hills, with five ponds, several wooded areas, and a small creek. We are on a gravel road less than a mile from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and about three miles from Sandhill Farm. We have neighborly relationships with these communities; we share potluck dinners, frisbee games, and gardening tips. We are open to visitors and we welcome children, families, and those of nontraditional lifestyles.


  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 8
  • Non-member Residents: 6
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Public Schooling, Up to each individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each individual


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

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 76 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 6
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Energy sources: Connected to the Grid, Solar, Wind
  • Additional Comments: In 2007 we formed a community-controlled land trust, which bought the land from a board member in January 2008.

    Six year-round residences and three summer cabins.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: No
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: There are income-sharing subgroups.

    We meet labor needs voluntarily on a case by case basis.

    The amount is variable based on land use; financing options are available.


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Determined by Individuals or Households.
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: some of our members aim to approach 100% of their own food production

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Sandhill Farm, Dandelion, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge