Red Earth Farms

Last updated: November 17, 2015 (1 week ago)

Listing created on: March 14, 2005

Red Earth Farms

(Rutledge, Missouri, United States)

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years
  • Started Planning: 2005
  • Start Living Together: 2005
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 660-883-5870
  • Community 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. Only members are able to lease land.

Mission Statement:

Eco-sustainable homesteading

Community Description:

Red Earth Farms is a community of homesteads on autonomous leaseholds dedicated to developing sustainable lifestyle choices. Our guiding principle is, “Love the land; love your neighbors.” We enjoy our close relationship with the planet that sustains us. In our actions we endeavor to do to others as we would have them do to us. This means a support for cooperative projects and 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 leasehold, and everyone can participate in decisions affecting the wider Red Earth Farms community. The issues upon which we seek full community agreement are few.

Many of our members are aiming to generate a high percentage of our own food, as well as shelter, fuel, clothing, tools, and other essentials. Nonviolence, permaculture, feminism, independence, 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 gardening tips, potluck dinners, frisbee games, and other social gatherings. We are open to visitors and we welcome individuals, families, and those of nontraditional lifestyles. We have some availability for new incoming members and are particularly interested in self-motivated folks with a pioneering spirit and a desire to homestead in a community of like-minded neighbors.


  • Adult Members: 10
  • Child Members: 5
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • 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 family or individual
  • Healthcare Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Internet Available: Yes, individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, exceptionally.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.


  • Type: Unspecified, or Other
  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No

Land and Buildings

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Location: Rural
  • Area: 76 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Wind
  • Additional Comments: In 2007 we formed a community-controlled land trust, which bought the land from a board member in January 2008.

    Seven year-round residences and two summer cabins. Land available on which to build more structures.

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: None
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes


  • Required Labor Contribution: No


  • Additional Comments: There are income-sharing subgroups.

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

    The buy-in amount is variable based on land use; financing options are available. Residents are charged $10/month residency fee.



  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian


  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • 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