Riddle Farm

Last updated: August 14, 2012 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: January 17, 2012

Riddle Farm

(Marshall, North Carolina, United States)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 2011
  • Start Living Together: 2011
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Jessie Thistlegrove
  • Phone: 828-649-1868
  • Address:

    Marshall, North Carolina,
    United States

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Email or phone

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Transition Community

Community Description:

We are in the process of restoring a 100-year old farm with the goal of raising heritage hogs, nubian goats, chickens, ducks, mushrooms, catfish and trout in a permaculture setting. There are 13 acres adjacent to us that we would like to purchase with others interested in building small, energy-efficient homes in a multi-generational setting. We are very much intested in helping those around us make the transition to a local, sustainable economy that respects and cares for nature. There are some small dwellings that may be available to rent while you buy in and build.


  • Adult Members: 12
  • Non-member Residents: 1
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: We intend to build a red tent for menstruating women

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community


  • Decision Making: By an individual community leader
  • Identified Leader: No

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 16 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Additional Comments: currently 3, with the intention of adding 13

    this is our intention

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: Please be financially self-sufficient



  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: but not required

    with a goal of 85%



ecovillage, family farm, permaculture,

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