Riddle Farm

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

Listing created on: January 17, 2012

Riddle Farm

(Marshall, North Carolina, United States)

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.



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

    this is our intention


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


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


  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments: Please be financially self-sufficient

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: but not required

    with a goal of 85%

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


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