Sandhill Farm

Last updated: July 5, 2013 (2 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Sandhill Farm

(Rutledge, Missouri, United States)

Mission Statement:

Caring, Hardworking, Fun

Community Description:

We are six adults and a five-year-old boy living together on 135 acres in rural northeast Missouri. We grow our own organic food and share income, meals, vehicles, and other resources. The land includes gardens, orchards, woods, cropland, bee yards, and pasture.

Our income is derived from foods we produce (sorghum, honey, garlic, mustard, eggs, garden produce and value added condiments), timber sales, and from organic farm inspection, administrative work for the Fellowship for Intentional Community, group process consulting, new farmer consulting, and occasional work for neighbors.

We like to keep our lifestyle simple and healthy. We currently have a primarily vegetarian diet, supplemented by meat from small-scale animal husbandry and our local deer.

We tend to work hard and get satisfaction from providing for ourselves as much as we can while maintaining close ties with neighbors, friends, and other communities.

We enjoy regular celebrations and social occasions, including weekly dinners with Dancing Rabbit, a 15-year-old ecovillage, and Red Earth Farms, a five-year-old land trust community, both just three miles away. We also are getting to know the folks at Possibility Alliance and their local community of sustainable farmers in the LaPlata area, about 35 miles away.

Sandhill is active in the communities, organics and political resistance movements. Core values include cooperation, tolerance, nonviolence, honesty, good communication and sustainable land stewardship.

We hold meetings weekly during the growing season and as-needed during the off season. We make major decisions by consensus and keep in touch informally around meals and daily activities. We strive to balance pulling together with supporting individual choices and idiosyncrasies.

We are somewhat open to new members. Because we are a small group, any addition has a big impact. Our process is slow, as we want to make sure of a good fit before we make any commitment.

A visit for one week can be arranged during the growing season (we like to take a break from visitors during the winter). Please write a detailed introduction of yourself and see our website for more information.


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything)


  • Area: 135 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Land owned by: The Community


  • Adult Members: 7
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process: Please see our website ( and read about our visiting process. We do most of our visitor correspondence through email.
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: all peaceful spiritual paths honored

    jewish, christian, mennonite, buddhist, pagan, eclectic

    homeschooling and public schooling are practiced here


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: we all take leadership roles


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: No
  • Additional Comments: no labor quota

    annual interest on assets goes to community

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: From 50-75%


  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments: we grow approx. 80% of our food

    we try to accomodate all dietary needs

    occasional home grown meat and venison

    moderate use

    discouraged and prohibited indoors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Other
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Additional Comments

2 mi from mennonite village, 16 mi from county seat

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC), The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC)

Community Affiliations

Acorn Community, Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, East Wind Community, Emma Goldman Finishing School, Ganas, Twin Oaks Community

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