Twelve Tribes Community in Rutland

Last updated: February 29, 2012 (3 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Twelve Tribes Community in Rutland

(Rutland, Vermont, United States)

Mission Statement:

Establish the Twelve Tribes

Community Description:

Here in Rutland we are a small community nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Rutland is a city that’s just small enough to not lose touch with the natural beauty all around. Here in our community we have a café and juice bar called the Back Home Again (see

This restaurant is the setting for us to work together and share our life together with other interested people while at the same time we can provide good, health-giving food for our customers.

Upstairs we are opening a hostel to house hikers on the Appalachian Trail and Vermont’s Long Trail, as well as other weary travelers. In this way, many people will be able to stay with us, by working in our café or paying a small fee.

Next door to the café, we have a store to sell shoes and natural fiber clothing similar to some of our other communities’. We also have a bakery we have started through our cafe, which sells spelt breads and focaccias made with our homegrown spelt flour from our own Basin Farm in Bellows Falls, Vermont. This bakery is focusing on sourdough, natural leavened products, and products using primarily organic ingredients. The farmers’ markets in Vermont have become our main selling places and we hope to do street vending in Burlington and Manchester, Vermont, through the winter.

Across town we have three houses where we all live together in harmony and grow vegetables in the summer in our terraced garden. Our houses adjoin in the back giving us a very large backyard to gather together in and for our children to enjoy themselves in.

Feel free to visit us here in our “cluster,” as we call it. Or come to our restaurant to see our community function together as a unit. The life we share is one of joy and purpose. As we see it, nothing else comes close. We would love to share our common life with you and tell you about the wonderful hope of a new start that we have found in Yahshua the Messiah. We are looking forward to meeting you!


  • Adult Members: 45
  • Child Members: 21
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes

Social Factors

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


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization, Commune (organized around sharing almost everything.)
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 3 acres
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Current Number of Residences: 3

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: 100%
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: full time hours/month



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Twelve Tribes

Community Affiliations

Twelve Tribes Community at The Woolshed, Picton, Twelve Tribes Community in Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Twelve Tribes Community at Peppercorn Creek Farm

Fair Housing Laws

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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