We’ve been farming organically and building community since 1974 on 155 acres in rural, northeast Missouri. We grow roughly 80% of the food we eat (endless vegetables as well as black and pinto beans and wheat we grind to bake with and the oats and soy we feed our chickens and the eggs our chickens lay) and we, as members of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities share our income, meals, vehicles and other resources. Our current membership consists of five adults and one child. While we spend much of our energy and time working on the farm, we also support ourselves with jobs out in the larger world.
The land we hold in common features large vegetable/herb gardens, orchards, woods, hayfields, cropland, ponds and pasture. We raise chickens for eggs, meat and manure. We hunt deer. We produce and sell sorghum syrup, garlic, mustard, horseradish and various seasonal condiments. Our population rises during the growing and harvest seasons with interns, visitors and guests. Our fall sorghum harvest has become a Sandhill tradition. Not only is sorghum syrup our biggest agricultural income source, it’s also one of our main social events of the year. New friends and old from around the U.S. and other intentional communities come to help bring in the crop and join in the long days of work and the great moments of laughter and connection tucked in between.
We give tours of our community, and sometimes host visitors who are interested in getting to know us better. Contact us if you are interested in one of these options.