Humankind is entering a difficult era, when fossil fuels—the basis of our opulent Western lifestyles—will become increasingly scarce. At Red Earth Farms we believe that the optimal solution lies not in scrabbling violently for the remainder, but in developing systems, technologies, and cultural practices that are sustainable*.
Members of Red Earth Farms are dedicated to developing sustainable lifestyle choices that offer a high quality of life. We enjoy the close relationship we are fortunate to have with the planet that sustains us, and we do our best to honor the non-human beings around us and take good care of them.
In order to gauge our progress toward ecological sustainability and highlight areas to work on, we perform detailed ecological auditing (like footprinting) of our activities on and off the land. This is our way of holding ourselves accountable and learning how we can do better.
We believe in taking care of each other as well as the earth around us. Our guiding principle is “Love the land; love your neighbors.” In our actions we endeavor to do to others as we would have them do to us. This translates into a deep support for cooperative projects, a growing gift culture, and a practice of sharing any surplus with each other.
It also means we respect the diversity among us. By fostering this diversity we are encouraging a variety of approaches to sustainable living. We hope this freedom of implementation will result in a number of different models of sustainable systems, yielding many solutions to the problems with which humanity is faced. For this reason we each enjoy a high level of autonomy on the land we steward.
The structure of Red Earth Farms incorporates these autonomous entities into one overarching land trust. Individuals, families, and income-sharing communities each have internal decision-making freedom regarding their own acreage, and everyone has the opportunity to participate in decisions affecting the wider Red Earth Farms community and the land trust. These decisions are made by consensus.
The issues upon which we seek full community agreement are few. Although we encourage cooperation, it is rarely obligatory.
Many of us value self-sufficiency highly, especially in the area of food. We are aiming to generate a high percentage of our own food, as well as shelter, fuel, clothing, tools, and other essentials. We love the close connection this allows us to have with the source of our sustenance.
Our community is located on 76 acres of rolling hills, with five ponds, several wooded areas, and a small creek. We are on a gravel road less than a mile from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and about three miles from Sandhill Farm. Our relationships with these communities are close and neighborly; we share potluck dinners, frisbee games, and gardening tips. The small town of Rutledge is three miles away, and the hardware stores and public schools are about 12 miles away in Memphis, MO.
Nonviolence, permaculture, feminism, and our personal spiritual paths are important to us. Among our interests are planting trees, caring for our pets and livestock, playing with fermentation, dancing, meditating, doing yoga, sharing meals, and relaxing in the evening after a full day of gardening, building, and cooking.
Currently our group consists of 10 adults and seven children. We are open to visitors, and we welcome children, families, and those of non-traditional lifestyles. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting.
*Sustainable - A sustainable society would, within the area occupied, consume resources no faster than the rate of replenishment and would not contribute to the non-sustainability of outside ecosystems.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.