East Wind Community

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East Wind Community is an intentional community located in the Missouri Ozarks. Founded in 1974, it is a secular and democratic community in which members hold all community assets in common. Each member is also given food, shelter, clothing, medical care, education, and a monthly stipend.[1] All major decisions are made by direct democratic processes with managers for various positions being elected annually.


East Wind Community owns 1,045 acres (4.23 km2) of land and several businesses and its members pursue a mix of agricultural, industrial, domestic and social pursuits.[2] The community is located off Route 160 on the southern end of county road 547 in Ozark County just outside Tecumseh, Missouri.

The community has acres of gardens for vegetables and herbs, small orchards, as well as tens of acres of pasture. In the past decade, homegrown food production and processing has become a major focus. Tree planting and holistic forestry management are also a priority. Members learn and teach homesteading skills ranging from cheesemaking and woodworking to canning and auto repair.[3][4][5][6]

The East Wind Community has several income sources including a nut butter business named East Wind Nut Butters that generates $500,000 annually. The community manufactures peanut butter, cashew butter, almond butter and tahini as well as a peanut butter and a tahini that are organic.[7][8][9] In addition they produce "Utopian Rope Sandals", also known as "Utopes". They used to produce handmade drums through Slackjaw Percussion. Members are required to work a certain number of hours and income from the businesses is used to support the community.[10]

Prospective members are selected by a membership team and are then invited for a three-week visitor period, at the end of which they may become provisional members, barring the existence of too many concerns within the community. Following a one-year provisional membership full members have the opportunity to call for a vote on any new member who may either be too disruptive or who is failing to do their fair share of the labor. There is also an associate status for people who do not wish to make a full commitment to the community. A provisional member has an option to take a leave. If during the first two weeks as a provisional member this leave may be up to a year long.

East Wind is a member of the Federation of Egalitarian Communities, which also includes the communities Twin Oaks, Sandhill Farm, and several others. There are many community conferences and labor exchanges between the communities, and there is a fund which all the communities pay into to help cover any major medical expenses.

Members live in dorm style buildings and there is a central dining hall, laundry and shower house. There are also several personal shelters designated as doubles for couples and visitors. Common spaces for recreational activities including computers also exist.[11]

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  1. ^ About Our Community East Wind Community.
  2. ^ Londberg, Max. [1] "The Kansas City Star." 27 August 2017.
  3. ^ Wheeler, Boone. [2]"The Economics of Cooperation." "East Wind Blog." 21 September 2018.
  4. ^ Nichols, Sumner. [3]"Height of Summer Update." "East Wind Blog." 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ Nichols, Sumner. [4]"Late Summer Garden Update." "East Wind Blog." 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ TRT News [5]"Route 66: Free living and liberty at a rural commune." 9 October 2017.
  7. ^ Wheeler, Vivian. [6] "417 Magazine" September 2016.
  8. ^ Flynn, Dan. Nut Butter Safe To Eat, Says Commune. Food Safety News. 31 October 2009.
  9. ^ East Wind Nut Butters [7]
  10. ^ Mairson, Alan. 65760: Not Quite Utopia. National Geographic. August 2005.
  11. ^ About Our Businesses. East Wind Community.

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Coordinates: 36°33′21″N 92°18′29″W / 36.55590°N 92.30795°W / 36.55590; -92.30795