Intentional Communities in Northeast Missouri
Northeast Missouri (aka NEMO) is home to numerous intentional communities with diverse structures. We have strong connections between the communities including a weekly potluck dinner alternately hosted at Dancing Rabbit and Sandhill. Having many communities to visit and choose from is a great boon to visitors and community seekers, so if you are considering a visit, you might want to visit all of them.
A little info on our neighboring intentional communities:
Sandhill was the first (as far as we know) intentional community in Scotland County, settling here in 1974. Sandhill is a family-sized income-sharing commune with a focus on food and agriculture. Their main cash crop is sweet sorghum which they turn into sorghum syrup each fall. They welcome visitors and have a summer internship program.
Red Earth Farms
Red Earth Farms is a homesteading community which bought 76 acres adjacent to Dancing Rabbit in 2005. They have about a dozen homesites each with room for a house, a pond, gardens and agriculture. Being just a few minutes’ walk from the village of Dancing Rabbit means that many Red Earthers frequent our village on a daily basis. Red Earth also hosts visitors and interns.
The Possibility Alliance
The Possibility Alliance is located 40 miles from Dancing Rabbit in La Plata, MO. Started in 2007, the Possibility Alliance is focused on sustainability, service, and activism. While they are a small community, they have catalyzed a cluster of homesteads and progressive neighbors in the La Plata area, helping grow the wider NEMO communities’ scene. They do not use electricity and have no website but this page provides a good overview of their community including contact info if you would like to visit or intern there.
Skyhouse is an income-sharing household within the village of Dancing Rabbit. Skyhouse helped birth Dancing Rabbit, with all original DR members being part of the income sharing group. Since then it has ranged from three to seven members. See Skyhouse’s website for more information on this DR subcommunity.