Late Summer Garden Update

The moderate summer is coming to an end and the height of the 2017 season is over. Although cooler than last year, this summer’s harvests were large and plentiful. The tomatoes are starting to wind down and the pepper’s are currently peaking. Honeybees buzz among the buckwheat while large carpenter…

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Solar Eclipse 2017

As you may be aware, there was a total solar eclipse across much of the US today. Here at East Wind we experienced 96% of totality. The world dimmed and cooled. The shadows cast by leaves all turned to crescents. Venus could be seen in the sky at the ‘height’…

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New Pantry

Stocking a kitchen that serves the needs of over seventy people requires a lot of space for food storage. Steps away from Rock Bottom (our community’s main kitchen and dining hall) we have two stand alone buildings for food storage: a walk-in refrigerator (‘the walk-in’) and dry storage. East Wind…

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Summer Solstice

Summer is here and we have been enjoying a beautiful June. The Solstice party was great fun with slackline action, darts, horseshoes, volleyball, delicious homebrew stout and fantastic bruschetta. This is also a very busy time of year at East Wind and I only have time to post some photos…

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Spring Garden Update

Spring in Ozark County has arrived with the thunderous roar of hail and heavy rain. The rainfall has caused a record shattering high water crest for Norfork Lake and has heavily damaged a number of bridges including Tecumseh Bridge which is only a few miles from East Wind. Some plants…

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The Koi Pond

A stone’s throw south of Rock Bottom there is a small koi pond and accompanying gardens. This little treasure is teeming with bullfrogs, bees, bunnies, butterflies, and bish fish. Curious as to the origin of this beautiful space I began seeking out anything anyone knew about it. Not too long…

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2017 FEC Assembly

The 67th annual (previously biannual) Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC) assembly was hosted by East Wind this year. In 1977, the very first FEC Assembly was held on East Wind’s land and forty years later both institutions stand as a testament to the durability of income-sharing and communal living. In…

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East Wind Dairy

This article is an amalgamation of interviews with current dairy managers Liuda and Ish as well as the author’s own experience milking cows three times a week for the past year at East Wind. In the past ten years the ever changing cultural landscape of East Wind has been shifting…

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Fire and Ice

Responsibly managing one thousand acres of land is a big task that requires a community sized effort to do well. Winter is the key time for big forestry and ranch maintenance projects. Last week a controlled burn was executed on two areas, about one acre in total. The day was…

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