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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Winter Solstice

The official East Wind holiday for December is the Winter Solstice. We celebrate the end of a prosperous year and are excited for the days to grow longer. With eager anticipation, we look forward to another thriving year for our community. The big Solstice festivity is Artmas, which is East…

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Fanshen Overhaul

Update photo:   For the past six weeks the Building Maintenance crew has been busy renovating Fanshen, East Wind’s largest dorm. Building Maintenance manager Brandon has been leading crews replacing the roof, removing the old wood siding, installing new composite siding, installing new windows where appropriate, and completely replacing one…

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