Twelve Tribes-EX

The Purpose of this web site is to help Parents and others affected by the Twelve Tribe's Cult.

Ten signs of a safe group/leader

1. A safe group/leader will answer your questions without becoming judgmental and punitive.

2. A safe group/leader will disclose information such as finances and often offer an independently audited financial statement regarding budget and expenses. Safe groups and leaders will tell you more than you want to know.

3. A safe group/leader is often democratic, sharing decision making and encouraging accountability and oversight.

4. A safe group/leader may have disgruntled former followers, but will not excommunicate and forbid others from associating with them.

5. A safe group/leader will not have a paper trail of overwhelmingly negative records, books, articles and statements about them.

6. A safe group/leader will encourage family communication, community interaction and existing friendships and not feel threatened.

7. A safe group/leader will recognize reasonable boundaries and limitations when dealing with others.

8. A safe group/leader will encourage critical thinking, individual autonomy and feelings of self-esteem.

9. A safe group/leader will admit failings and mistakes and accept constructive criticism and advice.

10. A safe group/leader will not be the only source of knowledge and learning excluding everyone else, but value dialogue and the free exchange of ideas.

The reader is invited to leave their brain and critical thinking skills at the door! This is the only way we (the Twelve Tribes cult) will welcome the reader into our Elbert Eugene Spriggs controlled community. Sit back and relax and leave your brain and critical thinking skills intact as the reader examines this important info about the Twelve Tribes cult.

Current Twelve Tribes member quote:

“Reasoning makes my life complicated and dark. There was a time I envied the flowers and birds whose life seemed so simple. Tonight I received hope because we are called to live a simple life – a life of obedience.” Reasoning 11/18/90

Elbert Eugene Spriggs quote:

“If we have our Father’s choice of elders and leaders then we are to render absolute obedience to them. An elder doesn’t have to defend his authority. Attitude of elders is fear and trembling for they represent the authority of Yahweh on the earth.” Elders and deacons

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“Their dedication to Spriggs is the prerequisite for remaining in the group.” James Howell Former Twelve Tribes member

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“We now see the community as extremely controlling because Spriggs directs everything. Nothing happens in the community unless the command comes straight from him.” Michael Painter Former Twelve Tribes member

Elbert Eugene Spriggs quote:

“Our safeguarding – our umbrella of protection is our loyalty to the anointing…..” Guidelines

Comment from current Twelve Tribes member

“The Lord has really gifted Gene Spriggs. He functions as an apostle of the church and we respect him deeply.”

Judy Nunley current Twelve Tribes member

Elders comments from Apostolic Workers Meeting (Just a side not – Yoneq was not present)

“We are Yoneq new sprout. We are Yoneq’s most precious possession. We are the validity of his apostleship. We stand in his place. We are the new sprout organically related to one another. We must practice his words.” Apostolic Workers Meeting 6/13/88

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. This is my opinion of Spriggs. Every Former member that we have contact with expresses the same thought about Elbert and his lust for power and control. The early community began with honorable intentions as they helped many young people quit drugs, and fed the hungry and homeless but as Spriggs garnered more and more power he became blinded. He is leading all the Tribe’s members into a ditch.” Michael Painter Former Twelve Tribes member

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“After you join the community, you do not think, nor do you make decisions. You must submit, the guilt is so strong.” Melinda Horton – Former Twelve Tribes member

Elbert Eugene Spriggs quote:

“Anyone who reasons does not have eternal life.” Understanding the deep mysteries of our faith

Comment from a former Twelve Tribes member

Community members are always told “You don’t have to understand or have revelation to obey. Just stop thinking. Take off your head and your mental reasoning.” (Just a side note – Hitler would have loved this quote – emphasis added).

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“If an elder questioned Spriggs teachings he could lose his place of authority. Dissenting elders were also talked about in the Apostolic Workers Meetings.” Michael Painter – Former Twelve Tribes member (Just a side note – All Tribes members must absolutely obey the teachings of Elbert Eugene Spriggs or risk ex-communication – shunning from other Twelve Tribes members. They are unable to participate in the intimate breaking of bread (seder) with his/her brothers and sisters and ultimately if the unconnected

member (to the vine – the Twelve Tribes) fails to publically repent of his “sin” the elders ask him to physically leave the community!

Quote from Elbert Eugene Spriggs:

“Reasoning is rebellion in its highest form.” Reasoning 12/18/90

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“Obedience to Elbert Eugene Spriggs is preached above everything else.” James Howell Former Twelve Tribes member

Elbert Eugene Spriggs quote:

“We obey authority in the body absolutely…. Our first priority is upon obedience to the authority in the community.” Elders and deacons

Comment from a former Twelve Tribes member:

“Yoneq is the anointing everyone refers to.” Former Twelve Tribes member

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“The kingdom of God is a place where the government of God is. That government is the elder brothers.” Jules Laramee Former Twelve Tribes member

Comment from a former Twelve Tribes member:

“Spriggs control is in every place where he has established a community. His control is the one common denominator that marks every community.” James Howell Former Twelve Tribes member

Elbert Eugene Spriggs quote:

“If there are any opinions contrary to the anointing then we are a potential hazard to the body.” Receiving the anointing

Comment from current Twelve Tribes member:

“It grieves me that I was not connected or attached to Yoneq. Dullness prompted me to call you, when Yoneq should have been the one I sought wisdom from. All this stuff about Ayal’s baptism came about without Yoneq’s approval or knowledge…..! Ayal will be restored by a ruling government who are attached and connected to Yoneq. For weeks my heart has been grieved at my lack of loyalty to Yoneq.” Letter sent to Deshe 2/8/94

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

“We wouldn’t have left the Tribes if Spriggs prophecies, goals and purpose for existence were true. They are not true. For instance the Bible says in the Old Testament, “If a prophet utters something and the prophecy doesn’t come true then they should stone him.” I’m not recommending stoning anybody. I’m just saying if a prophecy doesn’t come true then it proves he is not a prophet. That cancels out the title.” James Howell Former Twelve Tribes member

Comment from former Twelve Tribes member:

Michael do you feel that your spiritual experience burned you in some way?

“I was definitely burned but the burn has caused me to watch out for the stove. No man will ever lead me into a ditch again because I’m very cautious. I’m growing spiritually because I am understanding things I never understood before.” Michael Painter Former Twelve Tribes member


My accidental sleep over with a cult

Cynthia Stewart

August 3, 2015

I docked my canoe at Watermelon Campground at last. I had just paddled about 150 miles on the Shenandoah River, which flows parallel to the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia. Hikers call this aqua-blazing, as opposed to following the white blazes that mark the Appalachian Trail.

Now I needed to catch a train in Harper’s Ferry to Washington D.C. From D.C. I’d travel to N.Y., where I’d hike another section of the Appalachian Trail. Unfortunately, Harper’s Ferry was about 30 miles away and I had only $60 left in my bank account, so I searched my guidebook for a cheap place to stay. Stoneybrook, a nearby organic farm, offered “work for stay.” I called them and was thrilled when they said they’d pick me up, feed me, house me for the night and drive me to Harper’s Ferry the next day all for free, even if I didn’t have time to actually work. Within the hour, an older woman in homespun clothes picked me up in her station wagon. Stoneybrook, she said, was not only an organic farm, but a religious commune called the Twelve Tribes of Israel community.

Dang-it. I’d been bait-and-switched.

During an Appalachian Trail section hike in Vermont the

previous year I’d first heard of the Twelve Tribes community, who also have a farm close to the trail in Rutland, Vermont. Hikers, including some who’d volunteered and stayed on the farm, told me various stories about the commune. One hiker said they enforced

a 10 o’clock bedtime, but only for guests who are women. Another repeated a rumor about a young thru-hiker who got sucked into the Twelve Tribes and was trapped baking bread in their basement until his parents came to his rescue. Other hikers said they were harmless.

I remembered buying an energy bar from the Twelve Tribes tent at the Trail Days Festival in Damascus, V.A. Regardless, I was surprised my guidebook did not mention that Stoneybrook Farm was a religious organization. Appalachian Trail resources I’d encountered usually mentioned if a religious institution provided service. Even most trail magic – random acts of kindness from strangers on the trail- I’d found would acknowledge sponsorship by a church or religious organization. Whatever the truth about Stoneybrook Farm, I felt tricked and was worried about staying with a religious commune. I would have much preferred a secular hostel with a microwave and a solid collection of VHSes. But we were already on our way.

Arriving at Stoneybrook Farm, I felt like I was entering an American Girl Doll historical chapter book. People in loose homespun clothing moseyed around the farm’s compound, finishing up their evening chores. Up the hill from the main house people were constructing small huts. These would be bunk-houses to host even more Appalachian Trail hikers, said my driver, who was also the farm’s school teacher. Almost all the young women I saw were holding babies. People greeted me and made intense eye contact. Every conversation ended with, “How long are you staying with us?” and “I wish you could stay with us longer.” I thought of the expression , “Don’t drink the Kool-Aid,” but Stoneybrook Farm’s nectar was the maté, a caffeinated herbal drink, often pronounced “matay.” The community had already eaten dinner, but some of them took me to their dining room and served me fruit, a bowl of gruel and a steaming cup of maté. While I ate, the school-teacher sat beside me and spoke with a distressed young woman wearing jeans and holding a cell-phone, an outsider, I thought. They talked about her plans to quit her job that weekend and join the community.

After I ate, the teacher showed me around the farm, then took me to her bedroom and offered me a twin-sized bed parallel to her own. She lent me a pair of homespun balloon pants to wear while I did my laundry. Then sorted my backpack ands she graded geography tests. One kid, she said, had answered that Ohio was a country and another wrote that Spain was a continent. “Maybe we should review geography. Mostly we just teach proverbs.” Their children study for half a day, she explained, then do farm work.

After my much needed bath, it was bedtime. I asked the teacher if they had a book I could read. My copy of Kraukauer’s Into Thin Air got destroyed during my aqua

blaze, when my canoe was pinned against a rock and flooded with water. “We have the book,” the teacher said.

There were no novels, magazines, newpapers or non- Twelve Tribes literature on the farm. So I nestled into my bed, parallel to the teacher’s matching bed, and read a propaganda pamphlet. It said that members must disconnect from their friends and families outside of the community, renounce their worldly possessions and work in the community’s organic delis and markets for free. I text-messaged several friends and my older sister: “Staying with a cult for the night, hope I don’t get sucked in.”

The teacher woke me around 5 a.m. to get dressed and attend their religious circle. First she brought me to the main house. Families flowed into the kitchen and gathered around a pot of brewing maté. Even the children ladled maté into their cups for their morning fix. Next we sat in an outdoor tent area, our chairs in a circle, and the ceremony began around 6 a.m. A young man with a full blond beard started guitar. He looked like he could have been a member of the band Fleet Foxes. They sang songs about Yahshua, a pseudo-Hebrew word for Jesus. I felt rude sitting and drinking my maté while the community stood with their hands in the air, so I put down my mug and started waving my arms, too. After more Yahshua songs, an elderly woman shared her conversion story. She said she was in financial ruins before she joined the Twelve Tribes. Next an older man gave a speech, saying that the cultural movements of the 1960s were all failures, therefore people should join the Twelve Tribes Community. He stressed the importance of authority to the Twelve Tribes: “Children must be spanked if they disobey. Women must listen to their husbands and authority figures.” He mentioned George Orwell’s 1984 and said that people in the news use “double speak,” like in the book. Actually, he was combining Orwell’s terms, “newspeak” and “double-think.” I wondered if 1984’s anti-authority, anti-censorship themes had made any impression on him. Then he directed his speech at me: “Hikers and canoe-ers are just like us. We’re both looking for something, we are searchers.” I gulped down the rest of my maté. The circle concluded and it was breakfast time.

Though Stoneybrook Farm serves gourmet treats and artisanal bread in their organic delis, the people on the farm seemed mostly to eat gruel. The women at my table said again they wished I could stay longer. They asked what I was going to do later that day. I’d been planning to stop at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in D.C., as I’d longed to see their dinosaur exhibit since I was a kid. But was the existence of dinosaurs controversial for the twelve Tribes? I wasn’t sure, so I avoided the subject. After breakfast, I used the restroom. When I came out, the teacher was praying discreetly beside the door. Annoyed because she was so clingy, I thought I’d branch out and make other “cult” friends. I offered to help a mother with her morning chores. While she folded laundry, I babysat her toddler and four year old daughter. What is life like for women on the farm? I asked. Most girls think about getting married throughout their childhood, she said, and usually marry between 17 and 19 years old. She’d joined the Twelve Tribes Community in her late 20s and was paired up with another man who’d also recently joined. While she changed the bed sheets upstairs, she mentioned she didn’t like having to do all the housework for her husband and family.

Afterward, the mother brought her children and me to the bakery where her next chores would begin. The guitarist from the morning circle was kneading dough. He smiled and asked, “Where are you from?”

“Upstate New York,” I said.

Would this be my cult husband if I stayed here? I was 24 and a half then, probably an old maid by Twelve Tribes standards, but still within breeding age. I could wed this beautiful brainwashed hipster, procreate and make artisanal bread for the rest of my life. Wait, no! I snapped out of my delusion. I have ambitions. I want to see the dinosaur exhibit. I want to hike the Appalachian Trail, one section at a time.

“We have lots of mice here,” the little girl told me.

“You’re not supposed to tell Cyndi that, dear,” her mom said, as she carried in a bowl of raisins for their bread.

“It’s OK, I have mice in my house, too,” I said, as I drew the girl a picture of a super hero to color.

Finally, it was time to leave for Harper’s Ferry and catch my train to D.C. I thanked the community for the free meals, bed, laundry, shelter I received in exchange for very little work. A man whom I hadn’t met before gave me a ride out of the community. He spoke about his son’s career and sounded proud of him, though they were no longer in contact, as his son was not a member of the Twelve Tribes community. In Harper’s Ferry, we did a loop around town and stopped beside every person wearing a backpack to ask if they wanted to stay on the “organic farm.”

“It’s a great place, just ask her,” the driver boasted. I’m a seasoned hitch-hiker and I believe it’s best not to disagree with your drivers.

“Yup,” I said shyly, but tried to communicate with my eyes: “Beware, it’s a cult!”

One south-bounder we pulled up to said he’d already stayed with the Twelve Tribes Community in Rutland, Vermont. He said it was one of his best experiences on the trail. A paradise, he called it.

I thanked my driver when he dropped me off at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Outside the building, I spoke with locals who said they were also upset that Stoneybrook Farm does not advertise as a religious organization and often tries to recruit Appalachian Trail hikers. One local called it, “false advertising.” I walked down the hill to catch my train and made it safely to D.C. But my dreams were shattered: the Smithsonian’s dinosaur exhibit was closed. I did see a few mummies though, and now had the confusing experience of a sleep over with a “cult” to ponder.

Hikers, like feral cats, can easily be seduced by anyone who brandishes free food. But if you ask me, people who are kind in order to convert you to a community that severs you from literature, the Internet, newspapers, and your friends and family and has mandatory meetings at 6 a.m., may not have your best interests at heart.



Today I read, an article about alleged abusive practices of unpaid labor and child abuse by the Bible-based cult named the Twelve Tribes. This paragraph from the article caught my eye:

The Tribes now has communities at 12 locations around the globe, most of them in New England, together intended to represent the original 12 tribes of Israel. The group owns not only restaurants but also businesses in construction, landscaping, body-care products, and tea. According to tax documents given to me by a former leader, the group’s sales were $26 million in 2012. These earnings are tax exempt and fueled by members’ free labor—including that of children. Like the Amish, the Tribes stops home schooling children after eighth grade so that they can work, a practice they call “apprenticeship.” Younger kids are tapped if there is a push to fulfill a contract. “We make no apology,” Wade Skinner, the elder, said when asked about this. “It’s the age-old practice of families.”

After some cursory digging, it’s apparent that the Twelve Tribes group is affiliated with the tea-serving Maté Factor Cafes and is probably affiliated with the tea brand Maté Factor.

Maté Factor Café doesn’t mention the Twelve Tribes on its website, but the Cafes are listed on the official Twelve Tribes website. The Maté Factor Café website links to the Maté Factor tea brand website.

The Maté Factor tea brand website does not appear to link to either the Maté Factor Café or the Twelve Tribes website. The tea brand also asserts that it supports fair trade and has never used child labor.

The WHOIS registration information for lists the same mailing address given by the Maté Factor tea brand. The tea brand site WHOIS lists the same mailing address as the Twelve Tribes community in Ithaca, NY.

This anti-Twelve Tribes site lists alleged TT-affiliated business, including several tea retailers, distributors, and restaurants. I do not know how accurate or biased this site is.

Elbert Eugene Spriggs, a.k.a. “Yoneq”, founder and prophet, Twelve Tribes of Israel

What is it that makes people think the best way to prove one’s fidelity to God is by beating their kids? If getting good with the Almighty can be won by spreading the Gospel of the Switch then Spriggs is certainly at the right hand of the Father. The Tennessee born prophet founded the Twelve Tribes of Israel movement more than thirty years ago as a means of getting closer to God by living like the ancient Israelites. Members are required to give up all of their possessions and live communally. The organization seeks recruits from the ranks of vulnerable hippies, appealing to a sense of collective living and eco-friendly existence. Men are required to grow beards and tie their hair back. Women are mandated to look a little bit less like Chewbacca than their husbands. The Twelve Tribes operate cottage industries making soaps, lotions, natural foods and operating cafes where they often lure in members. The Tribes also operate more lucrative businesses including furniture making and construction.

Spriggs looks more like a kindly wood shop teacher than a religious fanatic who believes in using a wooden stick to teach your kid a lesson. Of its 2,500 members, more than half are children who are by spiritual discipline forbidden to play with toys, watch TV or have a Starburst. So important is disciplining children to Spriggs that he has publicly advocated spanking. Spriggs explains on his group’s Web site his fond memories of corporal punishment at the hands of three special high school teachers:

“They’d tell me to bend over and I’d bend over and they’d give me a few whacks….And I got to love those people more than anyone in the school, those who spanked me….Even sometimes I may not have done it, but I still loved them anyway and took it.”

Such a stringent emphasis on physical interventions has naturally lead to incidents of child abuse in Tribes communities located throughout the world. And the abuse doesn’t stop with mere beatings, but also in the realm of child labor violations. But of course having the children of disaffected Deadheads working long hours is necessary if your cult leader is to afford his lavish life of travel and accoutrements.

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The Twelve Tribes’ Money Machine

The life of the typical Twelve Tribes member is very simple. Women’s dresses and “sus” pants are hand-made and most other clothes are purchased at thrift stores. The community grows much of its organic food. Upon joining, members give up all their possessions and do not own worldly treasures such as TV’s, radios, jewelry or expensive cars etc. Ex-leaders and members often talk about the frugality of the life within the Twelve Tribes communities where the elders pinch every penny and members work long hours for no pay. The Twelve Tribes leaders do not deny this. They are proud of this fact because they are working to build the kingdom of God on earth and preparing the Messiah’s bride for His return.

The TT leaders adamantly deny that Gene Spriggs lives a “jet-setting” life or any differently than the average member in good standing. However, Michael Painter and James Howell, former high level leaders (3rd and 4th in command under Spriggs and Eddie Wiseman) stated in a video that Spriggs enjoys a wallet full of credit cards and travels where and when he desires and also enjoys luxuries the average member does not have access to. As the only apostle for the Twelve Tribes, his role and duty is to plant new communities wherever he feels God leads him. Subsequently Spriggs often travels around the world establishing new communities. Gene always nurtured an inclination towards world travel. The TT published Elbert Spriggs’ biography in which they state he gave up an executive job to become a tour director for a large travel company so that he could see the world.

The Twelve Tribes never experience difficulty when purchasing buildings, businesses and property to expand their kingdom on earth. In the past they have claimed that although a number of people enter the TT willing to give up wealth and possessions just as many enter poverty stricken or even bring a load of debt. In a majority of the cases where the new recruit owes worldly debts, the community refuses to pay the new recruit’s bills which subsequently ruin their credit rating for many years! (See the entry Common Ground Common Thieves – Cheryl’s story). So how can they enter a town and drop millions of dollars to buy one or more multiple buildings? How did they afford to host a large cultural event on the National Mall in Washington DC June 26-July 6th 2004? How can they afford to produce high quality films denouncing Christianity?

The Twelve Tribes can accomplish this because they own over 24 substantial businesses around the world. Many of these are high end construction companies that list no affiliation to the Twelve Tribes on their web sites or advertisements. Below, is a consolidated list of direct links to these Twelve Tribes businesses. The community hosts these sites which a person could stumble across, but there is no one single list as provided below. I believe the Twelve Tribes do not want the public or their own members to comprehend the vast amount of wealth these businesses generate.

The TT often tells non-members that many of their restaurants operate at a loss. Most of these restaurants are not even listed below. Many ex-members often confirm these restaurants run at a loss but are necessary to recruit new members. However, the lucrative construction companies as well as the furniture and other products that are made with “free” labor far offset the losses at these restaurants. The most recent defectors from the Twelve Tribes (especially those in leadership positions) complain the Twelve Tribes resemble more like a business than a messianic community.

Many people were amazed several years ago that this obscure group actually enjoyed a large contract with Estee Lauder to provide their Origins products. Actually, the group provided these products from 1995 through 2001 until Estee Lauder found they were using child labor to produce, package and distribute their Origins line. Likewise, the Twelve Tribes provided products to Robert Redford’s Sundance Company until he cut off dealings with them for child labor issues.

The following links are for those Twelve Tribes businesses that possess a website. In addition to these businesses, there are a number of “cottage industries” the Twelve Tribes own and operates with free labor from their members and children. I will add to the list as I become aware of more businesses.

Twelve Tribes Businesses in the U.S.

• BOJ Construction – General Contracting (trim carpentry, cabinets, etc.) and new home construction
• Common Wealth Construction – This is a high-end construction company located in Savannah, Ga.

* Community Conference Center Construction – New home construction – Hiddenite, NC

• Anything Builders – The name says it all

* Forest Keepers (Located in Hyannis , Mass) – This is the Twelve Tribes tree cutting business

* Gladheart Tree Service (Located in Chattanooga, Tn.)

* Hiddenite Conference Center LLC Legal – Hiddenite, NC

* Heartwood Design Co. Warsaw, Mo. – Architectural millwork and casework shop established in 2006 in Warsaw, Mo.

* Steven’s Odd Jobs – They have a white van with red and black lettering and they tow a white trailer behind the van. They have been seen recently in the Hamburg, New York area supporting their “brothers” in the reconstruction of the old “Common Ground” Bakery in Hamburg New York. I suspect that they at some point in the future will be reopening the site as a Yellow Deli.

• Common Ground Café in Warsaw, Missouri

• Cursos de Ingles – Weaubleau, Mo – Lures in the unsavvy and unaware to teach them English in a “Warm communal setting: Before the dupe realizes what has happened – he is enmeshed in a mind control cult!

* Yellow Deli Restaurant in Rutland, Vt

* Common Sense/Yellow Deli in Island Pond, Vermont

* Blue Blinds bakery – Plymouth, Mass

• Yellow Deli Restaurant in Oak Hill, NY – Reopened July 10, 2013 to serve the unwary and unknowledgeable masses lethal doses of mind control!

• Yellow Deli in Oneonta, NY

• Yellow Deli Restaurant in Boulder, Co

• Yellow Deli Restaurant in Vista, Ca

• Yellow Deli Farm Stand- Valley Center, Ca

• Yellow Deli in Chattanooga, Tenn

• Yellow Deli Heritage House – Pulaski, Tenn

• Maté Factor – This is the TT Company that imports and packages yerba maté which they also produce in Brazil (again with free labor). This company sells yerba maté through many non TT distributors as well.

• Maté Factor Café – Direct sales of maté factor products. This company makes no direct reference to being a Twelve Tribes owned organization – new

• Common Sense Market – This is the TT whole-foods store in Plymouth, Mass

• The Parchment Press – This is the TT print shop in Vista, Ca. ???

• Elad Products – High quality children’s clothing

• Simon the Tanner- Island Pond, Vt. Cobbler Shop and shoe store. Outfitter stores along the Appalachian Trail and throughout the Northeast.

• Simon the Tanner – Lancaster, NH

* Currently the former Common Ground Bakery in Hamburg, New York is being remodeled into a Yellow Deli Café. It is not known at this time when the café will open to draw in the unwary and unknowledgeable (concerning the Twelve Tribes cult). Don’t let a scrumptious sandwich fool you. They are here to take over your mind as they employ mind control tactics. I should know I am a former member!

Twelve Tribes US Farms

• Morning Star Ranch – Valley Center, Ca
* The Basin Farm – Bellows Falls, Vt
* New Sprout Farm – Asheville, NC
• Common Sense Farm – Cambridge, NY
* Journey’s End Farm – Oak Hill, NY
• Oak Hill Plantation, Oak Hill, NY
* Peace River Farm, Arcadia , Fla
* Stoneybrook Farm – Hillsboro, VA
• Gladheart Farm – Asheville, NC
• Stepping Stone Farm – Weaubleau, Mo

Twelve Tribes International Farms

• Fairfield Farm – Chilliwack, BC Canada
• Little Mountain Farm – Manitoba, Canada
* Mount Sentinel Village Farm – South Slocan, BC Canada
• New Sprout Farm – Merville, BC Canada
• Preserved Seed Farm – Czech Republic
* Peppercorn Creek Farm – Picton, NSW, Australia
* Stentwood Farm – Devon, UK

Twelve Tribes International Businesses

• Sentido Común – The TT Common Sense Store on Spain
* Tea room at Stentwood Farm – Devon, UK
• Common Loaf – Bread and baked goods store in Devon, England
• Hofladen at Klosterzimmern – Germany
• Tribal trading Catalog – Online tribal trading catalog
• De tribu a tribu- Tribal trading outpost in Spain
• Tribal Trading De-Tribal Trading outpost in Germany
• Tribal Trading Fr – Tribal trading outpost in France
• Tribal Brazil – Tribal trading outpost in Brazil
• Natuerlich Gemeinsam – TT natural products from Germany
* Common Sense Storehouse Teahouse and bakery – Winnipeg, Canada
• Maté Factor of Canada – Canada’s largest importer of yerba maté-new
• Maté Factor of France- France’s largest importer of yerba maté – new
• Maté Factor of Germany – Germany’s largest importer of yerbe mate – new
• Tribal Brasil – Organics – Organic food supplier including yerba mate –new

Maté Factor/Preserved Seed/Yellow Deli and Common Grounds locations – new

• Maté Factor – Manitou Springs, Co
• Maté Factor – Ithaca , NY
• Maté Factor Coffee and Tea, Savannah, Ga – new
* Yellow Deli – Chilliwack, BC, Canada
• Common Ground Café – Hyannis , Mass
• Common Ground Café in Courtenay, BC, Canada
• Common Ground Bakery at Razorback – Picton, NSW, Australia
• Yellow Deli – Katoomba NSW, Australia
• Café Chão Comum/Common Ground café – mauá da serra, Brazil
• Preserved Seed Café – Nelson BC, Canada

Peacemaker Ship – Sails to many US ports and perhaps around the world spreading their “gospel” drawing in gullible persons to the Twelve Tribes.

Businesses that have closed or who’s Website are Down:

• – High impact website development
• – Charming hanging basket lights and lamps
• Kombucha tea is the factor for good digestion and a healthy sense of wellbeing.
• The – hand-thrown stone ware pottery from southern California

Request for assistance: The Twelve Tribes is considered a unique kind of tax exempt business the IRS classifies as a “501 (d),” under a small subparagraph of the tax code created for “religious and apostolic organizations.” Only a handful of organizations qualify and are categorized as a 501 (d).

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