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Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living
The Farm community, in its heyday, was home to over 1,500 optimistic young people and the young-at-heart. Today the Farm is a vibrant, working environment for change. Here members past and present recount some of their more memorable experiences.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Book Publishing Company (TN)
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I am trying to find an interview with members of The Farm where the guys who fixed the tractors and such talked about the holier than thou attitude if you had a craving for any food beyond beans and rice. Does anyone know if it is in this book? I remember the guys talking about driving from the commune to the gas station to get some truck part, but they were going to drink rc colas and get moonpies ( a southern treat)
In the early 70's, I visited this spiritual intentional community, a counterculture settlement of hippies, in Summertown, Tennessee, whose teacher and "head man" was Stephen Gaskin. It was an experience I'll long remember--picking vegetables under the hot sun, eating soy ice cream,soy burgers, soy everything! Skinny dipping in their lake, sharing the 2-holer outhouses, meditating in a field on Sunday with 500 others with long hair nourished by soy protein. This book is a collective diary of many ...more
A short book (wish it was longer), offering a chorus of varying accounts of life on The Farm (a large hippie commune started in the early 70s in rural Tennessee, they were over 1,000 strong and nearly self-sufficient for many years). I would've liked a lot more stories and details, but otherwise a fine read.
Fun read if you're interested in hippies, communal living and intentional communities. Each chapter is a different person's story about their time on "The Farm" a gigantic commune in Tennesee staterted by a few hundred Bay Area hippies. Groovy man.
It was an ok book. It took me longer to get through this book than I thought. It's a really short book but I just had a hard time getting through it. Some of the stories in the book are really good and some are a little boring.