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ISBN13: 9781570670510
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In 1972, at the height of the counter-culture movement, several hundred hippies drove their school buses into southern rural Tennessee and founded America's largest, modern-day intentional community: The Farm. In this book, past and present members of The Farm recount some of their more memorable experiences. Photos.

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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.

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yipslsquirrel, April 7, 2008 (view all comments by yipslsquirrel)
"Voices from the Farm" is a worthwhile patchwork of exactly what the title claims: tales told by individuals who lived together in southern Tennessee on the most ambitious and long-lasting countercultural spiritual community in recent history in the US. WE hear from everyone from the founding spiritual teacher, Stephen Gaskin, on such entertaining topics as "Our FBI Man" and how the community eventually built a trusting relationship even with their local spook, to then-teenagers doing their best to make sense of an alternative structure that had its own rules and idiosyncracies, to hilarious descriptions of the "ripe, borderline poopy aroma" of the dryers at the community laundromat built with recycled military discards, and the truth-telling "sort out" sessions between two diaper-washing residents that might make everyone have to wait even longer to deal with their own smelly laundry.

We hear little from the Farm midwives, who are featured prominently in the Farm's ongoing best-selling, and most influential, title, "Spiritual Midwifery>" Voices include EMT and gate crew members, visitors who came to gain "relativity" on their own (non-Farm) home lives, and a description of the closed-circuit-broadcast event that was probably the deciding factor in the Farm's be-collectivization when the head of the farming crew (a founding member of the community) challenged Stephen's authority during Sunday services; enough poverty was enough, and there it was in Sunday meeting for all to see.

Insightful, entertaining, and cautionary all at once, this small volume is well worth reading.
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ISBN:
9781570670510
Editor:
Fike, Rupert
Publisher:
Book Publishing Company (TN)
Editor:
Fike, Rupert
Author:
Fike, Rupert
Location:
Summertown, Tenn. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Sociology, rural
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
Collective settlements
Subject:
Communal living
Subject:
Collective settlements -- Tennessee -- Lewis County.
Subject:
Communal living -- Tennessee -- Lewis County.
Subject:
Collective settlements - Tennessee -
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.94x5.96x.48 in. .55 lbs.

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