Summertown Tennessee

Whaz happenin dude?
Hey dude, spare change?
Meet the Midwives
c\'mon, give me the business, dude
how long are you planning to be around?
Give peace a chance
history is a mystery...
whazzup, dude?
fossil sixties
C\'mon down, y\'all.
Fun! Learn by doing, then go out and do it some more.

Latest News from the Farm:

Two new books from Douglas Stevenson contrast the early days of communal living from the present day experience

The Farm Then and Now presents the story of a group that has defied the odds, blending idealism with a practical approach to intentional community and creating a model for sustainable living. Just as the Monday Night Classes taught students to open their hearts and minds, The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of:

  • Land, water and stewardship
  • Health care, building and infrastructure
  • Cooperation, compassion and spiritual values.

For humans to survive as a species, we must re-learn the skills needed to work together; the lessons of The Farm can be applied in any community or organization. The Farm Then and Now addresses both the successes and shortcomings of this unique ongoing social experiment, showing how what was once the largest commune in the world has evolved into an exceptional example of living lightly on the earth.

From New Society Publishers

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And from The Farm's own

Book Publishing Company:

Out to Change the World: The Evolution of The Farm Community

In 1971, a caravan of 60 brightly painted school buses and assorted other vehicles carrying more than 300 hippie idealists landed on an abandoned farm in central Tennessee. They had a mission: to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to follow a peaceful and spiritual path, and to make a difference in the world.

Out to Change the World tells the story of how those hippies established The Farm, one of the largest and longest-lasting intentional communities in the United States.
Starting with the 1960s Haight-Ashbury scene where it all began and continuing through the changeover from commune to collective up to the present day, this is the first complete account of The Farm's origins, inception, growth, and evolution. By turns inspiring, cautionary, triumphant, and wistful, it's a captivating narrative from start to finish.

The Farm Disc Golf League

18 hole course on The Farm

est. 2008

Handicappers meet Sun & Wed 3 pm

You must be accompanied by a Farm resident or have permission to use this course.

The Farm:

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  • visit Melvyn Stiriss's Voluntary Peasants

    Dig the vibes and follow me down a psychedelic rabbit hole. Telepathic group mind becomes group think, as the trip becomes a 12,000-mile, follow-the-guru-round-the-country, road adventure. Wherever we went, through a hundred American towns, cities, and college campuses, we gave the status quo a good shake and spread a contact high. Three hundred hippies, in 100 colorful buses and vans landed in the boondocks of Tennessee—up Moonshine Alley—with the FBI, KKK, and vigilantes with shotguns watching the pot-smoking, city greenhorns attempt to farm and survive.

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  • The Farm in Wikipedia
  • CNN Dec 6, 2012
  • ABC News 2012
  • The London Daily Mail, 2012: From free love and sexual liberation to vegetable patches and $3 a day living
  • The Tennessean, July 21, 2012
  • The New York Times Sunday Magazine, 2012
  • The Atlantic 2011
  • News Ch 5: Korean Children Visit The Farm 2010
  • The Guardian 2009 - Ina May Gaskin
  • Memphis Flyer - The Old Age of Acquarius 2007
  • TN History for Kids - The Farm, 2009
  • Columbia Herald - Stephen Turns 70 2006
  • Birmingham News - Life on The Farm 2004
  • High Times 1995
  • Mother Earth News 1980
  • Mother Earth News - Stephen Gaskin Interview 1977
  • Mother Earth News - Ina May Gaskin Interview 1978
  • Stephen Gaskin in Wikipedia
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  • Albert Bates in Wikipedia

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