Last updated: September 12, 2012 (3 years ago)
Listing created on: December 31, 1999
The Farm Community
(Summertown, Tennessee, United States)
- Status: Established
- Started Planning: 1970
- Start Living Together: 1971
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.thefarmcommunity.com/
- Phone: 931-964-3574
34 The Farm
Summertown, Tennessee, 38483-9626
Visitors accepted: Yes
We welcome scheduled visits and tours. Please write or call. The community is actively seeking new members and residents. Check us out! The best way to visit is to participate in one of our Farm Experience Weekends and other events by GreenLife Retreats, which include a history slide show, tour, community work project, workshops, and entertainment. www.greenliferetreats.com
Open to new Members: Yes
Spirituality & social change
The Farm is a spiritual community but follows no specific doctrine. Founded on the principles of nonviolence and respect for the earth, there is general agreement that all world religions share essential truths that are the moral guideposts for sanity and happiness.
Over its 40+ year history, The Farm community has created numerous nonprofit organizations as part of its mission to create positive change in the world. These include Plenty International (international aid), Kids To the Country (brings at-risk children to the Farm), The Ecovillage Training Center (sustainability education), Swan Conservation Trust (1425-acre nature preserve), PeaceRoots Alliance (global peace movement), and More Than Warmth (students creating peace quilts sent to children around the world), and many more. The Farm is probably best known for its midwifery program in which the sacrament of birth is considered as an inherent right of all women, newborns, and families. Both basic and advanced midwifery workshops take place throughout the year.
Approximately 200 residents and over 20 Farm businesses contribute to the maintenance and operation of the community. The community is managed by an elected board of directors along with a variety of committees staffed by volunteers. The Farm Education/Conference Center hosts conferences and is the umbrella organization for the Farm School, which offers alternative education to both resident and neighboring school-age students. GreenLife Retreats is the host of The Farm Experience Weekend and a variety of other events and activities that give visitors a more in depth way to learn about community life.