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A powerful, inspiring story! The Farm Then and Now

Posted on March 20, 2015 by
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Community Bookstore
The Farm Then And Now
A Model for Sustainable Living
Reviewed by Erica Gentile, Bookstore Manager

The Farm Then and Now The Farm Then And Now
A Model for Sustainable Living
by Douglas Stevenson
Paperback, 2014; 256 Pages, 21.2 x 14.2 inches

The fascinating story of The Farm starts in the 1970’s when a group of young and colorful flower children traveled from the San Francisco area to rural Tennessee under the charismatic guidance of Stephen Gaskin. Imagine 60 buses full of kids, a random collection of bright and psychedelic minds of that generation, crossing the States in order to reach their destination, an epic traveling adventure. 1,700 acres of forest and fields were waiting to be transformed into their dream. The Farm was born. The revolution was finally happening: a new society of peace and equality could be built.

By the 1980’s, though, The Farm was deep in the debt, hundreds of members had left to never come back, and the few members who had stayed were very disillusioned. The experiment was on the edge of failing.

Today the farm is a lasting model for sustainable living: it’s the inspiring home of 150 people, and it continues to create and demonstrate low-consumption.

How has The Farm been able to shift from begin the commune it was to the successful intentional community it is? How did The Farm persist through difficulties and change? What has happened from then to now?

Each chapter analyzes aspects of living in community through the lens of The Farm and its history: governance, earning a living, health and diet, membership, housing and construction, conflict and compassion and many more…

The book can be used as a handy manual, well-organized and simple to read and re-read, where one can easily move back and forth from one chapter to another, selecting topics that are most relevant to their life. This book can also be a powerful page-turner, an inspiring novel about a collective dream.

No matter how read it, this book is a must-read for anyone interested in community, the history of social movements, and sustainable living.

We’re happy to offer The Farm Then and Now at our community bookstore for $20!

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 If you like The Farm Then and Now, you might also like the following titles from our Community Stories bookstore category:

The Modern Utopian (by Richard Fairfield). An exploration of the alternative communities that exemplified and redefined progressive culture in the ‘60s and ‘70s.

Is it Utopia Yet?
(by Kat Kinkade) One of Twin Oaks’ founders writes about one of the country’s best-known and most successful intentional communities.

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