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Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living

Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living [Kindle Edition]

Rupert Fike
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Product Description

Twenty-five years ago, at the height of the counter-culture
movement, several hundred hippies drove their school buses into
southern Tennessee and founded America's largest, modern-day
intentional community, The Farm. In its heyday, the community was
home to over 1,200 optimistic young people and the
young-at-heart. Their purpose for coming together was to experiment
with alternative lifestyles that could help raise the standard of
living for impoverished people around the world while conserving the
planet's resources. The results of these experiments were not always
predictable, but were always interesting, and created lasting bonds
among community members that are still strong today. The Farm remains
a vibrant, working environment for change. Why has it lasted so long?
Discover the answers as members past and present recount some of their
more memorable experiences.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2065 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN); 1 edition (30 April 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001TK40X8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #889,827 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 1 Jun 2006
Anyone interested in communes and commnual living will find much to savour in this wonderful book. Straight from the horses mouth, this collection of personal stories describes the ups and downs of life on "The Farm" one of America's biggest communes in the 1970s. I couldn't put the book down and read the whole thing in a couple of days.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent perspective on communal living and human nature 7 Oct 2004
By John Washington - Published on
Ironically, I grew up in a small town close to The Farm, but never knew much about it. A friend asked me about it, and when forced to confront my ignorance on the subject I purchased the book to correct that shortcoming. Little did I know how much I was about to be entertained!

Voices from The Farm is written--as a book on the communal living experience should be--by a number of the folks who participated. It is a collection of stories that together summarize the experience of the members, and the life-cycle of the community.

The Farm and its various off-shoots accomplished some great humanitarian feats in the face of the suspicion and prejudice of its neighbors. Winning over those neighbors provides some of the most entertaining tales in the book. However, the biggest obstacles seem--as with human society in general--to be rooted in the human nature of the members of The Farm community.

This book is a great, entertaining collection of stories that together tell the tale of a marvelous exercise in social science and community economics. Excellent work by the editors in preserving, selecting, and arranging the individual contributions to tell the story of The Farm.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense memoir told in brief segments by former members of The Farm 15 Oct 2006
By Kcorn - Published on
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This book gave me a glimpse at life on The Farm, as described by people who'd actually lived there. While no book can EVER be a substitute for the daily reality of living on the land, trying to build a community, take care of children, raise food and get through cold winters, reading this book was still a very powerful experience. It made me think about my spiritual values and what it must have been like for those who were trying to live with a commitment to living gently on the earth, not hurting wild creatures, not using leather.

I appreciated the honesty as well - as varous people would talk of giving into corruption and sneaking Dr. Pepper soda on a trip to town and other acts that went against general group values. Some of these values, of course were not overtly stated...but most were understood. Others were in a state of transition.

Ultimately, the Farm broke up but this book is a powerfl reminder of all that was good about it and of the yearning for finding new ways of building stronger community lives. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I have a feeling many members of The Farm continue to live with similar values as they had back then, when they were simply thought of as crazy "hippies".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living 7 May 2007
By LMax - Published on
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Gave me a detailed vision of day to day life in a commune that is still in existence today. Very interesting, quick, delightful read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 24 Aug 2013
By César Chávez - Published on
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Entertaining and informative. The idealism and victories are captured along with the harsh realities of rural poverty and the various problems associated with commune life. It's great to hear so many different voices and perspectives from people that were there.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking into starting or joining a commune, this book is for you. 22 Oct 2007
By Jennifer R. Andry - Published on
This book contains true accounts from former residents of probably the best known intentional community, The Farm. This book can show the reader how to make a commune successful, as well as what things to avoid. It is funny at times and very interesting and educational. Take notes!
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