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Paperback – 256 pages
6 Inches × 9 Inches (w × h)

Weight: 426 Grams
BISAC: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
Publisher: New Society Publishers
ISBN: 9780865717695
Pub. Date: 2014-04-01

About the Author

Douglas Stevenson

Douglas Stevenson, has been a member of The Farm Community for 40 years. He has been a volunteer with Plenty International, the community's relief and development nonprofit, and is an active board member of Swan Conservation Trust. Along his journey with The Farm, Douglas has served on the membership committee and on the board of directors, as well as spending eight years as its manager. He is the de facto public relations person, and has helped present The Farm's story to countless newspapers, magazines, documentary film makers and television journalists. His company Green Life Retreats hosts the Farm Experience Weekend and other instructional seminars about sustainable living.

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The Farm Then and Now

A Model for Sustainable Living

by Douglas Stevenson



In the Summer of Love in San Francisco's Haight-Asbury, a charismatic young hippie by the name of Stephen Gaskin launched "Monday Night Class" - a weekly event which drew together an eclectic mix of truth-seekers and flower children. Soon the class became a caravan, and after touring the country this colorful crew decided to seek a plot of land and found a commune based on their shared values. Thus was born The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.

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.

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