"Imagine all the people living life in peace." - John Lennon. That was us! We had it going.
The Farm hippie commune in Summertown, Tennessee was a grand, low-budget celebration of life; a far-out, rockin', 24/7 peace demonstration and a bold, back-to-the-land, collective attempt to create an ideal society, a modern utopia - a commune awarded the Swedish Right Livelihood Award - "For caring, sharing and acting with and on behalf of those in need at home and abroad."
The intentional community was pacifist, Earth-friendly, people-friendly, eclectic, agrarian and vegan. It was also a "weed" or cannabis church, prohibiting hard drugs and alcohol, but honoring marijuana as a sacrament and powerful tool to help people connect with each other and their higher self. At its peak, 1,500 resident members enjoyed Zero Unemployment and Universal Healthcare. 350 children were in our school, and per capita spending was an incredible $100 a month! More than 1,000 babies were delivered free by Farm "spiritual" midwives.
An action-packed journey through wild, culture-shifting, paradigm-changing, magical, perilous times - an odyssey of body, mind and spirit. Far-out stories of a tribe of hundreds of dedicated spiritual hippies - good-hearted, high-minded, mostly young people uniting to create a cool, affordable way to live, a gracious lifestyle the world can afford.
Put a flower in your hair and come to San Francisco, birth place of The Farm.
Stiriss - "We were dedicated to create a sustainable, safe, sane, meaningful, enjoyable way of life, in which everyone enjoys right livelihood. We agreed to share the work and 'hold all things in common', and to grow as individuals and have fun in the process."
"Pooling all our money, resources, talents and skills, working together - we built houses, roads, a clinic run by our own doctors and midwives, our own medical lab, soy dairy, bakery, motor pool, cottage industries, solar-heated school, touring rock and roll band, and an FM radio and closed-circuit TV station. Over the course of 12 collective years, 1971-1983, nearly 5,000 people came and went; lived and worked together as "voluntary peasants" - sharing labor, life and friendship; living a path with heart; working without pay, for the good of mankind."
©2013 Melvyn Stiriss (P)2013 Melvyn Stiriss
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