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Storytelling from the man who lived the adventure. The whirlwind odyssey towards enlightenment begins. The '60s come alive in this entertaining non-fiction light-hearted, multi-level history/memoir. "Imagine all the people living life in peace." True adventures of a young UPI reporter who followed the '60s over the edge and returned to tell his story. Hop aboard an audacious 100-bus, round-the-country, flower power caravan with pot-smoking San Francisco guru Stephen Gaskin and his tribe of 300 hippies “out to save the world.” Our story includes a close look at Gaskin and his whole guru trip. 

In the '70s, The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee, was America’s biggest, most thriving commune. At its peak, 1,500 spiritual hippies lived and worked collectively - all dedicated to creating a gracious lifestyle the world can afford - a microcosm of peace, a brother and sisterhood. For 12 years, hard-working, idealistic, mostly young people shared life, labor, and a vision; built a village, grew food, celebrated life, enjoyed zero unemployment, and manifested a mostly happy, peaceful vegan utopia with its own doctors, clinic, midwives, teachers, book publishing company, soy dairy, bakery, and solar-heated school on 1,764 acres.  

The collective’s global outreach nongovernmental organization Plenty International was awarded the Swedish “alternative Nobel prize,” the Right Livelihood Award for its work. A volunteer earthquake reconstruction carpenter, Melvyn Stiriss, and a Plenty crew built a clinic for Mother Teresa in Guatemala and worked with Mayans to build houses and schools in remote mountain villages. A “cannabis church,” The Farm attempted to legalize marijuana for religious use. Stiriss was a co-founder of The Farm and lived 12 years in the community working as a farmer, carpenter, mason, miller, baker, chef, gatekeeper and news editor.  

©2013 Melvyn Stiriss (P)2013 Melvyn Stiriss

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