Communal Life: A Look at The Farm in Summertown

In the early 1970s a group of hippies from San Francisco and spiritual teacher Stephen Gaskin established a settlement in rural Tennessee. Nearly ten years later their experiment in spirituality and communal life was still going strong.



062 good look - photo 1, 2, 5, 6
TOP LEFT: The Farm's new "homebuilt" passive solar schoolhouse. TOP RIGHT: The left side of this house, the main section, shelters more than 20 people. The right side is still under construction . BOTTOM LEFT: A dedicated worker converts household garbage into compost. BOTTOM RIGHT: Some folks, still live in "classic beatnik" accommodations ... like this converted school bus with its plywood addition and protruding woodstove chimney.
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062 good look - photo 4 and 7
LEFT: Stephen Gaskin, the group's spiritual teacher, gives a boost to a young friend. RIGHT: A batch of fresh tofu prepared in the soy dairy.
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062 good look - harvesting sweet potatoes
Farming crew members harvest the community sweet potato crop
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062 good look - photo 8, 9, 10
LEFT: Ina May Gaskin, leader of the Spiritual Midwifery movement. TOP RIGHT: The Summertown group has its own down-home laundromat. BOTTOM RIGHT: Folks at The Farm's entrance talk with everyone who visits the rural Tennessee community
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