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.