A New Blogger at The Farm Community

| 7/2/2014 9:40:00 AM

Tags: The Farm Community, Tennessee, commune, Douglas Stevenson,

As a new blogger for MOTHER EARTH NEWS, I thought it might be a good idea for me to introduce myself and share a little bit of my unique story with you.

Douglas Stevenson and Deborah Flowers

In the early 70’s my high school sweetheart and I picked up the first issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS and became part of the back to the land movement. We dove in head first and never looked back.

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In the aftermath of the turbulent 60’s, it became apparent that change would not come to the world through politics. Our goal became not to take over the government, but to take over the government’s function, taking care of ourselves in every way we could. This meant getting land, growing our own food, building our own home, caring for our medical needs, and becoming as independent as possible.

At the same time, we saw that the life of a homesteader can be a very isolated existence. We wanted to be close to nature, but still involved in influencing society at large. We did not want to give up social interaction with friends, the joy of music, and the richness of life found through community.

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