By Douglas Stevenson
In the summertime of affection in San Francisco's Haight-Asbury, a charismatic younger hippie through the identify of Stephen Gaskin introduced "Monday evening Class"—a weekly occasion which drew jointly an eclectic mixture of truth-seekers and flower young ones. quickly the category turned a caravan, and after traveling the rustic this colourful group determined to hunt a plot of land and located a commune in line with their shared values. therefore used to be born The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee.
The Farm Then and Now offers the tale of a gaggle that has defied the chances, mixing idealism with a pragmatic method of intentional neighborhood and making a version for sustainable dwelling. simply because the Monday evening periods taught scholars to open their hearts and minds, The Farm keeps as a faculty of switch, demonstrating how you can function jointly in phrases of:
• Land, water, and stewardship
• health and wellbeing care, construction, and infrastructure
• Cooperation, compassion, and non secular values
For people to outlive as a species, we needs to relearn the talents had to interact; the teachings of The Farm might be utilized in any neighborhood or association. The Farm Then and Now addresses either the successes and shortcomings of this precise ongoing social test, displaying how what was the most important commune on the planet has advanced into a superb instance of residing frivolously at the earth.
Douglas Stevenson has been a member of The Farm neighborhood for 40 years. His corporation eco-friendly existence Retreats hosts the Farm event Weekend and different tutorial seminars approximately sustainable living.
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Extra resources for The Farm Then and Now: A Model for Sustainable Living
This would allow them to put forth all their energy without holding back, achieving joy combined with material results. People were allowed and encouraged to find the work that suited them best, often trying out various types of tasks and endeavors until settling in on a field or career path that felt right. Because no one used or needed money for their life on The Farm, the concept of starting or running a business did not enter most people’s minds. They worked at tasks that supported the community, and if this also provided a way to generate revenue for The Farm, so much the better.
Buses would need gas every day. Buses would break down and need new parts. People living on the road needed food. All this took real money, and as the mobile community began to crystallize apart from the support system that had flowed so easily in the city, the connection between work and sustenance was seen as a vital relationship on the path to enlightenment. 35 36 ◆ The Farm Then and Now After entering a new city, groups of people would knock on doors seeking employment of any kind. Young, eager and with only a shortterm commitment, the enthusiastic workers were able to experience the fruits and rewards of their labors, gaining the understanding that work could be seen as the expression of love and that money could be transformed from the root of all evil into the material manifestation of energy.
A consitutional committee was created to establish bylaws that would outline the rights and responsibilities of the members. These included standards of behavior and the process for confronting someone who had violated the bylaws to the degree that their membership status could be revoked. When The Farm was founded, Stephen had established the concept that the community would be based not on rules but instead on shared agreements. The idea behind this was that rules were set by an established authority, which conflicted with the general attitude of hippie philosophy that rules were meant to be broken.
The Farm Then and Now: A Model for Sustainable Living by Douglas Stevenson