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Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living Paperback – January 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Company (TN); 1 edition (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157067051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570670510
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Book Publishing Company started out as one of the original "cottage industries" on the Farm over 24 years ago and is still community owned. We publish books that educate, inspire & empower -giving people information to create a sustainable and healthful way of life. We specialize in vegetarian cooking and nutrition, health issues, the environment and Native American teachings and lore.

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Very interesting, quick, delightful read!
LMax
This book can show the reader how to make a commune successful, as well as what things to avoid.
Jennifer R. Andry
Inspirational, informative, warm in places, funny in others.
Melvyn Stiriss

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By John Washington on October 7, 2004
Format: Paperback
Ironically, I grew up in a small town close to The Farm, but never knew much about it. A friend asked me about it, and when forced to confront my ignorance on the subject I purchased the book to correct that shortcoming. Little did I know how much I was about to be entertained!

Voices from The Farm is written--as a book on the communal living experience should be--by a number of the folks who participated. It is a collection of stories that together summarize the experience of the members, and the life-cycle of the community.

The Farm and its various off-shoots accomplished some great humanitarian feats in the face of the suspicion and prejudice of its neighbors. Winning over those neighbors provides some of the most entertaining tales in the book. However, the biggest obstacles seem--as with human society in general--to be rooted in the human nature of the members of The Farm community.

This book is a great, entertaining collection of stories that together tell the tale of a marvelous exercise in social science and community economics. Excellent work by the editors in preserving, selecting, and arranging the individual contributions to tell the story of The Farm.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K. Corn TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
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This book gave me a glimpse at life on The Farm, as described by people who'd actually lived there. While no book can EVER be a substitute for the daily reality of living on the land, trying to build a community, take care of children, raise food and get through cold winters, reading this book was still a very powerful experience. It made me think about my spiritual values and what it must have been like for those who were trying to live with a commitment to living gently on the earth, not hurting wild creatures, not using leather.

I appreciated the honesty as well - as varous people would talk of giving into corruption and sneaking Dr. Pepper soda on a trip to town and other acts that went against general group values. Some of these values, of course were not overtly stated...but most were understood. Others were in a state of transition.

Ultimately, the Farm broke up but this book is a powerfl reminder of all that was good about it and of the yearning for finding new ways of building stronger community lives. I have no way of knowing for sure, but I have a feeling many members of The Farm continue to live with similar values as they had back then, when they were simply thought of as crazy "hippies".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Thaler on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I really liked hearing from my old friends. The Farm was a great learning experience and is still relevant. It's unfortunate that the pictures that had been planned for this book were left out at the last minute.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LMax on May 7, 2007
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Gave me a detailed vision of day to day life in a commune that is still in existence today. Very interesting, quick, delightful read!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Treaster Jr. on July 31, 2008
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Brought back warm memories of my brief stay at The Farm in the late 70's. Wonderful place, people, and philosophy. Often wished I'd decided to take up residence there! A great little book, quick read. Peace, Love & Blessings to y'all! (Write on, Rupert!)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer R. Andry on October 22, 2007
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This book contains true accounts from former residents of probably the best known intentional community, The Farm. This book can show the reader how to make a commune successful, as well as what things to avoid. It is funny at times and very interesting and educational. Take notes!
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By César Chávez on August 24, 2013
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Entertaining and informative. The idealism and victories are captured along with the harsh realities of rural poverty and the various problems associated with commune life. It's great to hear so many different voices and perspectives from people that were there.
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