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Voices from the Farm: Adventures in Community Living Paperback – January 1, 1998
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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.
All the voices are real, and so moving.
If you were there, you'll love this.
If you weren't, but want the truth, this is one place to find it.
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".
I kept looking for a photo of me and my then-wife, but I wasn't there long enough. But she
The stories are a FANTASTIC look at group dynamics and, in my opinion, give a great look at the consequences of the "mission creep" that idealistic projects such as nonprofits and religious organizations are prone to. Much of this is very entertaining, often in a black-humor sort of way, and gives a great look at commonalities in human nature that apply today, whether to today's version of 'hippies', or any hard-working and idealistic group of humans trying to better the world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have been interested in the farm for many years, since reading the Midwifery books. This shows other aspects of the way they lived.Published on July 16, 2013 by kc
i have a copy of this book and love it and can't wait til the revised version comes out in a few weeksPublished on June 14, 2012 by barbara dede
loved this book, first hand accounts, blazingly honest about the good and bad aspects, will make you want to go visit!Published on October 4, 2011 by Winifred Hinson
Inspirational, informative, warm in places, funny in others. Having so many former residents' stories gives a well rounded, neatly edited report. Enjoyable, fun read.Published on June 26, 2011 by Melvyn Stiriss
I really liked hearing from my old friends. The Farm was a great learning experience and is still relevant. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by D. Thaler
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! Read morePublished on July 31, 2008 by G. E. Treaster Jr.