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

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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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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 (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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this was a good book, great insight into the farm and the people who lived there. I spent 5 years of my childhood just a few miles from the "Farm". It was really interesting to read pieces written by those who lived there and what they accomplished.
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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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Oh the poignancy. If you care about the Sixties, read this book.
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.
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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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Well written chronicles of The Farm from the people who lived it. Excellent photos as well.
I kept looking for a photo of me and my then-wife, but I wasn't there long enough. But she
was :-)
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This book is a collection of oral histories and some original documents from the early days of the famous Farm commune in Tennessee. The Farm had a fairly hierarchical structure compared to some hippie efforts, and identified as a spiritual community, with a large amount of group effort and work involved in basic infrastructure, social experiments, and, eventually, charity projects that were difficult for the cash-strapped group to support (like maintaining an ambulance service in besieged Bronx neighborhoods, hundreds of miles from the Farm home base in Tennessee, as well as projects in Central America during a guerrilla war that threatens local partners in the project).

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.
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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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