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2015 Calendar
Swan Conservation Trust Hike March 14
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend March 20-22
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week March -April
Farm Experience Weekend April 17-19
The Land -
with Swan Conservation Trust
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Preserve Day
Hike, followed by dinner and music
Discover Big Swan Headwaters Day April 18hike, followed by dinner and music
Midwife Assistant Workshop April 26-May 2
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week May
Birthworkers Retreat May 15-18
Midwife Herb Workshop May 21-23
The Communities Conference May 22-24
Advanced Midwife Workshop May 24-29
Common Sense and Tradition
Swan Conservation Trust Hike May 30
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
June 1-7
Organic Gardening Intensive June 3-7
A 5 day hands-on gardening plus garden tours on and off-The Farm to visit Shiitake operations, a bamboo nursery...more
Swan Trust Hike June 13
Little Grinders Creek State Natural Area
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
June 8-14
Advanced Midwife Workshop June 14-19
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week July
Farm Experience Summer Retreat
July 15-19
Fun for the entire family
. All of the Farm Experience workshops plus activities for kids. Swimming, hiking...more
Buffalo River Canoe Trip July 19
Swan Trust
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 2-8
Swan Trust Hike August 8
Devils Backbone State Natural Area
Midwife Assistant Workshop August 23-29
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week
Aug -Sept
Swan Trust Hike Sept 12
Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
Farm Experience Weekend Sept 18-20
Farm Apprentice Orientation Week Sept -Oct
Swan Trust Oct 10
Invasive species removal
Big Swan Headwaters Preserve
Farm Experience Weekend Oct 16-18
Our last Farm Experience till next year!
Woofer & Work Exchange Permablitzes
Swan Trust Hike Nov 14
Cheeks Bend on the Duck River
Midwifery Kinesiology Workshop Nov 6-7
Midwife Assistant Workshop Nov 8-14
Midwifery Workshop - Neonatal Resuscitation November 16-17
Farm School Holiday Bazaar Dec. 6
Holiday Bazaar Facebook Page
Visit The Farm School web site

This year The Farm Ecovillage Training Center will also be offering a permaculture design certificate for apprentices who attend for two consecutive months.


The Farm Market under the Dome
Sept 19 / Oct 17

Farm Experience Weekend
Sept 18-20 / Oct 16-18

Welcome to The Farm Community

The Farm is an intentional community of families and friends living on three square miles in southern middle Tennessee.

We started The Farm in 1971 with the goal of establishing a strongly cohesive, outwardly-directed community.

We want, by action and example, to have a positive effect on the world.

Over the last 40+ years, The Farm has become well known for many things, from natural childbirth and midwifery to healthy diet and vegetarian cuisine, creative arts and alternative technologies to its partnerships and assistance to native cultures.

We choose to live in community where we share our lives and fortunes, good times and hard times. We feel that we can be stronger and more useful together than we could be separately.

Green Home and Ecovillage Tours, Sustainable Food Production, Workshops, and much, much more!

Check out our calendar for the full event schedule.

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Two NEW books! At last the story is told! Out to Change the World and The Farm Then and Now
out to chage the world   The Farm Then and Now

The Farm’s colorful, hippie heyday is now but a distant memory. Even the great Changeover, the defining moment of The New Farm, is now decades in the past.

The Farm Community has not only survived, but remains as a model lifestyle for humanity, demonstrating that humans can live together in a way that is ecological, peaceful, and viable.

Follow the story of The Farm Community from San Francisco to Tennessee and the 40 years evolution into a modern day ecovillage.


The Farm Then and Now digs deeper, presenting the story of a group that has defied the odds, blending idealism with a practical approach to intentional community and creating a model for sustainable living. Just as the Summer of Love opened their hearts and minds, The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of:

  • Community government, Resolving differences and disputes
  • Land stewardship and management
  • Health care, building and infrastructure
  • Cooperation, compassion and spiritual values.



Douglas Stevenson blog's for Mother Earth News Magazine. To see all his blog posts about organic gardening, green housing and more,
do a search using his name on the Mother Earth News web site..

Watch the trailer, "40 Years on The Farm"
40 years on The Far,

40 Years On The Farm - Trailer from Nashville Digital Video on Vimeo.

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The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The Guardian, Mother Earth News, Birmingham News, Memphis Flyer, Tennessee History for Kids, High Times, Stephen Gaskin, Ina May Gaskin, ...more
The Farm is featured as the lead story in the Sunday, July 21, 2013: Tennessean. Check it out: Lead article / Follow up article /
Photo slide show history / Photo slide show Life on The Farm
The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, TN
Peace, Love and Nature on The Farm
Ina May Gaskin featured on CBS Morning Show

NEW: The Longest Standing Hippy Commune in America, May 2015
14 of the Greatest Things Tennessee has given us - May, 2015

Stephen GAskinStephen Gaskin, 1935-2014
Our founder and friend.
Our community would not exist were it not for his bravery and free spirit.

News articles commemorating the passing of Stephen Gaskin
The Tennessean / The New York Times
Nashville News Channel 5 / Associated Press / Washington Post
Sunday Remembrance for Stephen - The Tennessean
Honoring Stephen Gaskin by Albert Bates
Yes Magazine

Quotes from Stephen Gaskin

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