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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.

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The Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability
May 27-29, 2016
Come to The Farm Community in Summertown, TN to set your course for the future, Life In Community! Our fifth conference in partnership with the Fellowship of Intentional Communities, this gathering is a  unique opportunity to tour Green Homes of all types, see Sustainable Food Production at work, over 89 KW in Solar Installations, learn about Alternative Education, Conflict Resolution, Land Trusts, Midwifery and so much more.   FIC

Celebrating 40+ Years in Community

Registration $175 per person
Students $125
includes camping (Fri & Sat)
includes meals (Fri supper - Sun brunch)
(Each registrant is asked to bring a specific food item to contribute.)

Click here to register online
or make the check out to (and mail to)
Village Media Services
Douglas Stevenson
PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483

Bring bikes, instruments, some food to share, an open mind, ideas, and enthusiasm.

Change your life...Change the world!

Douglas Stevenson

click here to see a tentative schedule

The Solar School
The Solar School, a location for workshops
during the conference.

Green Homes & Ecovillage Tours

  • Straw Bale, Deltec, Earth Shelter, Cob, Cordwood
  • Passive Solar, Clay Slip, Log Cabin, Amish Cabins
  • Insulating Concrete Form, Domes, Earth Bag
  • Solar Showers, Solar Power
  • Local Harvest Lumber, Recycled Wonders

Homes and buildings of all shapes and sizes, with gorgeous examples of alternative construction

The Deltec Home

Sustainable Food Production

  • Community Garden Tours
  • Seasonal Fruit - Strawberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Apples, Figs
  • Bees and Insect Management
  • Beans, Corn, Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Garlic, Carrots, Melons and more!

This is not commercial farming, but food grown and consumed by the families who live here.

community garden
The Community Garden

Land Trusts: Learn about the new Land Trust Document that protects the community's land base

Big Swan Headwaters Preserve

  • Over 1000 acres of The Farm’s 1750 acres are undeveloped forest.
  • Another 1475 acres surrounding the community is owned by Swan Trust, a nonprofit land trust founded by Farm members.
  • Hike scheduled for Sunday

Big Swan headwaters
The 1475 acre Big Swan Headwaters Preserve

Workshops include:

  • Midwifery
  • Alternative Education
  • Conflict Resolution & Nonviolent Communication
  • The Spiritual Path
  • Health & Diet
  • Starting a Small Business
  • and so much more.
The Farm Midwifery Center

Saturday evening, All Farm Barbecue

A celebration mixer that brings the community together. The meals features yummy barbecue tofu on the grill.
Not to be missed!

Music, Music, Music

Music has always been a very big part of The Farm Community, serving as a communion for bring people and generations together. Bring an instrument!

A music benefit in a nearby town organized
by a band from The Farm.
Community Center Community Dinner

Left - Our Community Center, our location for community dinners, parties, weddings and meetings.


Left - The Ecovillage Training Center, location for many examples of alternative construction and technologies.

Right - The Meeting Hall Dome, a massive recycled steel structure located adjacent to The Farm Store, will be the location for our Community Dinner/barbecue, with music to follow.

the meeting hall dome
yoga studio

Left - We like to start Saturday morning of our weekend events with a bit of yoga, a refreshing way to launch the day.

Right - A section of the over 80KW in solar arrays that power two of our businesses and homes.

solar panels

The Farm Communities Conference May 27-29, 2016

Registration $175 per person
includes camping (Fri & Sat)
includes meals (Fri supper - Sun brunch)
(Each registrant is asked to bring a specific food item to contribute.)
Click here to register online
or make the check out to (and mail to)
Village Media Services
Douglas Stevenson
PO Box 259
Summertown, TN 38483 


5 PM Friday - Opening Circle
6 PM Dinner
7 PM Opening Presentation: Preparing for the Future, Community as the path to Sustainability

7 AM Yoga
8 AM Breakfast
9 AM Green Home Tour / Food Production Tour
Noon Lunch
1 PM Midwife Workshop / Starting a Community Business Workshop
2 PM Ecovillage Training Center Tour
3 PM Alternative Education Workshop / Conflict Resolution - Mediation - Nonviolent Communication Workshop
4 PM Open Space
6 PM Community Barbecue with music

8:30 AM Breakfast
9:30 AM Spirituality - The Glue of Community
10:30 Meditation with Farm Members
11 AM Sharing Circle
Noon Closing Circle

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