From free love and sexual liberation to vegetable patches and $3 a day living costs: Inside America's oldest hippie commune. By. Daily Mail Reporter. Published. 1. 8: 0.
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We're still. revolutionary. But everyone is now responsible for their own support.'Family orientated: The Farm is the subject of a new documentary called American Commune, made by two filmmaker- sisters who were born there (pictured)The Farm was established after. Stephen Gaskin, a former U.
S. Marine, led 3. San Francisco on an Eastern religions and Christianity. U. S. Along the way, they checked out various places that might be suitable for settlement before deciding on Tennessee in 1. From its founding, The Farm. Next generation: The Farm's way of life saw work and raising children as spiritual disciplines. The Sixties: Commune members were often vegetarian and eco- friendly - they promoted the use of psychedelic drugs which they believed expanded one's consciousness.
Encouraged family: The Farm was family- friendly and procreation was encouraged; it had (and still does) a Midwifery Center, giving free services to expectant mothers. Mr. Gaskin firmly viewed marriage as sacred, where the sexuality between.
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A serious sensibility and commitment were required in marriage in the community, and most couples on the Farm were married. The use of birth control was frowned upon, and abortions were prohibited; childbearing was seen as a natural, beautiful and wholly spiritual undertaking for a woman. VIDEO: Trailer for . The. Farm's Ecovillage Training Center was established as an educational. Eco- friendly materials. An entrepreneurial spirit also took hold, and numerous small businesses were established to provide support for the residents. Gathering place: The Farm's own dome, for picnics, concerts, with playground equipment underneath.
For example, the members ran a soy 'dairy farm', which later marketed a soymilk 'ice- cream' called Ice- Bean. Mr Stevenson said that it costs about $1. Midwifery Center for expectant mothers, for example. We've gone from being a commune to a collective,' he added.
The Farm: Sisters Nadine Mundo (far left) and Rena Mundo Croshere (right) were born on The Farm and are making a documentary about their childhood; founder Stephen Gaskin (far right) settled the commune in 1. It seems the trend is resurfacing elsewhere too. Over the past few years, several 'non- hippie' groups have seen a sharp increase in interest - where they are starting new experiments in what is refereed to as 'intentional living' situations rather than communes.
Appealing to a variety of different groups, from senior citizens to the environmentally- minded, the editor of Communities Magazine told The New York Times: 'These days you don't have to live in the boonies, chop wood, walk around nude and pool all your money to live an alternative lifestyle.'.