Growing up on a Hippy Commune

WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO GROW UP ON AMERICA'S LARGEST COMMUNE? IN THE LATE 60'S, 320 SAN FRANCISCO HIPPIES TOOK A CARAVAN OF 60 BUSES ACROSS THE COUNTRY & FOUNDED "THE FARM" IN 1971 ON 1,750 ACRES IN THE BACKWOODS OF TN. IT REACHED A PEAK OF 1500 PEOPLE, ALL WHO TOOK A VOW OF POVERTY TO LIVE COMMUNALLY, SELF SUFFICIENT OFF THE GRID. DURING THE 70'S AND EARLY 80'S, HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN GREW UP KNOWING ONLY THIS REALITY. LIVING IN TENTS AND SCHOOL BUSES, KNOWING NOTHING OF TV, PACKAGED FOOD, MEAT, MAKE-UP, PAVEMENT OR ELECTRICITY, SECLUDED IN ANOTHER WORLD OF FARMING, HORSE WAGONS, OUTHOUSES, HOME BIRTH, ROCK AND ROLL, POT SMOKING, MEDITATING AND OMING. I'M GOING TO DO MY BEST TO SHARE WHAT IT WAS LIKE FROM THE VIEW POINT OF MY CHILD SELF WHO KNEW NO DIFFERENT STARTING FROM THE BEGINNING: http://hippycommune.wordpress.com/

 

 

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