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The Southern United States, also referred to as the American South or simply the South

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The Farm

Out To Save The World: Farm DNA is a pure remnant strand of 1967 White Lightning

In 1971, a caravan of 80 brightly painted school buses and assorted other vehicles carrying more than 320 hippie idealists landed on an abandoned farm in central Tennessee. They had a mission: to be a part of something bigger than themselves, to follow a peaceful and spiritual path, and to make a difference in the fate of world.

Today The Farm is one of the largest and longest-lasting intentional communities in the United States. The Farm continues as a school of change, demonstrating ways to operate collectively in terms of:

Land, water and stewardship
Health care, building and infrastructure
Local, national and global activism
Cooperation, compassion and spiritual values.

For humans to survive as a species, we must re-learn the skills needed to work together and to live lightly on the Earth. The lessons of The Farm can be applied in any community or organization.

In 1974 the Farm founded Plenty International, its relief and development arm, working primarily to preserve indigenous peoples’ lands, rights, and culture, and Global Village Institute for Appropriate Technology, to advance the tools and methods needed for constructive transition. In 1980 The Farm received the first Right Livelihood Award for its work with indigenous rights. It won the award a second time in 2011 for re-establishing legal midwifery in North America. Since 1994 the Farm has operated the Ecovillage Training Center, teaching permaculture, natural building, renewable energy and other skills for ecovillage living to people on six continents. For ten years this was the headquarters office of GEN in the Americas. Students from more 50 countries have come for permaculture apprenticeships and immersion experiences in ecovillage living.

The Farm is always looking for a few good souls to help in its work, and new members are always welcome.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 220
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

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The Garden

An egalitarian off-grid community, propagating a culture of sharing, freedom, and cooperation

The Garden is an off-grid, alternative, leaderless (leaderfull) community on a 21.3 acres of earth in Lafayette, Tennessee; hosting a constantly evolving and fluctuating group of about 10-60 people throughout the year. Individuals on the land have practiced sustainable earth stewardship for over twelve years, creating multiple acres of active farm lands, highly functional off grid water and electric systems, a chicken coop that currently houses 38 chickens, 10 storage/living structures, and a vibrant culture of education. It is a place to sprout, bloom, and grow in harmony with nature- where one can take responsibility for their impact on the Earth, and live in a wholesome way, while helping and giving to others.

Our Mission Statement

To provide land to individuals, families, and travelers to learn, teach, and experience a variety of sustainable and self-sufficient living skills.

To be a place where those who want to help others can themselves prosper through profit share in a community that provides a more wholesome and earth friendly alternative lifestyle.

To encourage and assist in the application of these skills and ideas in our surrounding communities and among our neighbors.

To establish a network of these similar like minded communities across the United States and beyond which function as way stations for travelers as well as hubs of learning and empowerment for a sustainable future.

To be family- friendly while adhering to a positive work ethic that acknowledges the value of our neighbors and our community as a whole.

To be as inclusive, fair, and efficient as possible while keeping a productive pace.

To hold ourselves to a high standard therefore setting a good example.

Membership & Visitors

  • Current members: 20
  • Open to new members
  • Open to visitors

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