Photos from “THE FARM” in Summertown, Tennessee

April 2, 2013

Sun design on a side of the round strawbale house

Sun design on a side of the round strawbale house

“The Farm” is the oldest (formal) intentional community in the United States. Founded in 1971, it covers 6 square miles of beautiful rolling hills near Summertown, Tennessee. Thus it’s been 43 years in the making — forming, storming, norming and performing. As one of the men we spoke with put it, “Any issue that can arise in a community — they’ve experienced it.”

My partner and I have visited The Farm to participate in “The Farm Experience” weekend; below is a glimpse of what lies beyond “The Farm” gates…

The Farm School

The Farm School

The Farm Store

The Farm Store

Strawbale greenhouse

Strawbale greenhouse

Shiitake mushroom logs in the strawbale greenhouse

Shiitake mushroom logs in the strawbale greenhouse

Strawbale demonstration house - "The Dragon" - VERY spacious inside

Strawbale demonstration house – “The Dragon” – VERY spacious inside

Round strawbale house with sod roof

Round strawbale house with sod roof

Former granaries... now 'Om Chambers'

Former granaries… now ‘Om Chambers’

Spring flowers blooming at The Farm

Spring flowers blooming at The Farm

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